Can You Put Taco Shells In An Air Fryer? (read this first)

Making taco shells in an air fryer is the healthiest way to make them. You need very little oil to create perfect taco shells in an air fryer and they will be cooked perfectly every time.

Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Taco Shells

Who doesn’t love tacos? Here’s some of the reasons why you’ll love making taco shells in an air fryer.

  • Healthy Option
    These crispy taco shells take hardly any oil at all to cook making them the most healthy taco shells ever.
  • Easy To Prepare
    Making these taco shells takes hardly any preparation at all.
  • Easy To Make
    Once you’ve made one or two batches of these, you’ll find it so simple.
  • Quick
    These taco shells are ready in just 5 minutes.
  • Consistent Results
    Once you have the timings right, you’ll get perfect results every time.

How To Make Taco Shells in An Air Fryer

These taco shells are made using any brand of tortilla you prefer.


  • Corn Tortillas
  • Oil

We are now going to go through 3 different methods you can use to cook taco shells in the air fryer. Have a read through and see which one suits you best (they’re all great!)

Method #1

This method uses an air fryer stainless steel barbeque rack which can be purchased separately. 

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  1. Brush the corn tortilla with oil on both sides
  2. Place the tortilla on aluminium foil
  3. Drape the tortilla over the rack so that there is at least one bar between each edge (it’s better if there are 2 bars between each edge. The tortilla will resemble a bed sheet on a washing line
  4. Place the rack upside down in the air fryer basket 
  5. Air fry for 5 minutes at 200 C (400 F)
  6. Remove from the air fryer carefully (the rack will be hot)
  7. Fill with your favourite filling
  8. Air fry for 3 minutes
  9. Serve

Method #2

  1. Take a large piece of aluminium foil and fold over 3 times to form a square
  2. Brush a tortilla with oil on both sides
  3. Place the tortilla in the middle of the foil square
  4. Pull the sides up to form a loose triangle
  5. Secure the top by folding the 2 corners together
  6. Place in the air fryer basket
  7. Air fry for 5 minutes at 200 C (400 F)
  8. Remove from the air fryer and gently unwrap the foil
  9. Fill the taco with your favourite filling
  10. Air fry for 3 minutes 
  11. Serve

Method #3

This method uses a taco holder stand 

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  • 🌮 TACO HOLDER STAINLESS STEEL: The taco tray holder is made of stainless steel material which is very strong and durable and will not bend or deform. Whether sitting on a plate or baking in the oven, they'll keep the tortillas upright. Compared with plastic pallets, it is safer to use. It is safe to place the taco rack in the oven or grill, dishwasher.

  1. Brush the tortilla with oil on both sides
  2. Place the tortilla shell over the taco holder stand
  3. Place the holder in the air fryer basket
  4. Air fry at 200 C (400 F) for 5 minutes
  5. Fill with your favourite topping 
  6. Cook for 3 minutes
  7. Serve

Air Fryer Taco Shells Cooking Tips

  • All cooking times are for guidance only because all air fryers are different
  • You can use any cooking oil you prefer
  • If using taco holder stands, check after 2 minutes to be sure that the taco shell hasn’t dislodged from the stand (due to the strong fan)
  • You can use any brand of tortilla
  • Take care when removing taco shells from the air fryer due to the extreme heat produced

Taco Filling Recipe

The easiest recipe for a taco filling is cooked minced beef topped with grated cheese. This is then air fried for 3 minutes at 200 C (400 F). Once cooked, you can add any salad etc of your choice.

You can however, use any minced meat including;

  • Minced Beef
  • Minced Chicken
  • Minced Pork
  • Minced Turkey

Cook the minced meat before filling the taco shell and then just cook for 3 minutes to reheat the meat and melt the cheese.

Did you hear about the recent tortilla rebellion?
It was a hostile taco-ver! 😂


Frequently Asked Questions

Can you eat uncooked taco shells?

You can eat uncooked taco shells but they are even better if heated up first.

Can you cook taco shells in an air fryer?

You can cook taco shells in an air fryer. The easiest way is to brush tortillas with oil and then place in a taco holder in the air fryer basket and air fry at 200 C (400 F) for 5 minutes.

Can you heat taco shells in the air fryer?

You can heat taco shells in an air fryer. As the shells are already cooked, all you need do is wrap the shells in foil and air fry at 120 C (250 F) for 3 minutes.

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