The Best Ever Easy Air Fryer Taco Recipe


Taco Tuesday will be your favorite day of the week with this incredibly easy air fryer taco recipe. Your kids will request these tacos every week!

Easy air fryer beef tacos

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Hi everyone! Amanda here from Old House to New Home, sharing one of my favorite easy dinner recipe ideas. This is truly the best ever easy air fryer taco recipe. Everyone loves tacos, but these are seriously taken up a notch, without any extra effort!

We love tacos in this house. Every single type of taco. Chicken tacos, beef tacos, pork tacos, really anything in a taco shell is a hit here! With our recent purchase of an air fryer, we learned that you can make tacos even better when you air fry them!

2 beef tacos made in the air fryer

So why should you make tacos in the air fryer? The hard shells get extra crispy! Did you know that you should never serve corn tortillas straight from the box? They need to be cooked first!

2 beef tacos in an air fryer basket

When you air fry the tacos, the cheese gets all melted and crisps on the edges, which is SO good! I love to throw a ton of cheese on mine and then when they come out, top with lots of sour cream and Mexican hot sauce! Skip the bottled “taco sauces” and go for Mexican hot sauce, it will make your taco even better!

A close up of beef tacos with taco sauce

How to Make Air Fryer Tacos

This recipe is so easy that kids can even heat up their own taco shells in the air fryer too.

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Ingredients Needed: 

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

Crispy air fryer tacos

A couple of tips that will make your air fryer tacos even better. First, when making hard shell tacos, I always recommend using Stand and Stuff Taco shells. These are SO much sturdier and you can fit so many more toppings!

They will stand up much better in the air fryer, as well. Two, if you haven’t ditched the store-bought taco seasoning for the taco skillet sauce, you are missing out. Frontera Kitchen makes the most delicious taco seasoning and I will never make tacos without it. You can find it in any grocery store in the Hispanic Section!

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Easy Air Fryer Beef Tacos

This delicious taco dinner takes minutes to make and is kid-friendly!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Taco Recipe
Servings: 10 tacos
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Amanda Dorich


  • Air Fryer


  • 10 stand and stuff taco shells
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 pack packet taco seasoning or preferably, Beef Taco Skillet Sauce
  • 1 cup cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes for serving


  • Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees.
  • While it preheats, brown ground beef in a skillet. Add taco seasoning or skillet sauce. Cook until browned.
  • Fill shells with ground beef and cheese. Put in air fryer. You will have to cook in batches depending on how big your fryer is.
  • Cook 3-4 minutes, until brown and cheese is melted.
  • Serve immediately with desired toppings.


Serving: 1taco | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. You should never use store bought taco shells.. so unauthentic. If you are using an airfryer, use corn tortillas and make your own.. its fast, easy and much better tasting too ?

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