Crunchy, crispy goodness – the only way to make frozen taquitos is in the air fryer! These taste totally deep fried but are made with no extra oil (or just a spritz for good luck!). We make both corn and flour taquitos in this recipe, and even include a recipe for my favorite taqueria-style avocado salsa for dipping.
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- Quick, easy, light, and delicious. What more could you possibly want? Air fryer frozen taquitos are a fun and simple snack, app, or even a meal (hey, no judgment) for those days when you just can’t muster up the energy to cook anything that’s more involved than opening a bag and pushing some buttons. It only takes about 15 minutes and you don’t even have to defrost them first. Just take them right out of the freezer and plop them right in the air fryer.
- The best thing about frozen taquitos in the air fryer is the TEXTURE. We’re talking unbelievably crispy, crunchy, hot, flaky taquitos without any deep frying or even really any extra oil at all. You’re welcome to use a little spray oil if you want to take the crunch to the next level, but it’s not mandatory.
- You can dress up your frozen taquitos any way you like! Don’t get me wrong, they’re pretty much amazing all on their own. I like to mix things up a little every now and then, though, and serve mine with salsas, dipping sauces, queso, or even just a dollop of sour cream. Thank me later.
- I mentioned this before, but let me reiterate – the oil? Totally optional! I like my taquitos over-the-top crispy so I give the basket a super light spray, and then I spritz a little more oil on top of the frozen taquitos before sliding the basket back in the air fryer. You can skip it, though, and still end up with delectably crisp rolled tacos, completely extra-oil-free.
- This method works for any brand, any type, any flavor, any filling, any tortilla, literally any kind of frozen taquito you can find. Corn tortillas, flour tortillas, beef and cheese, shredded chicken, extra crispy, bacon-egg-and-cheese breakfast taquitos (oh yeah, they’re a thing)… seriously, any and all taquitos work here.
- Not only do you get perfectly amazing frozen taquitos from the air fryer, you can also use it to reheat any leftover taquitos. I know, I know. Who ends up with leftover taquitos?! But it happens. Make too many and want to save some for later? Guests showed up later than expected and the food’s cooled off? Whatever the situation, you can pop the taquitos back in the air fryer and they’ll crisp right back up! I included reheating directions in the recipe card below so you’re all set.
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- frozen taquitos corn or flour
- homemade avocado salsa optional, for serving, see Notes
- Air fryer
- Cooking spray safe for air fryers, optional
To Cook Frozen Taquitos in the Air Fryer
- Preheat air fryer to 400° Fahrenheit. Once air fryer is preheated, remove basket and lightly spray basket with cooking spray if desired.
- Place frozen taquitos in air fryer basket in one even layer, being careful not to stack taquitos or overcrowd basket. Work in batches as needed if cooking multiple servings. For extra crispy taquitos, lightly spray tops of taquitos with cooking spray.
- Place basket of frozen taquitos in air fryer. For corn taquitos, cook 5 minutes initially. For flour taquitos, cook 8 minutes initially. Check taquitos after initial cooking time and continue cooking in 2-minute increments, checking after each increment, until desired doneness is achieved. See Notes below.
- Once desired doneness is achieved or taquitos are golden, crispy, and lightly browned on ends, remove taquitos from air fryer. Repeat until desired number of taquitos have been air fried, then serve warm with dipping sauce if desired.
To Reheat Frozen Taquitos in the Air Fryer
- Preheat air fryer to 350° Fahrenheit. Once air fryer is preheated, remove basket.
- Add leftover taquitos to preheated air fryer basket and place basket in air fryer. Cook taquitos 2 to 3 minutes or until taquitos are warmed-through. Repeat until all taquitos have been reheated, then serve warm with dipping sauce if desired.
- This method works for any brand, any type, and any number of frozen taquitos. If you plan to cook several taquitos at once, work in batches as needed to avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket. Keep in mind that cook times can vary from one brand of frozen taquitos to another, so adjust as needed.
- Corn Taquitos: Check corn taquitos after first 5 minutes, then again after 7 total minutes and 9 total minutes. Taquitos should be ready after no more than 9 minutes, but cooking times can vary from one air fryer to another. Remove taquitos from air fryer once desired doneness is achieved.
- Flour Taquitos: Check flour taquitos after first 8 minutes, then again after 10 total minutes and 12 total minutes. Taquitos should be ready after no more than 12 minutes, but cooking times can vary from one air fryer to another. Remove taquitos from air fryer once desired doneness is achieved.
For the Avocado Salsa
- 1 large, ripe avocado (halved, pit removed, peeled)
- 1 whole fresh jalapeño (stem removed, pepper quartered, seeds removed if desired)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- ¾ teaspoon salt (more or less as desired)
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons diced onions
- Add all ingredients to blender. Blend on high speed until mixture is completely smooth.
- Taste salsa after blending and adjust flavor, adding jalapeño, salt, cilantro, or onion as needed. If adding ingredients, blend mixture again until smooth.
- Once desired flavor is achieved, serve immediately or transfer salsa to airtight container and refrigerate until ready to enjoy.
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.