Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

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Air Fryer Taquitos are a quick, healthier version of this Mexican inspired dish. Crispy outside with a delectable, spicy filling, they are sure to please everyone.

Six Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos stacked on a plate with fresh herbs on top.


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The Air Fryer homemade Taquitos are the perfect way to make a delicious Mexican-inspired meal in minutes. This is one of my favorite recipes because I am a fan of spicy foods. They do not get greasy (less oil) and the filling stays in place much better. They are a true family favorite.

Is there a difference between a taquito and a flauta? Find out here.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Quick, easy and effortless.
  • Easy Ingredients: All easy, ingredients or a great use of leftovers. It is such a yummy finger food.
  • Family Friendly: The best part about this recipe is that these are so fun to eat the family will love them and an easy dinner too!
  • Adaptable: Can make it with any meat or filling that you have on hand.

Keep reading for the the air fryer chicken taquitos recipe!

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What You Need to Make Taquitos


  • Shredded cooked chicken breast
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh cantina style salsa
  • Taco seasoning (chili powder, garlic powder, etc.)
  • Corn/ flour tortilla
  • Olive oil spray/ avocado oil
Tortillas, chicken and ingredients required to make the air fryer chicken taquitos.


How to Make Taquitos – Step by Step

Filling before and after mixing for the chicken taquitos.
  • Mix: First, in a mixing bowl, combine the shredded chicken, sour cream, salsa, taco seasoning and place tortillas on flat surface.
  • Roll: Second, fill the center of each tortilla with 3-4 tablespoons of the mixture and then roll. Repeat until all are rolled.
  • Fry: Next, spray the air fryer basket and taquitos with oil and place in to cook at 380 for 10 minutes until golden brown
  • Serve: Finally, remove and top with favorite pepper, a little salt, cheddar cheese, shredded cheese, cream cheese, black beans, fresh pico or sauce.
Taquitos before wrapped after wrapped in air fryer and completed taquito in air fryer.


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Common Questions About Air Fryer Taquitos


Use leftover chicken, a store bought rotisserie chicken or alternatively, try the pre-shredded for air frying that are available at big box stores.


Definitely, they are delicious with ground beef or shredded beef and great for the whole family.


Of course, whether cooking for one or a tribe, you can adjust this recipe as you need too.


You can pre-make these and then freeze, simply thaw in the fridge and then use the air fryer as instructed.


The filling can be made ahead of time but recommend rolling them right before frying for that crispy texture that you want from the taquito.


Have a Mexican night with some favorites, for example:
>Black Bean and Corn Salad
>Cilantro Lime Rice
>Beef Sausage Loaded Nachos

Shot of a plate of air fryer chicken taquitos on a white plate with a red and white napkin.

Expert Tips for Making Chicken Taquitos

  • Add Cheese: Mexican blend, taco or a nice cheddar.
  • Short cut tip: Rotisserie chickens make this a super easy dish.
  • Variation tip: While the traditional taquito uses corn tortillas feel free to use flour or whole wheat. Add a delicious twist to this recipe card based on your likes and dislikes/
  • Do not overfill: You want these to be crispy so do not stuff them.
  • Toppings: Feel free top with queso, sour cream, guacamole and a little fresh cilantro or parsley.
  • Vegetarian: Beans can be used in place of meat.


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Six Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos stacked on a plate with fresh herbs on top.
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Air Fryer Taquitos

Yield: 3 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
These Chicken Air Fryer Taquitos are a delicious Mexican-inspired appetizer that can be made in 25 minutes. Made up of a spicy chicken filling wrapped in a crispy corn tortilla, these taquitos are the perfect go-to snack for any occasion.
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  • 1 pound Shredded Cooked Chicken
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • ½ cup Fresh Cantina Style Salsa
  • 1 tablespoon Taco Seasoning
  • 6 Corn Tortillas, 6”-8” in size


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken, sour cream, salsa and taco seasoning.
  • Once mixed fill the tortillas with 3-4 tablespoons of the chicken. Roll and set aside.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with oil and place taquitos in to cook at 380 for 10 minutes. Spray the taquitos with oil before cooking.
  • Remove and top with favorite pepper, cheese or sauce.

Expert Tips

  • Cheese: Add cheese, such as Mexican shredded cheese or sharp cheddar.
  • Do not overfill: Make sure not to overstuff the taquitos.
  • Toppings: Feel free to top with queso, sour cream, guacamole, fresh cilantro, or parsley.
  • Vegetarian: To make vegetarian taquitos, use beans instead of meat.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 454kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 540mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 588IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican

This recipe is my personal adaptation of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.


3 thoughts on “Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!


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