Beef Taquitos Air Fryer Recipe

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You’re going to love this Beef Taquitos Air Fryer recipe! Simple and easy to make and full of flavor, beef taquitos make the perfect appetizer, snack or even meal.

We’re crazy about these air fryer beef taquitos! They taste so good and I love the added crunch that the air fryer gives them. Try this air fryer taquitos recipe, whip them up in no time and serve them to your family and friends.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Fast and delicious
  • Crispy without the grease!
  • Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1-pound shredded beef seasoned to taste. We like homemade Asada, Taco seasoning or any steak seasoning. (Or you may want to try our popular Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef Recipe)
  • Yellow Corn Tortillas: When air-fried, they become delightfully crunchy, offering an excellent texture contrast to the tender beef.
  • Shredded Cheese (optional): Pairs wonderfully with the seasoned beef and crispy tortilla, enhancing the overall richness of the taquitos.
Beef Taquitos Air Fryer Ingredients.

How To Make Beef Taquitos Air Fryer Style?

Here is a quick and easy step-by-step guide to show you how to air fry taquitos. 

Step 1: Lay Out the Tortillas

Lay out the tortillas and fill them with shredded beef. 

laying out the tortilla

Step 2: Roll the Tortillas

Roll the tortillas shut and close with a toothpick if needed. Repeat until the meat is gone.

Step 3: Add Beef Taquitos to Air Fryer

Place taquitos in the air fryer basket and spray with oil. Leave some space to allow airflow. 

adding to the air fryer basket

Step 4: Cook Air Fryer Beef Taquitos

Cook on 380 for 8 minutes or until the corn shell is crispy and golden.

Enjoy with your favorite toppings. 

air fryer beef taquitos

Variations

  • If you want a cheesy chicken filling or chicken mixture then add a spoon of cream cheese to your shredded chicken and don’t forget to spray your cheesy chicken taquitos with a nonstick cooking spray for a golden brown finish.
  • Cook air fryer chicken taquitos for 8-10 minutes at 380 degrees until golden.

Optional Toppings

Here are some toppings or best salsa to serve with taquitos.

You might want to make one of the following salsa recipes as a side dish! 
Instant Pot Tomato Salsa 
This Tomato Salsa is delicious and simple to make in the pressure cooker. 
The Best Pineapple Salsa 
A true family favorite, try this pineapple salsa on your taquitos today!
Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa 
This is one delicious and easy strawberry Salsa recipe which would go perfect with your air fryer beef taquitos. 

What to Serve With This Recipe?

  • Taquitos can be served with a variety of toppings and sides. Some popular choices include guacamole, sour cream, salsa, diced tomatoes, refried beans, and lettuce.
  • We also love to serve ours with a side of Mexican Rice or Street Corn Salad! It makes for the perfect meal.

FAQ’S

What Is a Taquito?

So what are taquitos? Taquitos are rolled tacos that are made with a tortilla and filled with savory filling. They’re typically deep-fried, but now you can make them in the air fryer for an even crispier texture! Not to mention air frying is healthier than deep-fried foods.

Are Flautas and Taquitos the Same?

Flautas and taquitos are similar, but not the same. Air fryer flautas are typically larger than a taquito and are usually made with flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas.

How to Seal Taquitos Correctly?

To ensure that your taquitos are properly sealed and won’t leak out the filling, you can use toothpicks. Take a toothpick and stick it through the center of the rolled taquito to hold it together.

Do I Need To Preheat My Air Fryer To Cook Beef Taquitos In The Air Fryer?

No. You won’t need to preheat the air-fryer for this beef taquitos recipe.

How Long To Air Fry Frozen Taquitos?

So you want to cook frozen taquitos in the air fryer? You simply add a further 5 minutes to your cooking time in addition to the 8 minutes initial cooking period.

Do Air Fryer Frozen Taquitos Cook as Good as Fresh Taquitos?

Yes, air fryer frozen taquitos will cook just as good as fresh taquitos. The key is to make sure you don’t overcrowd the basket and leave enough space for airflow.

Can I Freeze Beef Taquitos?

Yes, you can! Just add them to a freezer-safe container and they’ll be good for about 2-3 months. You can freeze air-fried taquitos and defrost them by placing them in the refrigerator overnight.

How Long to Heat up Taquitos in the Microwave?

If you’ve got leftover taquitos or want to warm up frozen ones, the microwave is your quickest option. Just heat them for 1-2 minutes and they should be ready to eat. Make sure to keep an eye on them though, so they don’t get too hard.

How to Make Chicken Taquitos in the Air Fryer?

You can use the same instructions as above to make air fryer chicken taquitos.
Just replace the beef with shredded chicken (leftover chicken or shredded rotisserie chicken) and season with your favorite spices like cumin, garlic powder, and oregano.
And of course don’t forget the corn tortillas.

How to Spice up Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos?

To add a spicy kick to your air fryer taquitos you could add some chopped green chiles, 1/4 spoon of chili powder or combine the shredded meat with a little hot sauce.

What to Dip Taquitos In?

You can serve your Taquitos with salsa, sour cream, nacho cheese, or guacamole.

How Long to Cook Taquitos in Oven?

If you don’t have an air fryer or want to use your oven to make baked taquitos you will need to cook for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Don’t forget to spray the taquitos with oil before putting them in the oven so they turn out crispy!

Air Fryer V’s Deep Fried Taquitos

Making air fryer beef taquitos is a great way to enjoy this Mexican classic without all the fat from deep-fried foods. These air fryer taquitos taste just as good and have less calories and fat. They are the best when cooked in air fryers!
Plus, the air fryer produces a nice crunchy exterior that is hard to replicate in any other way.

air fryer beef taquitos

Air Fryer Beef Taquitos

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

You’re going to love this Beef Taquitos Air Fryer recipe! Simple and easy to make and full of flavor, beef taquitos make the perfect appetizer, snack or even meal.

Ingredients

  • 1-pound shredded beef seasoned to taste. We like homemade Asada, Taco seasoning or any steak seasoning. (Or you may want to try our popular Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef Recipe)
  • 12 yellow corn tortillas
  • Shredded Cheese optional

Instructions

How To Make Beef Taquitos Air Fryer Style

Here is a quick and easy step-by-step guide to show you how to air fry taquitos. 

Step 1: Lay Out The Tortillas

Lay out the tortillas and fill them with shredded beef. 

Step 2: Roll The Tortillas

Roll the tortillas shut and close with a toothpick if needed. Repeat until the meat is gone.

Step 3: Add Beef Taquitos To Air Fryer

Place taquitos in the air fryer basket and spray with oil. Leave some space to allow airflow. 

Step 4: Cook Air Fryer Beef Taquitos

Cook on 380 for 8 minutes or until the corn shell is crispy and golden.

Enjoy with your favorite toppings. 

Notes

How to Seal Taquitos Correctly?

To ensure that your taquitos are properly sealed and won’t leak out the filling, you can use toothpicks. Take a toothpick and stick it through the center of the rolled taquito to hold it together.

Do I Need To Preheat My Air Fryer To Cook Beef Taquitos In The Air Fryer? 

No. You won’t need to preheat the air-fryer for this beef taquitos recipe. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 11g

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