Another rainy day in paradise complete with thunder that just about makes you jump out of your skin. Hurricanes are swirling around Puerto Rico so its time to get out the lanterns, replenish the water supply and cook up some staples. The Western side of Puerto Rico will probably just get the tail winds but it’s still a bit unnerving.
Comfort food is the ticket to soothe those frazzled nerves. This chili is made with locally made chorizo sausage, 3 kinds of mild chilies and red beans. Make it as spicy hot as you like with jalapeno, habanera or cayenne but if you like your chili mild just use chili powder. In any case, it really goes down easy with Navajo fried bread…crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Whether you use the fried bread for a scoop or pile the chili on the bread and top it with lettuce, cheese and guacamole it is to die for. You can also split it open and fill the pocket with taco ingredients or honey and butter. Yes, fried bread is just as good as a sweet pastry as it is a vehicle for savory bites. Try it with fresh strawberries and whipped cream – WOW!
Fried bread is easy to make, doesn’t require any yeast or kneading, and puffs up like a pita bread. You can pat them out to 5-inch in diameter or roll them out larger. The thinner they are the faster they fry but the smaller the pockets. Olive oil is not recommended because it will not hold up to high heat. Use a vegetable oil suitable for deep frying. Use a 10-inch skillet with 1/8 to 1/4-inch of oil in the bottom. Heat the oil to 350° F. or hot enough to cause bubbles to rise when a tiny piece of dough is dropped into the oil.
Ingredients for 4 Navajo Fried Breads:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3/4 to 1 cup tepid water
- vegetable oil for frying
- Heat a skillet and oil over medium high heat.
- In a small bowl, place flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine.
- Add 1/2 cup water and mix together with a spoon. Add enough of the remaining water to form a soft ball of dough. Don’t over work the dough.
- Lightly flour your work surface and place the dough on the flour. Divide the dough into 4 even pieces. Flour your hands and pat each piece of dough into a 4 or 5-inch disk.
- Fry each piece for 1 minute on each side until golden brown. You may need to lower the heat if the bread fries too brown too quickly.
- Remove fried bread to paper towels. If your oil was the right temperature there should be very little oil absorbed by the towels.
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Check out my recipe for Chili with Homemade Turkey Sausage Just substitute chorizo or hamburger for the Turkey Sausage.