Air Fryer Mini Taco Hand Pies

These Air Fryer Mini Taco Hand Pies are easy to make and the perfect appetizer or meal for any occasion. They are kid-approved and can be served with your favorite salsa, guacamole, or dipping sauce!

air fried taco pasties on a plate

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Why I love These Air Fryer Mini Hand Pies

I love these Air Fryer Taco Hand Pies (a.k.a taco turnovers or taco pasties) because they are easy to make, are surrounded by flaky buttery pie crust, and are full of taco meat which is one of my go-to ingredients for any weeknight meal.

I also love this recipe because it can be served with different dipping sauces for even more flavor combinations like sour cream, salsa, or guacamole. Lastly, these mini tacos are kid tested and approved so that’s an immediate winner in my book.

taco hand pie cut in half and dipped in salsa

Ingredients Needed to Make Mini Taco Pasties

You really only need a few ingredients to make these taco pasties: taco seasoning, ground beef, egg wash, and pie crust. You can choose to make the pie crust and taco seasoning yourself, or use store-bought.

How to Make Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade taco seasoning is easier to make than you think and you probably have most, if not all, of the ingredients in your spice cabinet already. Here is what you will need: paprika, garlic powder, ground cumin, onion powder, chili powder, oregano leaves, kosher salt, ground beef, and cornstarch.

Place all of the ingredients into a small bowl and stir to combine. You can also make a large batch and store the extra for future recipes in an airtight container.

mini taco pastie made in the air fryer

How to Make Taco Hand Pies

Make the Taco Meat

If you are using store-bought seasoning, follow the instructions on the package. Otherwise, cook the ground beef in a pan until brown and cooked through. Carefully pour out the fat and place the pan back on the stove.

Add the taco seasoning and water and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the taco meat to continue to season while you make the pie crust rounds.

ground beef taco meat in a pan

Cut Out Circles in the Pie Dough

Roll out the pie dough on a floured surface to about 1/8″ thick. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out as many 4-5″ dough rounds as possible.

If needed, take the scraps and form a new ball. Roll out the dough one more time and cut out more rounds until you have 8-10 total.

pie crust round cut outs

Assemble the Taco Pasties

Brush the edges of the rounds with egg wash. Spoon about a tablespoon of taco meat in the middle of the dough round and then fold it in half.

Use a fork to crimp the edges closed. Use a sharp knife to make 3 cuts on the top of the turnovers.

Beat the egg in a small bowl for the egg wash and brush the egg wash on the top of the turnovers and along the edges.

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Air Fry the Mini Taco Hand Pies

Preheat the air fryer at 350°F for 3-4 minutes. Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray, add the hand pies, and air fry for 12 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Use tongs to remove the pastries and place them on a wire rack or plate to cool. Repeat with remaining pies.

taco hand pies in air fryer basket before cooking

Can You Make Larger Hand Pies?

Yes, you can make a larger version of these taco turnovers. Of course, you will need to adjust the air fry time to compensate for the larger size.

air fryer taco hand pies with dipping sauces on the side

Can I Make These in The Oven?

You can make these in the oven instead of the air fryer. On a baking sheet lined with silicone or parchment, bake the hand pies at 425°F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Which Air Fryer I Use For This Recipe

I use the COSORI ProI Air Fryer Oven Combo. It is perfect for larger families and longer air frying times.

If this air fryer is too big for you, check out the COSORI Small Air Fryer or an attachment for the top of the Instant Pot.

Tips for Making Air Fryer Taco Hand Pies

  • If you want the brownest and flakiest hand pies, place them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before cooking. This step is optional but does make a difference.
  • Use a sharp knife like a paring knife to make the cuts on the top of the hand pies.
  • Don’t forget to spray your air fryer basket so the hand pies don’t stick!
  • If you have leftovers, store them in a covered container in the fridge. To reheat, use your air fryer for the best results.

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Air Fryer Mini Hand Pies Recipe
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Air Fryer Mini Taco Hand Pies

These Air Fryer Mini Taco Hand Pies are easy to make and the perfect appetizer or meal for any occasion.
5 from 23 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chill Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Servings: 10 hand pies
Calories: 207kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Ingredients

Taco Seasoning (or you can use store-bought)

  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Taco Mini Pies

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pie crust (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 large egg (for the egg wash)

Instructions

  • If you are making homemade taco seasoning, add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine. If you are using store-bought seasoning, follow the instructions on the package.
  • Cook the ground beef in a pan until brown and cooked through. Carefully pour out the fat and place the pan back on the stove. Add the taco seasoning and water and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the taco meat to continue to season while you make the pie crust rounds.
  • Roll out the pie dough on a floured surface to about 1/8" thick. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out as many 4-5" dough rounds as possible. If needed, take the scraps and form a new ball. Roll out the dough one more time and cut out more rounds until you have 8-10 total.
  • Brush the edges of the rounds with egg wash. Spoon about a tablespoon of taco meat in the middle of the dough round and then fold it in half. Use a fork to crimp the edges closed. Use a sharp knife to make 3 cuts on the top of the turnovers.
  • Beat the egg in a small bowl for the egg wash and brush the egg wash on the top of the turnovers and along the edges.
  • Preheat the air fryer at 350°F for 3-4 minutes. Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick spray. Place 5-6 turnovers in the basket (make sure there is room around each one for the hot air to circulate) and air fry for 12 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Use tongs to remove the pastries and place them on a wire rack or plate to cool. Repeat with remaining pies.
  • Once cool, serve with your favorite dipping sauces like salsa, guacamole, or sour cream. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you want the brownest and flakiest hand pies, place them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before cooking. This step is optional but does make a difference.
  • Use a sharp knife like a paring knife to make the cuts on the top of the hand pies.
  • Don’t forget to spray your air fryer basket so the hand pies don’t stick!
  • If you have leftovers, store them in a covered container in the fridge. To reheat, use your air fryer for the best results.
  • You can make these in the oven instead of the air fryer. On a baking sheet lined with silicone or parchment, bake the hand pies at 425°F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remember to always read the instruction manual and follow what your manufacturer recommends.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.6g | Protein: 14.9g | Fat: 8.9g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 402mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 9.3g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 9mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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