Best Air Fryer Mexican Street Food

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Mexican food is a feast for the senses, with its bold flavours and vibrant colours.

An air fryer is an excellent tool for creating healthy and delicious Mexican dishes in the comfort of your own home.

Learn how to create authentic Mexican street food using an air fryer in this blog post.

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Tips and Tricks for Air Frying Mexican Food

When it comes to cooking Mexican food in an air fryer, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Avoid overcrowding the basket. This can prevent the air from circulating properly and lead to uneven cooking.

Turn your food halfway through cooking to ensure even browning.

Checking The Internal Temperature

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your meat to ensure it’s cooked to your desired level of doneness.

The internal temperature of the meat should be at least 165°F / 74°C to ensure it’s fully cooked and safe to eat.

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Marinating Meat

Preparation is key especially when marinating meat. Marinating meat is a great way to add flavour and keep it tender. To marinate meat for air frying, combine your desired spices, oil, and acid (such as lime juice) in a bowl or plastic bag.

Add the meat and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (or overnight) before cooking.

Air Fryer Mexican Street Tacos

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What are Air Fryer Mexican Street Tacos?

Air fryer Mexican street tacos are a healthier version of the traditional street tacos that are usually deep-fried. This means you can enjoy your favourite fried foods without guilt or mess.


  • 454g of meat (such as beef, chicken, or pork)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8-10 small corn tortillas
  • Traditional toppings, such as coriander, onion, and lime wedges
  • Optional toppings, such as avocado, cheese, or salsa

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How To Make Tacos In The Air Fryer

  • Preheat the air fryer to 200 C / 400 F.
  • In a bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, cumin, chilli powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the meat to the bowl and mix well, making sure each piece is coated with the marinade.
  • Place the meat in the air fryer basket, making sure not to overcrowd it. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through and crispy on the outside.
  • While the meat is cooking, warm the tortillas by placing them in the microwave for a few seconds on each side.
  • Once the meat is done, assemble the tacos by placing a few pieces of meat on each tortilla, and adding your desired toppings.

How Do I Store Air Fryer Mexican Street Tacos?

To store air fryer Mexican street tacos, wrap them individually in foil or plastic wrap and keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I Freeze The Tacos For Later?

You can freeze the tacos, wrap them individually in foil or plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag or container.

The tacos can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.

To reheat, place them in the air fryer until heated through.

Air Fryer Beef Chimichangas

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Chimichangas are a popular Mexican dish that’s traditionally deep-fried and filled with a savoury mixture of ground beef, beans, cheese, and spices.

While delicious, traditional chimichangas can be heavy and high in calories. With the air fryer, you can create a crispy, golden-brown exterior without all the oil.


  • 454g minced beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 100g grated cheddar cheese
  • Cooking spray

How To Cook Chimichangas In The Air Fryer

  • Preheat your air fryer to 200 C / 400 F.
  • Add the minced beef to the air fryer basket. Air Fry for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain any excess oil. TIP: Mop up the excess oil with a piece of kitchen paper.
  • Add the chopped onion, red bell pepper, and minced garlic to the air fryer basket with the beef. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the cumin, chilli powder, salt, and pepper to the air fryer basket. Stir to combine. Air fry for a further 5 minutes.
  • Lay out a tortilla on a flat surface. Spoon a few tablespoons of the beef mixture onto the centre of the tortilla.
  • Sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese over the beef mixture.
  • Fold the sides of the tortilla in toward the centre, then roll the tortilla up tightly from the bottom.
  • Place the chimichanga seam-side down in the air fryer basket. Spray the chimichanga with cooking spray.
  • Repeat with the remaining tortillas and beef mixture.
  • Air fry the chimichangas for 10 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve the chimichangas hot with your favourite toppings, such as salsa, guacamole, or sour cream.

Can I Make Chimichangas Ahead Of Time And Reheat Them In The Air Fryer?

Yes, you can assemble the chimichangas ahead of time and refrigerate them until you’re ready to cook them in the air fryer.

Can I Use Corn Tortillas Instead Of Flour Tortillas?

You can use corn tortillas if you prefer. They may be a bit harder to work with, but they will still turn out crispy and delicious.

Can I Freeze Chimichangas?

Freeze the chimichangas after they have been assembled and before cooking them in the air fryer.

When ready to cook, thaw them in the fridge overnight and then cook them in the air fryer as directed.

What Other Toppings Can I Serve With Chimichangas?

Some other tasty toppings to try include diced tomatoes, chopped coriander, sliced avocado, or a squeeze of lime juice

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Air Fryer Mexican-Inspired Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Mexican-Inspired Chicken Wings

If you’re a fan of Mexican food, you’ll love this recipe for air fryer Mexican-inspired chicken wings.

These wings are a great way to enjoy the flavours of Mexico in a snack that’s perfect for a buffet, or any other occasion.

Creating The Mexican-Inspired Spice Blend


  • 12 chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Mix all of the spices in a small bowl, and set aside.

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Preparing The Chicken Wings

Place 12 chicken wings in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. This will help the seasoning stick.

Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the spice blend over the wings. Use your hands to toss the wings, making sure that they’re evenly coated.

Cooking The Wings In The Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 190 C / 375 F.

Place the chicken wings in the air fryer basket, making sure that they’re not touching each other.

Cook for 10 minutes, then turn the wings over and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

If you want your wings to be extra crispy, you can cook them for a few more minutes.

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Chicken Wings

  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket. Make sure that there’s enough space between the wings so that they cook evenly.
  • Turn the wings halfway through the cooking time to ensure that they cook evenly on both sides.
  • If you’re cooking a large batch of wings, you may need to cook them in batches to avoid overcrowding the air fryer.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, you can use boneless chicken if you prefer. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Use any spice blend you like. Feel free to experiment with different flavours and seasonings.

You can make the wings ahead of time and reheat them in the air fryer when you’re ready to serve.

Freeze the wings after cooling. Store them in an airtight container or freezer bag.


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