Air Fryer Chicken Tacos (Delicious & Funfilled)

Air-Fried Chicken Tacos
Air-Fried Chicken Tacos

A snack that can be served as a healthy option for dinner too is a real blessing. Tacos are one of them! The variations you can bring with this dish make it the ultimate favorite for many occasions.

Adults and children like the crispy tortilla chips filled with several different fillings. Choosing its filling has always been challenging because not everyone has the same taste and desire for food. Thankfully, this snack can be presented separately for everyone to make their tacos.

Air-fried Chicken Tacos are my favorite among other options. They are healthy and delicious and super easy and convenient to make. 

As we all know, air fryers make food quick and healthy. So, choosing this appliance for food preparation is always a better option, in my opinion at least.

Air-fried Chicken Tacos are crispy, juicy, and cheesy (if you like them to be). You can make them mild or super spicy, but the crispness that the air fryer gives them is remarkable. 

In this article, we will talk about everything you need to know about tacos, made explicitly in an air fryer.

Can you fry tacos in an air fryer?

For beginners who are reading this blog, air fryers are a name of endless possibilities. Sure, it comes with its baggage of how to do, what to do and what not to do.

There is so much that can be done with this countertop appliance, and frying tacos is in one of them. Yes, it is possible to fry tacos in an air fryer. 

Fry them with the filling in them, or separately for everyone to make their customized tacos. This snack can make any movie night, game day, or gathering better.

Fill the corn tortillas with your favorite filling and roll them to form a taco. Spray some oil over it, just a little bit of it, and fry without worries!

Tacos made in air fryers are extremely crispy and if added with chicken, they turn out to be juicy too. There is a reason why this appliance is getting popular in almost every region.

Making perfect tacos need careful preparation, which means, you have to know the exact timings and temperatures your appliance takes to fry them.

tacos and its fillings
Make it your own way

How long do you air fry taco shells?

Every air fryer and each model works differently, so you must experiment with the timings and temperature rather than blindly following the recipe.

For most air fryers, the cooking time for taco shells is from 6 to 8 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. You can try something between this time to learn about your appliance temperature.

When tacos are air fried, it is advised to flip them halfway so that they can be cooked evenly. I mean, who would want their efforts going down the drain with an unevenly cooked meal?

After preparing tacos, make sure that you let them cool for a while so that they could be crispy before you eat them. Having taco shells right after air frying them will give you a soggier feel, no matter how hard you try for them to be crispy.

Cooling them down is the only way to make them crispy and crunchy, no matter how hard the waiting game is, wait for the time to come for ultimate satisfaction.

Every appliance requires different temperatures and timings to prepare tacos, let’s look at them to learn the difference between them.

Air Fryer400 degrees Fahrenheit6 to 8 minutes
Oven400 degrees Fahrenheit8 to 10 minutes
Microwave Oven350 degrees Fahrenheit12 minutes
Temperature and timing to cook tacos in different appliances.

There are so many ways in which you can make your tacos and for me, that is the beauty of this snack. Choose the recipe that suits your taste!

filled tacos
Easy Snacking

How to make Air Fryer Chicken Tacos?

There is no one way to make this deliciously satisfying snack make your day better. This Mexican snack has different variations according to different regions. American variations have different varieties too.

Air Fryer Chicken Tacos are a favorite for many, and for a good reason. They are less oily, crispy, and filled with protein and other nutrients.

It is a safe choice for a family fun night and a good add-on to the dinner table because from juniors to elders, everyone loves to indulge in this one.

There are different ways in which you can make tacos, just buy tortilla chips. You can deep-fry them, bake them in the oven, use a microwave, or else use an appliance that is a good replacement for every other appliance; the air fryer.

When cooking in an air fryer, make sure that:

  • The food that you put inside the basket is not overcrowded and not overlapping. These two things are the two reasons that you do not get your desired crispiness.
  • Use a lining. Using an air fryer lining makes the after-cleaning very easy. You can use parchment paper, aluminum foil, or silicone. Never use wax paper as a liner for an air fryer or any other appliance.
  • Flip your food that was halfway through even cooking.

Check out this recipe to learn how to make tacos in no time.

Air-fried Chicken Tacos

Can you cook frozen tacos in an air fryer?

Almost every food turns out to work well in an air fryer. Frozen tacos are no exception.

If anything, people often say that frozen food turns out to be crispier than compared to unfrozen food. I make tacos in both ways, and I like them both.

Making sure that the tacos are lined in one single layer is the secret to better air-fried tacos, and flipping them halfway ensures fine cooking.

Frozen tacos can easily be air-fried at 400 degrees Fahrenheit in about 6 minutes. Adjust the temperature and timing according to your appliance.

What Goes Well With Air-fried Tacos?

Street tacos are so much fun that you can offer them at any time. They make an excellent party platter and can be served as a taco bar, with all of the toppings arranged around the tortillas and chicken.

Cheddar cheese, chopped onions, sliced avocados, sliced jalapenos, and, of course, chopped tomatoes are some of our favorite toppings. But that is all up to you because there is no right or wrong method to consume them.

Is It Required To Flip Chicken In The Air Fryer?

To ensure that the chicken is fully done, toss the pieces halfway during cooking time. Otherwise, one side may not be properly cooked.

Because chicken meat has a lower density than cattle meat, it may not be handled the same as meat. It may appear that flipping chicken in an air dryer is unnecessary because the spread of hot air can reach through the tissues of the chicken without flipping it over.


In this article, we have discussed:

  • It is possible to fry tacos in an air fryer. If anything, air fryers make crispier tacos than any other appliance.
  • Air fry tacos for about 6 to 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit while flipping them midway.
  • There are different ways in which you can make tacos. Fillings for this snack can be made according to individual preference.
  • Overlapping and overcrowding the basket can make tacos soggy.
  • Air fryer liners are great for mess-free air frying and it makes cleaning hassle-free.
  • Frozen tacos in air fryers are a thing. They make cooking this snack even easier.

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