Air Fryer Mini Tacos

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These Air Fryer Mini Tacos put those frozen mini tacos to shame. Filled with juicy, flavorful chicken, shredded cheese and a crunchy shell, this easy appetizer comes with homemade taco seasoning and ricotta cilantro crema. A great way to please the crowd, this easy appetizer is ready in less than 30 minutes.
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Mini tacos on parchment paper.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • These air fryer mini tacos are ready in under 30 minutes!
  • Both kids and adults with love these. 
  • Pair them with the delicious homemade ricotta cilantro sauce for dipping.
  • Use the same taco seasoning recipe for all your other taco Tuesday creations. 
  • Easily made dairy and gluten free. 

Can you make these tacos in the oven?

Yes, follow the same instructions listed below for the air fryer mini tacos but bake in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 14-18 minutes until crispy. 

TIPS for air frying these tacos

First and foremost be sure to microwave your tortillas in a wet paper towel before folding. This will help keep them from splitting down the center when stuffing and folding. Some air fryers seem to blow a bit stronger than others causing the tortillas to fly open while cooking. For these air fryer tacos you can:

  • Soak toothpicks in water while prepping and secure the tortillas with them in the air fryer 
  • You can also add a “weight” by using a oven safe ramekin or similar to hold them down halfway through cooking if you do not want to use toothpicks. 

Can I use rotisserie chicken or beef?

Definitely! Use ground turkey, beef or chicken with the homemade taco seasoning and follow the cooking directions the same for the tacos. You can also use rotisserie chicken and season or leave as is. Another great find is Costco has pre pulled rotisserie chicken packaged so you get to avoid the pulling. 

Mini tacos on a lined baking sheet.

What kind of air fryer do you use?

I have the COSORI Air Fryer Oven Combo 5.8QT Max XL Large Cooker, linked here. I do find it is pretty loud in the kitchen but it gets the job done and makes perfect air fryer tacos. We have had it for years without any issues.

We use our air fryer all the time and I’ve become a bit obsessed. Check out some of these other great air fryer recipes: 

Can I use store bought taco seasoning?

While I love my homemade taco seasoning recipe, especially on these air fryer tacos, you can use your favorite. My favorite store bought brand is Siete Mild Taco Seasoning. I usually use half a pack of their seasoning per pound of meat. Don’t let homemade taco seasoning intimidate you though. Like all my recipes, it is easy to make and bonus it’s sugar free! 

Can I make this gluten and dairy free?

Yes, to make these gluten and dairy free use your favorite gluten free tortillas and omit the cheese or use a dairy free cheese. For the sauce you will need to substitute out the ricotta and Greek yogurt with your dairy free choice. 

Ricotta cilantro crema drizzling onto mini tacos.

Ingredients and Substitutes:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See recipe card below for full ingredients list and instructions for this taco recipe.

Chicken Breast: for this recipe I am using one pound of chicken breast, boiled and shredded. You can substitute with ground chicken, turkey, beef or just simply cheese. 

Corn Tortillas: to keep these low calorie I am using the Mission 25 calorie Yellow Corn Tortillas. Use your favorite small corn tortillas for this recipe. Flour will not crisp as well as corn. 

Taco Seasoning: while I love my homemade taco seasoning recipe, especially on these air fryer mini tacos, you can use your favorite. My favorite store bought brand is Siete Mild Taco Seasoning.

Cheese: to fill the tacos I am using shredded Mexican cheese blend. You can use cheddar, mozzarella or any shredded cheese you prefer. You could also leave the cheese out entirely. 

Mini tacos with a bowl of ricotta cilantro crema.

The Sauce!

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. See recipe card below for full ingredients list and instructions for Air Fryer Mini Tacos.

Ricotta Cheese: the ricotta cilantro crema uses part skim ricotta cheese. You can use full fat as well. 

Greek Yogurt: for this recipe I am using nonfat Fage plain Greek yogurt. Fage is my preferred brand to use but you can use your favorite. 

Cilantro: do not skip the cilantro as it’s the main ingredient! 

Lime: fresh or store bought squeezy jar lime juice will work. I use a lot of the store bought because limes are wildly expensive in Alaska. 

Mini tacos drizzled with ricotta cilantro crema.

How to make Air Fryer Mini Tacos and Crema

Prep your chicken

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the raw chicken breast. Boil for 15-20 minutes until no longer pink. Once cooked through, shred with a fork and add to a mixing bowl. 

Pre your sauce

While the chicken is boiling prep your sauce. Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until it is completely creamy and no chunks remain. Set aside for topping your tacos. 

Season the chicken

Pre heat the air fryer while you season the chicken with taco seasoning. Add 1/4 cup of water and mix together well so all of the chicken is covered in seasoning. 

Prep the tortillas

Wet a paper towel and wrap the corn tortillas with the towel. Microwave for 20 seconds to soften so they’re easy to work with. 

Fill the tacos

Spray the air fryer with cooking spray. Fill each taco with cheese and chicken – see notes. Fold in half and add to the air fryer pan. Spray the tops with cooking spray. Repeat for as many tacos that can fit in the air fryer. 

Cook the tacos

Cook the tacos in the air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 minutes. Remove and top with crema, chopped red onions and cilantro. 

Lined baking sheet of mini tacos with ricotta cilantro crema.

How to build the tacos

To keep the nutrition facts exactly as I have provided in the recipe card, use 14 grams of Mexican cheese blend, 40 grams of chicken and 14 grams of sauce per tacos for topping and dipping. 

Topping ideas

Top your air fryer tacos with crema, chopped red onion, cilantro and extra shredded cheese. Or just easy them straight out of the air fryer. 

Person holding a mini taco missing a bite.

What to serve with these tacos

Serve the tacos as a stand alone meal or with beans and rice on the side for a full blown Mexican take out meal. 

Lined baking sheet of mini tacos drizzled with ricotta cilantro crema.

If you like this recipe be sure to check out some of our other easy air fryer recipes!

Mini tacos on parchment paper.

Air Fryer Mini Tacos

Danielle Lima
These Air Fryer Mini Tacos put those frozen mini tacos to shame. Filled with juicy, flavorful chicken, shredded cheese and a crunchy shell, this easy appetizer comes with homemade taco seasoning and ricotta cilantro crema. A great way to please the crowd, this easy appetizer is ready in less than 30 minutes.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12 servings
Calories 148 kcal

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Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

Tacos

  • 1 lbs. chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 12 Yellow Corn Tortillas Mission 25 Calories
  • 1.5 cup Mexican Cheese Blend shredded
  • Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1.5 tbsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup water

Ricotta Cilantro Crema

  • 1/2 cup Part Skim Ricotta Cheese 124g
  • 1/4 cup Fage Nonfat Greek Yogurt 56g
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Pre heat the air fryer.
  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the raw chicken breast. Boil for 15-20 minutes until no longer pink. Once cooked through, shred with a fork and add to a mixing bowl. 
  • While the chicken is boiling prep your sauce. Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until it is completely creamy and no chunks remain. Set aside for topping your tacos. 
  • Remove the chicken from the water and shred with forks. Add the shredded chicken to a mixing bowl. Top the chicken the taco seasoning and 1/4 cup of water. Mix together well so all of the chicken is covered in seasoning. 
  • Wet a paper towel and wrap the corn tortillas with the towel. Microwave for 20 seconds to soften so they’re easy to work with. 
  • Spray the air fryer with cooking spray. Fill each taco with cheese and chicken – see notes. Fold in half and add to the air fryer pan laying them inside. Spray the tops of the tortillas with cooking spray. Repeat for as many tacos that can fit in the air fryer. Note, you may need to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Cook the tacos in the air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 minutes. Remove and top with crema, chopped red onions and cilantro. 
  • Serving size per nutrition facts is 1 taco.

Notes

Per tortilla add 14 grams of cheese, 40 grams of chicken and use 14 grams of crema per taco for topping and dipping.
 
Nutrition facts are a estimate. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1tacoCalories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 14gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.004gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 454mgPotassium: 216mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 560IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 134mgIron: 1mg
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12 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These were incredible. I couldn’t air fry them fast enough for my husband and kids. The flavor of the crema was amazing. And I won’t be buying store bought taco seasoning again. Thanks for all your great recipes.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made these twice now so I thought I would leave a review. I’m just starting out on my macro counting journey and this page is so helpful and the food is delicious! These tacos have become a household favorite. I learned on the second round to soak some toothpicks in water for a couple minutes then put them through the tortillas to hold the tacos together so they don’t blow open. Worked great! I also highly recommend making some pico de Gallo to top them with as well. The sauce is my favorite. I save the leftovers to put on my chicken and rice bowls.

  3. 5 stars
    I think I may have already reviewed these, but I’m back to say they are SO DANG GOOD. Crowd favorite at our house.

  4. 5 stars
    Great recipe! My boyfriend and I both loved the tacos and crema! We did add some diced up onion and jalapeño and included in the chicken mixture which we thought was really good.

  5. 10/10! Healthy, yummy, easy to make. Macros are great and easy to track macros. Favorite for the whole family.

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