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air fryer frozen mini tacos

Frozen Mini Tacos in Air Fryer

Summer Yule
How long to cook frozen mini tacos in air fryer? Learn how to make frozen mini tacos in an air fryer with this easy air fryer recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2
Calories 190 kcal


  • 1 box frozen mini tacos
  • dipping sauce (optional)


  • Place the frozen mini tacos in a single layer on your air fryer tray or basket. I am able to fit 8-10 on my tray.
  • If you have an air fryer oven, use the top rack. Air fry for 3 minutes at 400°F (200°C), flip the mini tacos, and air fry 3 more minutes. Let the mini tacos rest for 2 minutes before serving; they’ll crisp up more. 
  • The frozen mini tacos I used contained cooked beef. You can use a meat thermometer to ensure the tacos reached an internal temp of 165°F (74°C) if they contain raw chicken, or 160°F (71°C) if they contain raw ground beef.
  • Serve mini tacos with dipping sauce, if desired.


This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Frozen mini tacos fall under the category of ultra-processed foods. Making your own tacos may be a more nutritious option depending on the ingredients you use.
Many ultra-processed foods are low volume and high calorie foods. They have often been designed to be easy to overeat. This can potentially make maintaining the calorie deficit you need for weight loss more difficult.
Most mini tacos are primarily a mix of fat and carbohydrates by calorie, with protein falling in third place. Protein is generally thought to be the most filling macronutrient, and foods such as mini tacos tend to fall short. They also tend to lack much fiber and fluid volume that can help you feel full.
If you wanted to turn these into a full meal, I recommend adding some non-starchy veggies and more protein. Adding refried beans and Greek yogurt for dipping, plus a side salad, would give you a better balance of macros. It should be easier to stay full than if you ate a serving or two of the frozen tacos by themselves. 
At around 20 grams of net carbs per small serving, you could fit mini tacos in a relaxed low carb diet plan. (Not that I’m saying it’s a “healthy” choice.) Frozen mini tacos are not a good fit for keto (unless they have a low carb substitute for the taco shell).
Most of the mini tacos you buy from a store contain chicken and beef, not appropriate for vegan and vegetarian diets. Make your own mini tacos with refried beans for an easy plant based option. Though frozen mini tacos typically use corn tortillas, the filling may or may not be gluten free.
Nutrition information is for four Trader Joe’s frozen mini beef tacos. Exact nutrition information for your snack will depend on the brand of mini tacos you use.


Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 10gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 310mgFiber: 2gVitamin C: 6% DVCalcium: 4% DVIron: 4% DV
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