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Air Fryer Taco Shells


plate of taco shells made in an air fryer

The Ultimate Crispy Air Fryer Taco Shells Recipe


Are you tired of the mess and hassle of frying taco shells in hot oil? Look no further! Our Ultimate Crispy Air Fryer Taco Shells recipe will revolutionize the way you approach taco night. These taco shells come out hot, fresh, and perfectly crispy in less than 5 minutes. Say goodbye to the splattering oil and hello to a quick and delicious dinner option.



The Perfect Taco Shell


When it comes to creating the perfect taco shell, it's all about the technique. Our air fryer method ensures that every shell turns out beautifully golden and irresistibly crisp. Let's dive into the details of this game-changing recipe.


Ingredients You'll Need


To create these mouthwatering taco shells, you'll require just a couple of simple ingredients:

  • 4 corn tortillas

  • 1 tablespoon of either olive oil or avocado oil


Crafting Your Taco Shells


Now, let's break down the steps to crafting these taco shells that will elevate your taco game to new heights.

  1. Start by using a pastry brush to delicately coat each tortilla with your chosen oil. Ensure that both sides are evenly coated to achieve that perfect crispiness.

  2. Drape the oiled tortilla over the taco mold and carefully place it in the air fryer basket. If you don't have taco molds on hand, worry not! You can easily fashion small tents using aluminum foil to provide support for the tortillas as they cook.

  3. Set your air fryer to 400 degrees F and let the magic happen. Allow the tortillas to air fry for 4-6 minutes until they transform into a glorious golden hue and reach the desired level of crispiness. Keep an eye on them after the first two minutes, as the fan's airflow may cause the tortillas to shift.

  4. Once your taco shells are perfectly crispy, it's time to fill them with your favorite toppings and ingredients. The possibilities are endless, and your taste buds are in for a treat.



Frequently Asked Questions


Let's address some common queries about these air fryer taco shells:


Q: What are other ways I can use taco shells?

A: Taco shells are incredibly versatile! If you happen to have leftover tortillas, here are a few creative ideas:

  • Transform them into crispy homemade tortilla chips perfect for dipping in fresh guacamole.

  • Lay them flat to create crunchy tostadas, topped with beans, cheese, and tomatoes.

  • Use them to make mouthwatering air fryer quesadillas or flavorful chicken taquitos.


Q: How should I store leftover taco shells?

A: To keep your taco shells fresh, it's essential to allow them to cool before storing. Place them in an airtight container or a tightly sealed storage bag and keep them on your kitchen counter for 2-3 days. However, it's not recommended to freeze cooked taco shells, as the oil can affect their texture upon thawing.


Q: Can I add seasoning to these shells?

A: Absolutely! Enhance the flavor of your taco shells by adding various seasonings:

  • Sprinkle a pinch of onion soup mix, buffalo wing mix, or taco seasoning for a burst of flavor.

  • For a classic taste, add a touch of coarse kosher salt and black pepper.

  • If you enjoy a bit of heat, experiment with red pepper flakes, chipotle chili powder, or rub your favorite hot sauce on the outer surface.


With these versatile and easy-to-make taco shells, you have a simple and efficient way to elevate your taco nights and enjoy a quick dinner that's both delicious and hassle-free. Enjoy!

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