Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

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5 from 8 votes
Air Fryer Taquitos are a quick, healthier version of this classic Mexican dish. Crispy outside with a delectable, spicy filling, they are sure to please everyone.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Six Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos stacked on a plate with fresh herbs on top.

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.

The Air Fryer Taquito is the perfect way to make a delicious Mexican-inspired meal in minutes. They do not get greasy 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.
  • Family Friendly: These are so fun to eat the family will love them.
  • Adaptable: Can make it with any meat or filling that you have on hand.
Shot of a plate of air fryer chicken taquitos on a white plate with a red and white napkin.

What You Need to Make Taquitos

Ingredients

  • Shredded cooked chicken
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh cantina style salsa
  • Taco seasoning
  • Corn tortilla
Tortillas, chicken and ingredients required to make the air fryer chicken taquitos.

Equipment

How to Make Taquitos – Step by Step

Filling before and after mixing for the chicken taquitos.
  • Mix: First, in a mixing bowl, combine the chicken, sour cream, salsa and taco seasoning.
  • Roll: Second, fill the tortillas 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.
  • Serve: Finally, remove and top with favorite pepper, cheese 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

CHICKEN TO USE?

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

CAN I SUBSTITUTE BEEF IN PLACE OF CHICKEN?

Definitely, they are delicious with ground beef or shredded beef.

RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

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

FROZEN TAQUITOS?

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

MADE AHEAD OF TIME?

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.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH AIR FRYER TAQUITOS

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.
  • 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.

Air Fryer Taquitos

5 from 8 votes
Air Fryer Taquitos are a quick, healthier version of this classic Mexican dish. Crispy outside with a delectable, spicy filling, they are sure to please everyone.
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Servings: 3 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh cantina style salsa
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 6 Corn tortilla 6”-8” in size

Instructions

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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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.

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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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