Homemade taco shells in air fryer or Ninja Foodi are easy! Then brown ground beef or cook shrimp inside the basket to make the best air fryer tacos for dinner.
I have got to show you how to make taco shells in air fryer! If you like to cook from scratch this couldn’t be easier. You can fill them with all sorts of things for dinner and kids just love them. Just one of our easy air fryer recipe for beginners even my teens can make. (affiliate links present, originally published 8/22)
Air Fryer Taco Shells
You literally just need small corn tortillas to make these. Hot air does all the work for you inside the forms. If you want homemade tostadas this will work too, just leave them flat inside the basket. Rolled up with meat inside you can crisp them into taquitos. The possibilities are endless.
If you’re looking for a few of the best air fryer Mexican recipes, this one tops the list. New to this way? Don’t worry, we will walk you thru it step by step.
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- My Favorite Air Fryer is a Cosori or for a dual machine, the Foodi.
- You can find more easy air fryer recipes here, we have Ninja Foodi recipes as well; bookmark them both!
Ninja Foodi Taco Shells
It doesn’t matter what brand you might have at home. With the Ninja Foodi air fryer you would use the air crisp setting for these. You can make your own flour versions of these and make air fryer tortillas yourself too. Those are great for soft tacos. Cut these corn versions into smaller pieces to make homemade chips too.
- 2-4 small corn or flour tortillas
- 4 taco racks
That is all you need. There really isn’t a need for cooking spray unless you wanted them really crispy fast. If you wanted to make tostadas you wouldn’t need the racks. For taco salad bowls you’d need to use a bowl turned upside down to shape it.
If you want air fryer tortilla chips you’d cut them as desired and air fry for 4 or 5 minutes until hardened and golden brown. If you want to make taco shells you’d place into holder for about the same amount of time.
Homemade Taco Shells
What if you don’t want to buy any other accessories? You could use aluminum foil wadded up into a wide piece to form these too. You just need to keep the two sides open enough to stuff the meat and cabbage inside. Just lay it in the basket on it’s side with the foil “bar” in the middle to shape.
Cheese Taco Shells in Air Fryer
If you wanted keto shells instead you could do that. You will need a piece of parchment paper for this one. Shred about 2 cups of cheddar cheese and preheat machine to 380 F for 5 minutes.
- Place parchment paper inside basket
- Spread about 1/2 cup of cheese on to the paper and spread out so it’s in a circular shape without a lot of bare spots in between.
- Air fry for about 1-2 minutes or until it is melted and lightly brown
- Remove basket and allow to cool about 1 minute or enough where it is slightly hardening but soft enough to bend into shape
- Bend into a taco shape and hold until it hardens or set a piece of foil in the middle until it’s hard.
It is best to do these one at a time. Just leave on the parchment as each cools and place another piece in with your next shell. This is how to make shrimp tacos after you have these made.
How to Make Taco Shells From Wraps
Now you can do this another way. If you already have the meat you want to fill these with already cooked you can fill, fold tortilla over and set into your machine that way. As it heats the shell will get hard and reheat the ingredients inside at the same time. The shell will somewhat curl around and hold everything in this way.
These are great if you want to make shrimp tacos. You can pull these out and then cook air fryer shrimp no breading next. Drizzle cilantro lime sauce for fish tacos over the top for added YUM. I have other options too using just this machine like
- You can cook up some air fryer ground beef taco meat with or without taco seasoning mixed in.
- If you want a breaded option, air fry fried shrimp will probably be your favorite.
- Pressure cooker shredded chicken works too
If you want to wrap it all up tight and crisp the outside like a chimichanga, follow these directions instead.
Hard Shell Tacos
Ready for an awesome taco Tuesday this week? Skip the store bought package that always has at least one broken inside and make homemade air fryer shells this way. You will taste and feel the difference. It only takes a few extra minutes to make so well worth it to eat from scratch.
- Always start by preheating your air fryer. Set to 320 degrees F for 5 minutes.
- Place flour or corn tortillas inside the taco molds and set inside air fryer basket.
- Air fry for about 5-6 minutes or until they are as crispy as you’d like.
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If you made too many but hate to throw them away, no problem. Just remember that air is the enemy when it comes to keeping them crispy and fresh. Think of them as tortilla chips. You want to suck as much air out of the bag you place them in or they’ll start to get stale fast.
You can reuse as is with filling the next day or break into pieces and use as chips with dip as a snack later on. I hate wasting any food so if you’re like me you’ll appreciate this tip. I like small freezer bags personally because they are a lot thicker than sandwich bags and things stay fresh longer to me.
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Taco Shells in Air Fryer
- Preheat air fryer to 320 degrees F for 5 minutes. Secure corn tortilla inside the taco mold and set inside. Air fry for 5-6 minutes or until they are as crispy as you'd like.