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Air Fryer Taquitos

These delicious Air Fryer Taquitos are packed with tons of flavor. Baked, not fried, they are perfect for fast dinners and cook in only 9 minutes! No air fryer? You’ll also find oven-baking methods in the post.

a plate of air fryer taquitos topped with cilantro, tomatoes, and guacamole

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Ready for a fast dinner, snack, or appetizer? Of course, you are! You’re going to love these delicious air fryer taquitos for a freaking sweet family-friendly meal.

I’m not claiming this is an authentic recipe in any way shape or form. This would definitely fit into the “Tex-Mex” or “Cali-Mex” category of cuisines. If you have a family recipe for the filling that you’d like to use, please feel free! The air fryer cooking time will remain the same.

Need ideas to make this a complete meal? Serve alongside Instant Pot jasmine ricefrozen corn on the cob that you have reheated, Instant Pot Cilantro Lime RiceSpicy Instant Pot Black Beans, or place on top of Kale Chopped Salad or Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli.

Top your air fryer taquitos with sour cream, plain homemade Greek yogurt, salsa, or Avocado Yogurt Dip. We also love to serve it on a bed of shredded cabbage with queso fresco and encurtido and fresh cilantro.

chicken, tortillas, garlic, and other ingredients on a white board

Can You Cook Frozen Taquitos in an Air Fryer?

Yes! Add 1-2 minutes of cooking time for a total of 10-11 minutes.

I like to place uncooked taquitos on a baking sheet lined with parchment and freeze for 2 hours. I then transfer to freezer storage (these are our favorite reusable freezer bags). They’ll store for 2-4 months and are perfect for quick meals.

Variations

  • If you choose to use fresh flour tortillas, you can skip the process of softening the tortillas.
  • You could use your favorite salsa instead of the chipotles in adobo sauce.
  • Add canned diced green chilies for mild spice level.
  • Try using homemade taco seasoning instead of the chipotle.
  • This recipe uses cooked shredded or diced chicken. We use leftovers from a paleo roast chicken or Instant Pot chicken tacos. You can also use a grocery store rotisserie chicken for a wicked fast meal.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Instead of using a Misto or olive oil cooking spray, I recommend you brush the oil over the top of the taquitos with a pastry brush. I find that prevents the tortillas from bubbling up while cooking.
  • Canned chipotles in adobo can usually be found with canned salsa and chilis in the grocery store. You can freeze leftovers in 4 oz canning jars. Or use leftovers in Chipotle Instant Pot Turkey Chili.
  • If you skip the toothpicks, make sure you place the taquitos “seam side down” in the air fryer basket to keep them sealed.
  • To meal prep: freeze uncooked rolled taquitos on a baking sheet lined with parchment for two hours. Remove from the baking sheet and transfer to freezer storage. We love these reusable freezer bags.

a plate of air fryer taquitos topped with cilantro, tomatoes, and guacamole

More Delicious Air Fryer Recipes

Air Fryer Taquitos

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time19 mins
These delicious Air Fryer Taquitos are packed with tons of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 16 corn tortillas
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cups chicken {cooked and shredded/chopped}
  • 2 tsp adobo sauce {from a can of chipotle in adobo}
  • 1/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese {shredded}
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, soften cream cheese for 20 seconds.
  • Add chicken, adobo sauce, Monterey Jack, and garlic powder. Mix until well combined.
  • Wrap 5-10 tortillas in a clean damp kitchen towel. Microwave for 1 minute to soften.
  • Place 2 tbsp of filling in one-third of the tortilla. Starting from one end, roll tightly. Secure taquito with a toothpick.
  • Brush air fryer with olive oil or use air fryer parchment.
  • Place taquitos seam side down in the basket, and brush the tops with olive oil.
  • Bake at 350 F for 6 minutes, and then flip and bake for 3 more minutes.

Notes

Oven-baking instructions: Place on a baking tray lined with parchment and bake at 425 F for 15-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
 
If you prefer mild flavors, start with 1 tsp of adobo sauce and then taste for preference.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Taquitos
Amount Per Serving (2 taquitos)
Calories 57 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 270mg12%
Potassium 10mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 122IU2%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 comments on “Air Fryer Taquitos”

  1. Do you know of a brand of Pre-made tortillas that aren’t made with a lot of junk ingredients?