Air Fryer Taquitos

These Air Fryer Taquitos are quick, easy and delicious! Everyone in your family will love these and the possibilities of what to put inside and on top are endless!

air fried ground beef taquitos in an air fryer basket
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This easy Air Fryer Taquitos recipe will become a favorite in your house for a quick and healthy meal that everyone will love. You can fill these Air Fryer Taquitos with any filling you choose and top them with your favorite salsa or dip!

What fillings can I put in air fryer taquitos?

That’s what’s great about taquitos, you can fill them with so many different options! The filling is cooked ahead of time so taquitos are also great for leftovers. Here are a few ideas:

taquitos with garnishes

How to keep your taquitos rolled up while they are frying

Taquitos can be tricky to roll and keep rolled while air frying, frying or baking. In order for the corn tortillas to cooperate, they need to be warm and moist. My secret is wrapping them in a damp paper towel and microwaving for 20-30 seconds. This will make them nice a pliable in order to roll them.

The other thing I do to ensure my taquitos stay rolled…toothpicks! Toothpicks work for any method and not only ensure the taquito stays rolled, but they also help keep in all the goodies inside. Don’t forget to take them out before serving!

What if I don’t have an air fryer?

If you don’t have an air fryer or don’t want to drag it out of the cupboard (come on, we’ve all been there), you can also bake these in the oven @ 375 for about 10 minutes on each side or fry them in some oil. Frying is less healthy but delicious.

Can I freeze Air Fryer Taquitos?

Yes! You can make these ahead of time and freeze them for a quick snack or meal. Bonus, kids LOVE taquitos! Just put in a sealable bag or container and they will be good for a few months. You can also put frozen taquitos right into your air fryer! Just cook for about double time and check to make sure the inside is nice and toasty.

What Air Fryer I Use

I have the Mealthy CrispLid attachment for my Instant Pot and I love it! It fits right on top of my Instant Pot and has a glass lid so I can see what’s happening to my food while air frying. It is a little smaller than some other air fryers out there, but it’s the perfect size for my family of three!

taquitos after frying in air fryer

Air Fryer Taquitos

This Air Fryer Taquito recipe is quick, easy and delicious and the possibilities of what to put inside and on top are endless!
5 from 13 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: air fried taquitos, air fryer recipes, easy recipe, taquito
Servings: 12 taquitos
Author: EmilyFabulous


  • toothpicks
  • Air Fryer


  • 10-12 corn tortillas
  • 12-16 oz cooked ground beef, chicken or meat of choice (taco seasoning optional)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • non-stick spray
  • salsa, sour cream, green onion, black olives (for dipping and garnish)


  • Cook ground beef (or meat of choice) first. This is also a great recipe for leftover meat. I like to cook the ground beef with taco seasoning for more flavor. Once your meat is fully cooked or re-heated, remove from heat and set aside.
    ground beef with taco seasoning
  • While your meat is cooking or heating, shred your cheese or have it ready for taquito assembly.
  • Wrap the corn tortillas in a damp paper towel and cook in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds to warm up for rolling. Keep them wrapped in paper towel until you are ready to roll the tortilla.
  • Place one tortilla on your work surface, sprinkle with cheese and meat and roll up from end to end (see video above). Place a toothpick on wither end of the rolled taquito in order to keep the meat and cheese inside and to keep the taquito from rolling open while cooking. Assemble as many taquitos as your air fryer will hold. Mine only holds 4 at a time so I roll 4 and leave the rest of the tortillas in the paper towel until I'm ready to assemble more.
    ground beef and cheese on corn tortillas before rolling for taquitos
  • Spray the basket of your air fryer with non-stick spray. Place the rolled taquitos in the basket making sure there is a little room between each one and spray again with non-stick spray. Cook at 375 for 4 minutes. Carefully remove the toothpicks, flip, spray and cook for an additional 4 minutes. While your taquitos are air frying, you can assemble more for the next batch!
    ground beef taquito with toothpicks in air fryer
  • Once the taquitos are done, remove from the basket and continue cooking the rest (don't forget to remove the toothpicks!). Serve with salsa, sour cream, green onions, black olives or whatever dip and garnish you love. Enjoy!
    taquitos after frying in air fryer


  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Air Fryer and follow all safety guidelines.
air fried ground beef taquitos with sour cream and green onions on top
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