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Beef taquitos air fryer on bed of lettuce with pico de gallo on top square

Crispy Homemade Beef Taquitos Recipe In The Air Fryer

  • Author: alicia gonzalez tome
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 taquitos 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, main
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Get ready for a flavour fiesta with these crispy homemade beef taquitos in the air fryer. They are a blend of crunchy goodness and savory satisfaction! Super easy to make! Gluten-free.


Units Scale
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 cup brown onion diced
  • 1 cup red bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 kg lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp Mexican spice mix or taco seasoning (see notes)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup of beef broth (or water)
  • Sea salt
  • 12 corn tortillas or GF flour tortillas


Start by preparing the ground beef mixture

  1. Add a drizzle of olive oil to a large skillet or pan on medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, and pinch of salt, and stir to combine. Cook for 5 minutes until the onion becomes transparent. 

  2. Add the red pepper and combine. Cook for another 5 minutes or so, until soft.

  3. Increase to medium-high heat, and add the lean ground beef to the pan with a pinch of salt. Stir to combine for a few minutes until it browns. Add the Mexican spice mix and cook for a couple of minutes more.

  4. Add the beef broth and tomato paste, combine, and cook for 3-5 minutes until beef is well cooked and all the liquid has been absorbed. Important! Discard any remaining liquid from the ground beef mixture before rolling the taquitos.

Roll the homemade taquitos

  1. Add a bit of the meat mixture to the center of each tortilla (close to the border), and roll the taquito. Secure with a toothpick if required to avoid the tortilla unfolding. Repeat the process until you make the number of taquitos desired.
  2. Brush the taquitos with extra virgin olive oil on both sides using a brush or cooking spray.

Cook the crispy taquitos

  1. Add the taquitos to the air fryer basket. Don't overlap the taquitos, to ensure they come out perfectly crispy. Cook at 200C/390F for 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown.
  2. Serve immediately with your sides and toppings of choice (see notes below).



I tend to prefer Mexican spice mix as it doesn't contain sugar or additives.

You might need to use a warm tortilla for rolling the taquitos - this will depend on how soft the tortillas you use are.

Toppings & salsa serving suggestions: Serve on a bed of crispy lettuce (iceberg lettuce), pico de gallo, guacamole or smashed avo with lime juice, DF sour cream or Greek yogurt (if dairy is not a problem) or coconut yogurt sauce, jalapenos, Mexican tomato and pepper salsa.

If your taquitos are not crispy is most likely because you haven't cooked them long enough.

If the beef mixture has a lot of liquid it could also wet the tortillas and make them soggy. Overlapping the taquitos too much could also cause the taquitos not to be crispy. Make a single layer of taquitos with space in between to ensure you get a crispy tortilla.

This recipe makes 12-15 beef taquitos. Store the leftover beef mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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