Homemade Beef Taquitos Air Fryer Recipe: Crispy & Delicious!

Taquitos are such a fun food to eat. They’re like a taco rolled into a tube that’s crispy, delicious, and easy to dip. This makes them a perfect appetizer, party food, and regular meal. Once you make these homemade beef taquitos in the air fryer they’ll be a regular in your rotation.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Taquitos are such a versatile dish to make, because you can stuff them with a variety of fillings to suit any crowd.

I’m making ground beef based taquitos today, but you can use steak, carnitas, chicken, beans, or really anything else you can think of as your base.

Throw in some veggies like onions, peppers, corn, and season them up to make the perfect delicious bite.

closeup of rolled air fryer beef taquitos

While you need to do a little prep and rolling, they cook up in the air fryer in only about 10 minutes! I like to make and roll them ahead of time and then heat them up when I’m ready for a quick and easy meal.

If you’re looking to skip the prep work entirely, you can always make frozen Delimex taquitos in the air fryer instead!

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

ingredients to make beef taquitos in the air fryer
  • 18 flour tortillas (fajita sized)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ⅛ cup water
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 ounce package taco seasoning
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 ½ cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Nonstick or oil spray
  • Sauces or toppings (optional)

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • You can also use low carb or flour corn mix tortillas. I don’t recommend full corn, as store bought ones always tend to split when rolling. You can also use different sizes, you’ll just need to adjust the quantity to fit the amount of filling (and using burrito or quesadilla sized tortillas technically makes it a flauta instead)
  • Low sodium and homemade taco seasoning is also fine in place of a regular packet
  • I recommend 80/20 or leaner ground beef, or you can swap in steak or shredded beef as well if preferred
  • The yellow onion can be substituted by a white, sweet, or red onion
  • In place of the poblano pepper feel free to use a cubanelle (actually what I have today since my store was out), a jalapeno, or something similar
  • If you don’t like pepper jack, use Monterey jack, colby jack, or a Mexican cheese blend
  • Serving suggestions include: chipotle sauce, sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, pickled jalapenos, crumbled cotija cheese, cilantro, and lime wedges
  • As pictured: Creamy chipotle sauce, avocado ranch sauce, crumbled queso fresco, and fresh cilantro

How to Make Homemade Beef Taquitos in the Air Fryer

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat
heat olive oil in a skillet
  1. Add the diced onion and pepper, and cook until they soften slightly, 3-5 minutes
cook onions and peppers until they begin to soften
  1. Push the onions and peppers to the perimeter of your pan, then add the ground beef to the middle
spread vegetables to the side and add ground beef
  1. Cook until the beef browns and you can break it apart easily, draining excess grease if needed
cook ground meat until it easily breaks apart
  1. Add in the taco seasoning and water, and cook, continuing to break up the meat, until mixture thickens and beef is fully cooked
add seasoning to meat and mix to incorporate
  1. Remove pan from heat and add the pepper jack cheese, stirring until it’s melted
add cheese to meat and stir
  1. On a tortilla, place about 2 Tbsp of the beef mixture on the bottom third of the tortilla
place a small amount of meat near the bottom of the tortilla
  1. Fold the end closest to the filling over the filling, then continue to roll tightly until it forms a tube
fold tortilla over meat and continue rolling up taquito
  1. Repeat until all tortillas are rolled and all filling is used
continue rolling all your taquitos
  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (or 380°F, depending on your air fryer’s available settings)
  2. Place rolled taquitos into the preheated air fryer basket seam side down in a single layer
add taquitos to air fryer basket
  1. Spray the tops of the taquitos with oil spray
spray taquitos with nonstick oil
  1. Cook on the air fry setting for 5 minutes at 375°F, then flip, reapply oil, and cook an additional 3-5 more minutes until taquitos are browned and crispy
  2. Serve with your favorite toppings and sides
overhead view of air fryer beef taquitos stacked on a plate

What to Serve With Beef Taquitos

  • Sour cream
  • Mexican crema
  • Salsa
  • Pico de gallo
  • Salsa verde
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Chipotle sauce
  • Avocado ranch
  • Hot sauce
  • Queso
  • Guacamole
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Nachos
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Street corn

There are so many great sides, sauces, and toppings to serve alongside your beef taquitos for the perfect meal!

Try your homemade air fryer beef taquitos with my Ninja Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, quick Microwave Refried Beans, Air Fryer Nachos with ground beef, or my creamy Air Fryer Queso.

Recipe FAQs

How Long Do You Cook Taquitos in the Air Fryer?

You cook homemade taquitos in the air fryer for 8-10 minutes on average.

This is actually slightly longer than frozen, because homemade taquitos are never rolled as tightly and are therefore thicker, requiring more time to heat through.

Should Taquitos Be Soft or Crunchy?

Traditionally, taquitos are crunchy. This is achieved by deep frying, air frying, or even baking them.

The crunchy texture is the same whether using corn or flour tortillas.

Why Are My Taquitos Not Crispy?

If your taquitos are not crispy, then you generally have not cooked them long enough. If possible, put them back in and cook for a few extra minutes.

Also ensure that you’ve only misted them with oil and not saturated them, and make sure to drain grease from any meat that goes inside to prevent it becoming soggy.

How Do You Know When Taquitos Are Done?

Taquitos are done when the shell is browned and crisp, and the internal filling reaches 165°F.

If your filling has no meat, such as beans, vegetables, or cheese, then 135°F should be a sufficient internal temperature.

Are Taquitos Just Rolled Tacos?

In terms of flavor, yes, taquitos are generally associated with that of a taco.

However, only the meat, cheese, and seasonings go inside. Other toppings such as salsa, lettuce, or sour cream would be added afterwards.

Do You Have to Flip Taquitos?

You don’t have to flip taquitos, but it is recommended. The flipping process helps to ensure even browning and prevents the filling from creating wet spots on the bottom side.

It is more important to flip in the air fryer versus the oven or deep fryer.

Do You Dip Taquitos in Anything?

You don’t have to dip taquitos in anything, but you certainly can if you’d like. Typical dips are queso, sour cream, salsa, or crema.

However, you can use a variety of sauces and salsas that you like. If it would go well with a taco, it would go well with a taquito.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • A pair of kitchen tongs will make your life easier when it comes to flipping the taquitos. However, you can also use a fork to gently move them
  • If you’re having problems with the taquitos staying closed after rolling, you can secure them with a toothpick (toothpicks are safe in the air fryer). Make sure to remove them before serving though!
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook your taquitos in batches. I can fit 8 at a time in an 8-qt Ninja Dual Zone air fryer
  • My taquitos were perfectly crispy and browned after 9 minutes total cooking time. Other air fryers may vary slightly
  • I precook my filling so I can soften my veggies and remove grease ahead of time. However, if you don’t have a stove you can put the filling in raw. Increase cooking time to 12-15 minutes. It’s not quite the same but works in a pinch!
air fryer beef taquitos stacked with sour cream and salsa

Storage and Reheating

  • Store leftover taquitos in the refrigerator in an airtight container or zippered bag. Consume within 5 days, or store in the freezer for up to 3 months
  • Reheat taquitos in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 350°F or until warmed through. They may also be reheated in a conventional oven for about 15 minutes at 350°F or in the microwave for 1 minute on high (but they will not be as crispy)

Other Air Fryer Mexican Inspired Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

This homemade beef taquitos air fryer recipe delivers crispy, cheesy, and delicious taquitos in under 10 minutes.

While there is some prior prep work involved before the air fryer cooking, you can always do that part in advance to make things easier.

Taquitos also freeze and reheat well, making them ideal for meal prep, busy nights, gifted meals, and portioning for one. In other words, everyone will love them!

While these beef taquitos are great, feel free to change things up with chicken, beans, and other types of proteins to suit your dietary needs or preferences.

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Homemade Beef Taquitos Air Fryer Recipe

These homemade beef taquitos in the air fryer come out crispy, browned, and delicious. They’re perfect for an appetizer or meal when paired with sides.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 478 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 18 Fajita flour tortillas
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Cup water
  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • 1 Ounce package taco seasoning
  • ½ Medium yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 Poblano pepper (diced)
  • 1 ½ Cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Oil spray mist

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat
    1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Add the diced onion and pepper, and cook until they soften slightly, 3-5 minutes
    ½ Medium yellow onion, 1 Poblano pepper
  • Push the onions and peppers to the perimeter of your pan, then add the ground beef to the middle
    1 Pound ground beef
  • Cook until the beef browns and you can break it apart easily, draining excess grease if needed
  • Add in the taco seasoning and water, and cook, continuing to break up the meat, until mixture thickens and beef is fully cooked
    1 Ounce package taco seasoning, ⅛ Cup water
  • Remove pan from heat and add the pepper jack cheese, stirring until it’s melted
    1 ½ Cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • On a tortilla, place about 2 Tbsp of the beef mixture on the bottom third of the tortilla
    18 Fajita flour tortillas
  • Fold the end closest to the filling over the filling, then continue to roll tightly until it forms a tube
  • Repeat until all tortillas are rolled and all filling is used
  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (or 380°F, depending on your air fryer’s available settings)
  • Place rolled taquitos into the preheated air fryer basket seam side down in a single layer
  • Spray the tops of the taquitos with oil spray
    Oil spray mist
  • Cook on the air fry setting for 5 minutes at 375°F, then flip, reapply oil, and cook an additional 3-5 more minutes until taquitos are browned and crispy
  • Serve with your favorite toppings and sides

Notes

  • You can also use low carb or flour corn mix tortillas. I don’t recommend full corn, as store bought ones always tend to split when rolling. You can also use different sizes (though using burrito or quesadilla sized tortillas technically makes it a flauta instead), you’ll just need to adjust the quantity to fit the amount of filling
  • Low sodium and homemade taco seasoning is also fine in place of a regular packet
  • I recommend 80/20 or leaner ground beef, or you can swap in steak or shredded beef as well if preferred
  • The yellow onion can be substituted by a white, sweet, or red onion
  • In place of the poblano pepper feel free to use a cubanelle (actually what I have here since my store was out), a jalapeno, or something similar
  • If you don’t like pepper jack, use Monterey jack, colby jack, or a Mexican cheese blend
  • Serving suggestions include: chipotle sauce (pictured), sour cream, salsa, hot sauce, avocado ranch sauce (pictured), pickled jalapenos, crumbled cotija or queso fresco cheese (pictured), cilantro (pictured), and lime wedges
  • A pair of kitchen tongs will make your life easier when it comes to flipping the taquitos. However, you can also use a fork to gently move them
  • If you’re having problems with the taquitos staying closed after rolling, you can secure them with a toothpick (toothpicks are safe in the air fryer). Make sure to remove them before serving though!
  • Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook your taquitos in batches. I can fit 8 at a time in an 8-qt Ninja Dual Zone air fryer
  • My taquitos were perfectly crispy and browned after 9 minutes total cooking time. Other air fryers may vary slightly
  • Store leftover taquitos in the refrigerator in an airtight container or zippered bag. Consume within 5 days, or store in the freezer for up to 3 months
  • Reheat taquitos in the air fryer for 3-5 minutes at 350°F or until warmed through. They may also be reheated in a conventional oven for about 15 minutes at 350°F or in the microwave for 1 minute on high (but they will not be as crispy)
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any sauces or sides added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 217gCalories: 478kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 27gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1612mgPotassium: 294mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 4.6gVitamin A: 17.15IUVitamin C: 15.7mgCalcium: 298mgIron: 5.3mg
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