The legend of the ‘Indian Taco Lady’
When you mention Indian fry bread, one lady stands out as being a person who loves to make Indian tacos for fundraisers.
Debbie Abbott has lived in Geronimo since she was 5 years old and loves her hometown.
“Mom and Dad, four brothers and four sisters came to Geronimo when my dad was stationed at Fort Sill,” Abbott said. “I lived in Lawton for a year and a half, and then moved back to Geronimo.”
Abbott graduated from Geronimo High School in 1980 and got married that same year. She and her husband have three sons, who all live close to Geronimo.
“We didn’t grow up on Indian fry bread,” she said. “It wasn’t a staple in our house. In fact, I didn’t start perfecting my Indian fry bread until after my oldest son graduated from high school. I think that’s where it started — people would ask for me to make something for a class and I did.”
Abbott said that her basic cooking skills came from home-ec classes in high school. After she got married, she wanted to make sugar cookies around Christmas so she asked her sister for her recipe.
“The cookies smelled good, but when I got them out of the oven, not even the dogs would eat them,” Abbott said. “My sister’s recipe said that I needed to use 4 tablespoons of salt instead of 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Needless to say, they were thrown away and I corrected that recipe.”
Abbott has done approximately 400 fundraisers in 20 years. She helps the Relay for Life each year by baking and selling her goodies.
She was invited to Pawhuska last year to the National Indian Taco Championship. She had T-shirts made and approximately 25 family members and friends took the trip with her.
“I usually make a coupon up for the auction at Relay for Life that gives the person buying it a goody a month for a year,” she said. “I love to make brownies, which is really a Texas sheet cake and chocolate pies and I love to make pie crusts. I also sell treat trays around Christmas to raise money for Relay.”