Air Fryer Taquitos

by Chad Campbell

These AIR FRYER TAQUITOS are loaded with beef and cheese, crispy on the outside, and beyond simple to make in your air fryer! Dip these in salsa or queso for a fun snack or quick dinner.

A taquito dipped in cheese held up above a cup of cheese sauce

If I had to choose a favorite food, it’d be tough. But if I had to choose a favorite type of food? It’d be Mexican, hands down.

I could honestly eat some form of taco or burrito every day of my life.

Growing up I would sometimes eat those frozen taquitos that you warm up in the microwave. I may have eaten the taquitos on the hot dog warmer at a gas station a time or two. And my daughter? She still loves the frozen version and asks me to buy a box every now and then!

As much as I loved even those taquitos, I had to give a try at making my own homemade beef taquitos.

How to make taquitos in an air fryer:

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Ground beef cooking in a skillet.
  1. Cook your ground beef and drain the fat.
  2. Add your seasoning, chilis, and water to the beef and cook for 5 additional minutes.
  3. Heat up tortillas in the microwave with a wet paper towel on top to steam them up a little.
  4. Fill each tortilla with a couple of tablespoons of beef and roll tightly.
  5. Place the taquitos seam side down in an air fryer basket and spray with nonstick spray.
  6. Cook them for 6-7 minutes
  7. Serve warm with your choice of dipping sauces!
A flat tortilla with cooked ground beef and shredded cheese on it.

Options for dipping sauces:

  • Nacho cheese dip
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Queso dip
  • Baja Sauce
  • Southwest Ranch Dressing
A stack of taquitos next to a white cup of cheese sauce.

Air Fryer Recommendations:

I recommend the ORMORC 6 qt Air Fryer because it is the one I use. I haven’t tried all of them out there, but we’ve tested a few and this is our favorite – it has a large basket, is easy to clean, and cooks perfectly.

Also, air fryer manufacturers recommend against using the non-stick spray in an aerosol can. Instead, you should put vegetable oil in a pump spray bottle mister. This will lengthen the life of your air fryer basket.

More air fryer recipes you might like:

If you love taquitos like I do, then you will also love these buffalo chicken flautas.

I got started using my air fryer with this simple baked potato recipe.

A more diet friendly option is this air fryer pork chops and broccoli recipe. It is convenient and low carb!

A close up of a taquito dipped in cheese sauce.
A taquito being dipped into a cheese sauce

Air fryer Taquitos

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These are the best crunchy beef taquitos with all that cheese!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 4 ounces chopped green chiles
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 15 corn tortillas


  1. Brown the beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain fat.
  2. Add the taco seasoning, green chiles, and ¼ cup of water to the beef and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tortillas to a microwave safe plate and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 30 seconds.
  4. Fill each tortilla with about 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture, top with cheese, and roll tightly.
  5. Place the taquitos seam side down in an air fryer basket, being sure not to overcrowd the basket.
  6. Spray with nonstick spray.
  7. Cook at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes or until taquitos are as crispy as you’d like.
  8. Serve with salsa, sour cream, and queso for dipping.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 3 taquitos
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 522Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 667mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 35g

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Susan September 22, 2020 - 5:41 pm

Was so excited to try these.Extremely difficult or next to impossible to roll these.The tortillas crack even when “steamed” in microwave.The few successful ones “flew” apart or became torn in air fryer.Any suggestions ?Also, instructons do not include cheese ingredient.

Karly September 23, 2020 - 5:45 pm

Hi Susan! I’m sorry these didn’t work for you. Corn tortillas are definitely fragile and we get a few cracks as well, but they still hold together fine after steaming in the microwave. Make sure the tortillas are warm when working with them. Perhaps it was the brand or freshness of the tortillas used? You could also use flour tortillas, if you don’t want to fuss with the corn tortillas. 🙂


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