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Recipe courtesy of Dana Beninati for Food Network Kitchen

Air Fryer Taquitos and Charred Salsa

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings (24 taquitos)
Taquitos are the ultimate finger food—mini rolled tacos that are warm, cheesy and super crunchy! An air fryer makes this crowd-pleasing snack (or appetizer) surprisingly easy to cook up at home. We fill them with chunks of chicken and melty Colby Jack, but you can customize the ingredients to please even the pickiest of eaters with different proteins and cheeses. And while you have the air fryer fired up you can make a delicious charred salsa to serve alongside.

Ingredients

Salsa:

Taquitos:

Directions

Special equipment:
A 6-quart air fryer
  1. For the salsa: Preheat a 6-quart air fryer to 350 degrees F (see Cook's Note).
  2. Combine the tomatoes, onion, chile, garlic and oil in a large bowl and toss to coat. Transfer to the basket of the air fryer and cook until the skin of the tomatoes and the chile are wrinkled and the onion and garlic are charred, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly. 
  3. When cool enough to handle, peel the skins from the tomatoes and discard. Remove the stem, seeds and skin from the chile and discard. Place the tomatoes, chile, garlic, onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender. Pulse until smooth. Set aside until ready to serve.  
  4. For the taquitos: Combine the chicken, cheese, pimientos, oregano, cumin, paprika, chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl and toss. 
  5. Working in batches, quickly run 4 tortillas under running water. Shake off excess water and place in the air fryer basket. Fry until softened and pliable, 15 to 30 seconds. Fill them while they are still warm: Spread 2 teaspoons refried beans over a tortilla, reserving a bit of bean to dab on the seal. Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of the chicken filling over the beans. Roll the tortilla over the filling and seal tightly with a little refried bean. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, beans and chicken.  
  6. Spray all sides of the taquitos generously with cooking spray. Place in the air fryer basket (work in batches if needed) and fry until golden brown and crispy, about 8 minutes. Serve warm topped with some of the salsa and sour cream and shredded lettuce.  

Cook’s Note

Depending on the size of the air fryer, you may need to cook the taquitos in batches. Extra salsa can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. The taquitos can be prepared in advance: Air fry them until lightly golden brown, about 4 minutes. Allow to cool. Place in a resealable freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat, wrap in a moist paper towel and microwave for 1 minute to defrost the filling. Place in the basket of a 6-quart air fryer preheated to 350 degrees and cook until crispy and golden brown, about 6 minutes.