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Cheesy Chicken Taquitos in the Air Fryer Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

Just whipped up some air fryer cheesy chicken taquitos. Super easy! Mixed chicken, cheese, salsa, and spices, rolled 'em up in tortillas, and air fried until crispy. Deliciously golden and perfect for dipping!

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Ever crave something crispy, cheesy, and full of flavor? I've got you covered with this air fryer cheesy chicken taquitos recipe. As a home cook, I love how the air fryer gives these taquitos perfect crunch without the excess oil. Filled with shredded chicken, melted cheese, and a kick of cumin, they're a surefire hit at my dinner table. Simple to prepare, and oh-so-tasty, it's a recipe you'll want to roll out again and again.

Ingredients for Cheesy Chicken Taquitos

  • Shredded cooked chicken: Tender, flavorful protein base that adds substance and heartiness to the taquitos, making them satisfying and delicious.
  • Shredded cheese: Melty, gooey goodness that binds the filling together and adds a rich, creamy texture to the taquitos.
  • Salsa: Provides a zesty kick and moisture to the filling, infusing the taquitos with vibrant flavors and juiciness.
  • Fresh cilantro: Bright, herbaceous element that adds a pop of freshness and a burst of color to the taquitos.
  • Ground cumin: Warm, earthy spice that enhances the overall flavor profile of the taquitos with its aromatic and slightly nutty notes.
  • Garlic powder: Adds a savory depth and subtle garlic flavor to the filling, elevating the taste of the taquitos.
  • Onion powder: Provides a sweet and mild onion flavor that complements the other ingredients in the filling, enhancing its overall taste.

Kitchen Tools Required

  • Air fryer: Cooks the taquitos to crispy perfection without the need for deep frying.
  • Bowl: Used for mixing together the chicken, cheese, salsa, and spices for the taquito filling.

Cheesy Chicken Taquitos in the Air Fryer Recipe

These cheesy chicken taquitos are crispy, delicious, and easy to make in the air fryer. Perfect for a quick meal or snack!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 320 kcal


  • Air Fryer


Main Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • to taste Salt and pepper
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • as needed Cooking spray


  • In a bowl, mix together the shredded chicken, cheese, salsa, cilantro, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Place a few tablespoons of the chicken mixture onto each tortilla and roll them up tightly.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  • Lightly spray the taquitos with cooking spray and place them in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for about 8-10 minutes, until the taquitos are crispy and golden brown.
  • Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.


Calories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 20gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 620mgPotassium: 250mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 200mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Air Fryer, Chicken, Taquitos
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Tips for Prepping and Storing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the chicken mixture as directed.
  • Roll up the taquitos and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before air frying.

Freezing Instructions

  • After rolling up the taquitos, place them on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Freeze until solid, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container.
  • When ready to cook, air fry from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

One interesting fact about this air fryer cheesy chicken taquitos recipe is that you can customize the filling by adding your favorite ingredients like diced jalapeños, black beans, or corn for a unique twist on this classic dish.

Common Questions About This Dish

Can I use a different type of cheese for this recipe?
Yes, feel free to use your favorite cheese or a combination of cheeses that you prefer.
Can I make these taquitos ahead of time and reheat them later?
Absolutely! You can prepare the taquitos ahead of time, store them in the refrigerator, and reheat them in the air fryer when you're ready to enjoy.
How can I make this recipe vegetarian?
To make this recipe vegetarian, you can substitute the shredded chicken with cooked black beans or your favorite meat alternative.
Can I freeze these taquitos for later?
Yes, you can freeze the taquitos after rolling them up but before air frying. When you're ready to enjoy them, simply air fry from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
What dipping sauces would pair well with these taquitos?
These taquitos go well with a variety of dipping sauces such as guacamole, sour cream, salsa, or a spicy chipotle mayo.

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