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Air Fryer Tacos

by Karly


Crisp, freshly fried corn tortilla tacos are a breeze in the air fryer! These AIR FRYER TACOS will take taco night to a whole new level!

Tacos and seasonings spread out on a cutting board.

Taco Tuesday, Taco Thursday, Taco Saturday, every day should be a taco day in my opinion. And if we’re having tacos for all three meals, all seven days a week? Cool by me. 😉

And I don’t think I am alone in that. We all love our tacos! They are easy to cook, easy to season just the way you want them, and easy to eat whether at a table or on the go. They are perfect for our busy lives!

I’m never going to turn down a hard taco with the corn shell that breaks apart the minute you try to remove it from the box…but there are certainly better ways to make hard or crunchy tacos!

Homemade fried tacos are basically the gold standard of tacos, in my opinion. The shell is freshly fried and crispy and the cheese is nice and melty.

Ingredient Notes:

Ground Beef – I like to use lean beef in tacos. You can use any ground meat though…turkey and chicken work well!

Taco Seasoning– You can use a packet of your favorite taco seasoning or you can make your own taco seasoning!

Corn Tortillas – You’ll want to purchase the soft corn tortillas. We prefer yellow corn tortillas, but white will also work.

Ingredients for fried tacos spread out on a counter.

How to make:

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Cook the beef– Add the beef to a medium skillet and cook until it is browned. Crumble the beef as you go. Drain the grease and then stir in your taco seasoning and a bit of water.

Browned beef in a skillet

Fill the tacos– Place four tortillas on a plate and top them with a damp paper towel and microwave them. This will help them be more pliable and not crack apart as you try to fill them. Fill each tortilla with a bit of beef and cheese then fold in half.

Open face taco on a wooden cutting board

Fry the tacos – Spritz your air fryer basket with oil spray and place the tacos in your air fryer basket. Spritz the tacos with oil spray also. If you don’t have a mister to spritz these, just brush the oil on your basket and your tacos. Cook for six minutes at 400 degrees F. If they don’t feel crisp don’t worry, they will get crisper as they cool down.

Repeat– Continue these steps until you’ve cooked all 12 tacos. You can keep the cooked tacos warm in a low oven or just let everyone dig in as they’re coming out of the air fryer.

A fried taco in an an air fryer basket

FAQ:

How do I store leftover fried tacos?

We place our fried tacos in a zip top bag in the refrigerator. They’ll last for 4-5 days this way.

How should I reheat fried tacos?

Pop them back in the air fryer at 300 degrees until warm. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

What are the best taco toppings for fried tacos?

We fill our tacos with beef and cheese before frying and then set out small bowls for everyone to use to top their tacos as they wish.

A few of our favorite taco toppings include:

Overhead of four tacos in an air fryer basket.

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Close up of fried tacos

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Close up of fried tacos resting on a cutting board.

Air Fryer Tacos

Yield: 12 tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Crisp, freshly fried corn tortilla tacos are a breeze in the air fryer! These AIR FRYER TACOS will take taco night to a whole new level!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar
  • Lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, for topping

Instructions

  1. Add the ground beef to a medium skillet over medium heat and crumble the beef as it cooks.
  2. Drain the grease and stir in the taco seasoning and ¼ cup of water. Continue cooking on medium heat until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Place 4 tortillas on a microwave safe plate and top with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 20 seconds. 
  4. Fill each tortilla with a few tablespoons of beef and cheese and fold to close. 
  5. Spritz your air fryer basket with oil spray and place tacos in the basket in a single layer. We’re able to fit 4 tacos in our basket at a time. Spritz with oil spray.
  6. Cook at 400 for 6 minutes. Tortillas will crisp further after they are removed from the air fryer.
  7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 for remaining tacos, keeping tacos warm in the oven while you cook the remaining batches.

Notes

Fill each tortilla with lettuce, diced tomatoes, and onion before serving, if desired.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 491Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 675mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 33g

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