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Air Fryer Beef Taquitos

These Airy Fryer Beef Taquitos are packed with protein, delicious and crispy without the oil. You won’t be buying the frozen stuff anymore once you get a taste of these.

Why you'll love this recipe

  • These taquitos are quick, easy and ready in under 30 minutes
  • These Air Fryer Beef Taquitos require minimal ingredients and no oil for cooking.
  • They’re packed with protein. 
  • Macro friendly and family friendly. Kids and adults will love them.
  • Pair them with your favorite dips like crema, salsa, bean dip or nacho cheese for a different taquito each time.
  • Swap with gluten free tortillas for a gluten free option.

Can you make this ahead of time?

I would recommend you enjoy these air fryer beef taquitos right out of the air fryer but they reheat in the microwave great. Once they start sogging up they’re even better in my opinion which makes them the perfect leftovers. Store in the fridge and reheat in the air fryer or microwave the next day. 

How to make this gluten free and dairy free

These air fryer beef taquitos are easily made gluten and dairy free. Swap tortillas with your favorite gluten free tortillas. Use your favorite dairy free cream cheese alternative. Kite Hill has a great almond based cream cheese.

Do I have to have a air fryer to make this?

To make these extra crispy without an air fryer I would pan sear in some hot oil to get a good crispy layer on these air fryer beef taquitos. 

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Ingredients and Substitutes:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for air fryer beef taquitos. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Ground beef: these air fryer beef taquitos use 96% lean ground beef. You can substitute any fat ratio of ground beef, do note your macros will change. Some great alternative meats for this recipe would be ground chicken or turkey. 

Cream cheese: while I do not recommend skipping this added creaminess you can omit the cream cheese or substitute with a dairy free option like this almond milk style from Kite Hill.

Tortillas: this recipe is using Mission Carb Balance tortillas, linked here. You can make this recipe double in size by using snack size tortillas or street taco tortillas. To make this gluten free use your favorite gluten free tortillas.

Taco seasoning: you can use your favorite taco seasoning or use the ingredients listed for my absolute favorite sugar free homemade seasoning. 

Toppings: we topped these taquitos with our favorite Don Panco Cilantro Lime Crema from Costco but you can leave off or make your own! Simply add mayonnaise, sour cream or Greek yogurt, lime juice, lime zest, cilantro and chili powder. Checkout a crema recipe here on these Adobo Pitas. 

Top with salsa, iceberg lettuce, sour cream or greek yogurt, cilantro and red onion.

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How to make air fryer beef taquitos

Step 1

Prep the ground beef: add raw ground beef to a pan over medium and cook until cooked through. Break up with a spatula while cooking into small pieces.

Step 2

Taco seasoning: mix all the taco seasonings in a small bowl and combine with 5 Tbsp. of water. Mix together to create a slurry paste. Do not skip the water. Add to the ground beef and mix together well to evenly coat.

Step 3

Cream cheese: add the cream cheese to the meat and break up with a spatula. Cook until the cream cheese has melted into the meat mixture.

Step 4

Pre heat the air fryer: pre heat your air fryer and start rolling your air fryer beef taquitos. 

 

Step 5

Roll the taquitos: lay out each tortillas and top with evenly divided amounts of the meat mixture. If you want perfect measurements you will need to weigh your total meat mixture and divide by 8 to add evenly into the taquitos. 

Lay your mixture on the tortillas and roll leaving the ends open. Place in the basket of the pre heated air fryer and spray with cooking spray. I like to use Chosen Foods Avocado Spray, linked here

Step 6

Air fry taquitos: you will likely need to work in batches if you cannot fit all 8 in your air fryer. 

Air fry at 350 for 4 minutes. Flip and air fry at 350 for another 4 minutes. Remove and enjoy these delicious air fryer beef taquitos!! 

What to serve with these taquitos

Pair these air fryer beef taquitos with a traditional side dishes like beans and rice or my Easy Spanish Rice.

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

Yields 

8 taquitos

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings
1 lbs. ground beef (96/4)
4 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese
8 Mission Carb Balance Soft Taco Flour Tortillas
Taco Seasoning
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. paprika
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1.5 Tbsp. ground cumin
5 Tbsp. water

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 1 taquito
182 Calories
9.2 Fat (g)
19.3 Carbs (g)
18.7 Protein (g)
15.5 Dietary Fiber (g)

Directions

1.

Prep the ground beef. Add raw ground beef to a pan over medium and cook until cooked through. Break up with a spatula while cooking into small pieces.
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Mix all the taco seasonings in a small bowl and combine with 5 Tbsp. of water. Mix together to create a slurry paste. Do not skip the water. Add to the ground beef and mix together well to evenly coat.
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3.

Add the cream cheese to the meat and break up with a spatula. Cook until the cream cheese has melted into the meat mixture.
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4.

Pre heat your air fryer and start rolling your air fryer beef taquitos.
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5.

Roll the taquitos, lay out each tortillas and top with evenly divided amounts of the meat mixture. If you want perfect measurements you will need to weigh your total meat mixture and divide by 8 to add evenly into the taquitos. Lay your mixture on the tortillas and roll leaving the ends open. Place in the basket of the pre heated air fryer and spray with cooking spray. I like to use Chosen Foods Avocado Spray, linked here.
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6.

Air fry taquitos, you will likely need to work in batches if you cannot fit all 8 in your air fryer. Air fry at 350 for 4 minutes. Flip and air fry at 350 for another 4 minutes. Remove and enjoy these delicious air fryer beef taquitos!!
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