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Air Fryer Tacos

Air Fryer Tacos – skip the store bought crispy shells and make your own in the air fryer. Super easy and so much better!

I will admit it, I love a good crispy taco. I know they aren’t authentic, I know if you are from Mexico you cringe at the thought of the crispy taco shells sold in the grocery store. But I grew up with them, and I like them.

But I found that making them in the air fryer with just regular corn tortillas is so much better! You get the crispy shell, but can still actually taste the real corn tortilla. And you can still fill them with whatever you like!

crispy tacos made in the air fryer on a plate

 

What You’ll Need

You really can fill these with whatever you like. If you want to do vegetarian you could fill them with beans and cheese. Or you can use my favorite Instant Pot Salsa Chicken to fill them with. Whatever you have and like for your taco filling is what you can use. Just use the recipe as a guide for cooking the taco part.

filling tortillas with taco meat and cheese

How To Make Air Fryer Tacos

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  1. Get all of your fillings and toppings ready to go. Cook your ground beef and use taco seasoning to make traditional taco meat. Or use beans, chicken etc.
  2. Wrap corn tortillas in a towel and microwave for about a minute, until they are very warm. This will ensure they don’t crack.
  3. Fill each tortilla with meat and cheese, and then fold over to form a taco.
  4. Brush the outside with olive oil and place in the air fryer.
  5. Cook at 400º for about 8 minutes, flipping half way though.
  6. Carefully remove from the air fryer and top with whatever toppings you desire!
tacos in air fryer

Best Taco Toppings

You really can go crazy here, use as much or as little as you like!

air fryer crispy tacos on a white plate

Why Do My Shells Crack

If you are using corn tortillas you have to heat them well or they will crack. You can do this by wrapping them in a towel and microwaving them. Or you can heat them in a dry skillet for about 20-30 seconds on each side, until they are very pliable and soft.

If they start cracking as you are working with them, just reheat them for a few seconds and they should be fine.

tacos on a plate

What Goes With Tacos

Can I Reheat Air Fried Tacos

Yes, if you have leftovers let them cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. To reheat them, you can use the oven or the air fryer. Set it at 300º F and heat until warm, about 5 minutes.

Can I Use Flour Tortillas To Make Tacos

Absolutely yes, they will work great. You will still want to warm the tortillas so they are soft and pliable, but they will get nice and crispy in the air fryer just like corn tortillas.

close up tacos made in air fryer for pinterest

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Yield: 8

Air Fryer Tacos

crispy tacos on a plate

Air Fryer Tacos - skip the store bought crispy shells and make your own in the air fryer. Super easy and so much better!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Taco Toppings

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add ground beef, breaking apart, and cook for 5-6 minutes until browned. Drain any grease away. Add taco seasoning and water called for on the packet. Simmer for a few minutes until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat.
  2. Wrap corn tortillas in a towel and microwave for 1 minute.
  3. Working in batches, fill 4 of the tortillas with ground beef and cheese.
  4. Fold in half to form a taco and brush the outside with olive oil.
  5. Pace in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook at 400º F for 8 minutes, flipping half way.
  6. Remove the cooked ones and repeat with the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Top the cooked tacos with whatever your favorite taco toppings are.

Notes

If your tacos open up with the circulation of air, use toothpicks to hold them closed during the first cook time. After you flip, you should be able to remove them.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 309Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 71mgSodium 252mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 2gSugar 0gProtein 22g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Tim W

Thursday 16th of May 2024

This recipe made nothing but a mess. 1. It's a royal pain when trying to transfer the tacos to the air fryer. everything falls out (or wants to) which makes a mess in the basket. Also, I got small burns while trying to refill the shells 2. Didn't see the "Note" until too late, which was 1/2 way through the 8 minutes. This was good and bad. GOOD- because it was at about the 3.5 minute mark. BAD_ because the tops did indeed fly up do to the fan. 3. Opening the basket at the 3.5 minute mark not only found the shell tops had blown up but they were fairly burnt in that position as well. The 8 minute cook time is WAY too much time as well as the 400 temperature!.

When getting the taco out of the HOT basket, one has to be very careful. Some were stuck so I had to use tongs along with a fork to free a couple of them.

So on my second group turned out much better. I turned the temp down the 360, placed tooth picks around the tops, and set timer for 4 minutes. I turned them after 2mins and that did it.

Next time I'm going to try to place just the shells in at 360 for 3.5-4 minutes and then stuff them. Or I'm going back to the usual way.

Linda West

Friday 26th of May 2023

Love this and these recipes are all great! Thanks

Carolyn

Monday 22nd of May 2023

Can you flour tortillas or is it just not the same?

Erin S

Tuesday 23rd of May 2023

You can absolutely use flour, either works. It is just a matter of preference. The hard shell tacos at the store are corn, which is what I was trying to make this be a swap for. But they will still be crispy as flour tortillas.

Carm

Thursday 23rd of March 2023

I don't see pictures of the recipe with corn tortillas. Did the flour just work better?

Anne

Sunday 25th of February 2024

@Carm, There are multiple types of corn. The tortillas you see are made with white corn, not yellow.

CHERYL GREEN

Saturday 20th of May 2023

@Erin S, I agree with Cam. The pictures look like flour tortillas.

Erin S

Thursday 23rd of March 2023

I am not sure what you mean, all of the pictures are with corn tortillas, it is the way I make it 99% of the time. You can use whatever you want, they both work. I just like corn better, so it is what I use.

Sarah

Monday 20th of March 2023

We loved these! I used flour tortillas which took a tad longer… but totally worth it!

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