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!
What You’ll Need
- Corn Tortillas
- Ground Beef
- Taco Seasoning
- Olive Oil
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.
How To Make Air Fryer Tacos
Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card to get the measurements and full instructions!
- 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.
- Wrap corn tortillas in a towel and microwave for about a minute, until they are very warm. This will ensure they don’t crack.
- Fill each tortilla with meat and cheese, and then fold over to form a taco.
- Brush the outside with olive oil and place in the air fryer.
- Cook at 400º for about 8 minutes, flipping half way though.
- Carefully remove from the air fryer and top with whatever toppings you desire!
Best Taco Toppings
You really can go crazy here, use as much or as little as you like!
- Shredded Lettuce
- Diced Tomatoes
- Black Olives
- Restaurant Style Salsa
- Sour Cream
- Roasted Corn Salsa
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.
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.
More Mexican Dinner Recipes
- Chipotle Chicken Bowls
- Mexican Pizza
- Wet Burrito
- Air Fryer Chimichanga
- Mini Tostadas
- Chile Relleno Casserole
- Potato Tacos
- Breakfast Tacos
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!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 8 corn tortillas
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- Taco Toppings
- 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.
- Wrap corn tortillas in a towel and microwave for 1 minute.
- Working in batches, fill 4 of the tortillas with ground beef and cheese.
- Fold in half to form a taco and brush the outside with olive oil.
- Pace in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook at 400º F for 8 minutes, flipping half way.
- Remove the cooked ones and repeat with the rest of the ingredients.
- Top the cooked tacos with whatever your favorite taco toppings are.
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.
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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Friday 26th of May 2023
Love this and these recipes are all great! Thanks
Monday 22nd of May 2023
Can you flour tortillas or is it just not the same?
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.
Thursday 23rd of March 2023
I don't see pictures of the recipe with corn tortillas. Did the flour just work better?
Saturday 20th of May 2023
@Erin S, I agree with Cam. The pictures look like flour tortillas.
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.
Monday 20th of March 2023
We loved these! I used flour tortillas which took a tad longer… but totally worth it!
Friday 20th of January 2023
Could you use flour tortillas?
Friday 20th of January 2023
Yes you can, the time might be just slightly different