Crispy Air Fryer taquitos and flautas are easy to cook from frozen. Add some fresh guacamole and salsa for a quick easy appetizer or dinner. 

Taquitos and Flautas on a plate

How to Cook Air Fryer Frozen Taquitos or Flautas

Air fried frozen taquitos are one of our favorite snacks and finger foods! Seriously, the air fryer makes them super crispy and amazing. It’s incredible how easy frozen taquitos are to cook straight from the freezer into the air fryer. The outside tortilla is crunchy crispy and the inside is perfect. We’ve made them fresh many times and here’s our taquito recipe on our sister site if you’re ambitious. But if you’re in a bind, then try air frying frozen taquitos and you’ll be equally satisfied.

Video: Air Fried Frozen Taquitos or Flautas 

Air Fried Frozen Taquitos in a basket
Air Fryer Frozen Taquitos or Flautas in Air Fried in a basket

Difference Between Taquitos and Flautas?

It’s all about the tortillas. Generally taquitos are made with corn tortillas and flautas are with flour tortillas. What are these delicious rolled goodies? Here’s what Wikipedia says: “A taquito, tacos dorados, rolled taco, or flauta is a Mexican food dish that typically consists of a small rolled-up tortilla that contains filling, including beef, cheese or chicken. The filled tortilla is then crisp-fried or deep-fried. The dish is often topped with condiments such as sour cream and guacamole.” When you’re cooking these start with a small batch first to see what the best timing is for your preferred texture. Brands differ so much on the size, so if they’re thicker they might take longer to cook. Also, if you like your flautas a little more soft, then reduce timing so they’re not as crisp.

Air Fryer Frozen Taquitos or Flautas in Air Fried step by step photos
Air Fryer Frozen Taquitos or Flautas in Air Fried |

Air Fryer Frozen Taquitos

There's several things which affect how the frozen taquitos cook. They all vary in size, thickness, type of filling, thickness & type of tortilla so you’ll have to adjust timing. For best and even cooking, don't overcrowd the basket. Fill just an even single layer. Cook in batches if needed.
All air fryers are different and some cook much hotter than others. Once you cook your first batch, you’ll know more of what works for your model of air fryer and size of food. These were tested on basket style air fryers. Read more recipe notes below the recipe. Nutrition will vary depending on individual taquito types.
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  • 8 Frozen Taquitos
  • oil spray , to coat the taquitos



  • Place the frozen taquitos in the air fryer basket and spread out into a single even layer. Coat the taquitos evenly with oil spray.
  • Air Fry at 380°F/195°C for 7-10 minutes or until crispy to your liking, gently shaking and turning the taquitos halfway through cooking.


Air Frying Tips and Notes:
  1. Cook Frozen – Do not thaw first.
  2. Shake or turn as needed. Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket.
  3. Recipe timing is based on a non-preheated air fryer. If cooking in multiple batches back to back, the following batches may cook a little quicker. 
  4. Recipes were tested in 3.7 to 6 qt. air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, they might cook quicker so adjust cooking time.
  5. Remember to set a timer to shake/flip/toss as directed in recipe.

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).


Nutrition Information

Calories: 147kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 173mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g

This recipe was originally published in 2019 and re-published in 2021.

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