These air fryer frozen mini tacos make a fun game day appetizer to feed a crowd. They are also a fantastic snack choice for kids to enjoy after a long school day. You can serve them with chopped fresh lettuce, salsa, and guacamole to make them healthier and fancier.
Today, I want to show you how to cook the frozen mini tacos using an air fryer. These mini tacos can be ready in less than 10 minutes, so quick and easy to prepare! It's a quick alternative homemade tacos.
The Best Way to Cook Frozen Mini Tacos
When you cook these mini tacos in the microwave the shells become so tough and chewy. This is 100 times better!
Cooking these frozen mini tacos in an air fryer makes them so crispy and crunchy, just like they were deep fried. Better than cooking in the oven, too!
A Quick Party and Game Day Appetizer
For game-watching food I have found a lot of success with these smaller items, then making about four or five different options.
I'll put them out together and people will tend to grab a few of each thing.. no big commitment to a single taste. It's almost like creating a huge sampler platter.
I have noticed that mini tacos (and Mexican food in general) are always a hit when we have people over for football games. This year it's just us, but at least we're keeping the food traditions!
In this recipe I used Market Pantry beef and cheese mini tacos from Target.
I think this recipe will work great with any frozen mini taco brand you can find in your areas, such as Jose Ole, Don Miquel, or Trader Joe's mini tacos.
What to Serve with Tacos
As mentioned earlier, you can dress up the mini tacos with the extra fixings, such as guacamole and greens.
The guac brightens any dish up and the smooth texture gives such a nice contrast to the crunch of the mini tacos.
A homemade guac is usually the healthiest way to go and can be a lot less salty than some found in the stores. I've found a couple of solid brands in the stores, too.
The lettuce and salsa round out the taste and bring it home. The true star are the mini tacos themselves though, with that perfect blend of beef and cheese.
How to Cook Frozen Mini Tacos in an Air Fryer
Cheese really does make everything better doesn't it? I've found that the air fryer tends to do a great job on cheesy dishes like this one.
So here's how to cook frozen mini tacos using an air fryer.
Step 1. Preheat the air fryer for a few minutes.
In this recipe, I used my Gourmia 8 qt air fryer.
Step 2. Set the temperature to 400°F. Cooking food at high temperature produces foods that have a crunchy golden brown exterior and tender interior.
Step 3. Cook the frozen mini tacos for 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.
Step 4. Always check for doneness. The type of air fryer and the batch size you use may affect the cooking time.
Air Fryer FAQ and Cooking Tips:
You can find them at Trader's Joe, Costco, Ralph's/Kroger, Vons, Target, or Amazon.
Some people like to do that but it's not necessary.
Per the CDC, any ground meats should internally reach 160°F, and all poultry should internally reach 165°F Fahrenheit.
No, you don't have to mist the food with any oil or cooking spray.
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Air Fryer Frozen Mini Tacos
- an air fryer
- 12 oz frozen mini tacos
- Preheat the air fryer and set the temperature 400°F.
- Put the frozen mini tacos in the basket, in a single layer. Do not overcrowd and work in multiple batches if needed. No thawing required. Cook for 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway through. Check for doneness and air fry longer if needed, checking every 30 seconds.