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Taquitos in the air fryer are served up on the table with sauces.

Homemade Frozen Taquitos In The Air Fryer

Gina Dickson
Homemade chicken taquitos cook up crispy and delicious for a warm snack, finger food for football parties and more! Easy to make ahead to store in the freezer so you can make a few at a time or a whole batch for friends!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 12
Calories 148 kcal


  • 2 cups chicken roasted or rotisserie, shredded
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup cilantro fresh, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice only use fresh
  • 1 4 oz green chilies canned
  • 3 tablespoons cowboy candy Optional, if you like it spicy, Chopped into small pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheese shredded
  • 12 flour tortilla shells Be sure to get the street taco size. They are perfect for an appetizer
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • coconut cooking spray

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  • Melt cream cheese in a large bowl in the microwave until is is very soft and creamy.
  • Beat by hand the cream cheese in the bowl for 30 seconds.
  • Add all the spices, lime juice, green chilis, cilantro, cowboy candy and stir well.
  • Mix in the chicken and cheese, stir to blend well.
  • Heat your tortillas in the microwave just until they are very soft.
  • Lay tortilla on a cutting board and place a heaping tablespoon of the mixture on the tortilla. With the back of a spoon evenly spread the mixture about a 1/2 inch from the edges. With both hands roll the the tortilla in a cigar shape. Place seam side down on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Freeze taquitos for 24 hours. After that place them in a freezer bag with labeled and dated.

Cooking frozen taquitos in an air fryer

  • Place the frozen taquitos in a single layer into the bottom of the basket of the air fryer.
  • Air fry the taquitos at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 minutes.
  • Open the basket carefully and turn the taquitos over. Push the basket back into the air fryer and continue to air fry for 6 more minutes, or until fully cooked and golden brown.

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Expert Tips:
For best results lay the rolled taquitos seam side down on the tray so they hold their tightly rolled shape. 
Spread the filling evenly on the tortilla and leave about 1/2 inch of tortilla free of filing.
Don’t forget to heat the tortillas before rolling them. This makes them more pliable and easier to roll without cracking the tortilla. 
Serve up fresh from the air fryer while they are hot with your favorite dips!


Serving: 1gCalories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 8gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 454mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 533IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 156mgIron: 1mg
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