First Nations “Indian Tacos”

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Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • Makes

    3 to 4

    Indian tacos

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These delicious Indian tacos are popular in Canada, where I first tasted them, as well as the whole of North America. They are a First Nations take on Mexican tacos, but in place of maize tortilla tacos, they use bannocks or Indian fry bread as a base. There are two recipes here. Firstly, you must make your bannocks, and then cook the spicy meat filling which ultimately culminates in the recipe shared here for First Nations Indian Tacos. The recipe below for the bannocks is easy to make, and the mixture can be prepared in advance for campfire cooking in the field, or in the kitchen too.

Ingredients

Ingredients – Bannocks – Fry Bread

  • 125 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons of fat (such as bacon grease, butter, lard or margarine)
  • 2 tablespoons skimmed milk powder
  • Cold water, to mix
  • Fat or oil, to fry

Method

  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together, and then rub in the fat until it resembles coarse sand. At this point, you can store the mixture in a sealed zip-lock bag for cooking in the field, as in over a camp fire.
  2. Grease and heat a heavy based frying pan/skillet. Add cold water to the mixture, working quickly to mix it all together and to make a firm dough. Separate the dough into cakes about ½” thick, flatten them out, and sprinkle with extra flour.
  3. Fry the bannocks in the pre-heated and greased pan for 6 to 7 minutes, until a crust has formed underneath, then flip them over and continue to fry on the other side for a further 6 to 7 minutes. It will take between 12 to 15 minutes to cook them all the way through. If you are in the field and you don’t have a frying pan, make a thicker dough by adding less water and roll the dough into a long ribbon (no wider than 1 inch). Wind this around a preheated green, hardwood stick and cook about 8 inches over a fire, turning occasionally, until the bannock is cooked.
  4. Serve the fried bannocks immediately with jam, butter, honey or as an accompaniment to fried eggs, bacon, chilli or soup and stew. You can also use them as a base for Indian tacos.

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