beef taquitos on a plate with salsa and guacamole

Beef Taquitos

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

These addicting Beef Taquitos can be made in an air fryer, the oven or pan fried. Crispy tortilla shells stuffed with a cheesy, ground beef filling!



  • 12 small (6 or 8 inch) whole wheat or flour tortillas
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil or canola oil
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 4.5 ounce can chopped green chiles
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Guacamole, sour cream and salsa or pico de gallo for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. If using an air fryer, the cooking temperature will also be 400 degrees.
  2. Make the beef filling by adding the oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the beef and then drain off any drippings from the pan. Add the onion, garlic and salt and cook for 5 minutes until the onion has softened.
  3. Stir the refried beans, chiles and cheese into the beef, turn off the heat and let the filling cool slightly.
  4. Place a tortilla on a cutting board and add about 3 heaping tablespoons of the beef filling in a line across the tortilla. The filling should sit slightly on the bottom half of the tortilla.
  5. Roll the tortilla over the filling, tucking as you go to make a tight roll. Place on the board seam side down and repeat with the remaining tortillas. You can use a toothpick to secure the tortilla, but we have found if you place them seam side down they’re fine. If you’re looking for a very tight roll, then secure the ends with a toothpick first.

Air Fryer Instructions:

  1. Preheat your air fryer (if needed) to 400 degrees. Spray the racks or bin of the air fryer with cooking spray. Add the taquitos in a single layer, seam side down, and then spray the tops with an olive oil or canola oil cooking spray.
  2. Cook for 10-12 minutes until the tortillas are golden brown and crispy. Repeat with the remaining taquitos if needed.

Oven Instructions:

  1. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place the taquitos seam side down on the baking sheet and then spray with an olive oil or canola oil spray.
  2. Bake for 12-13 minutes until the tortillas are golden brown and crispy.

Pan Fry:

  1. Add a shallow layer of canola or vegetable oil to a skillet over medium heat. Place the taquitos in the skillet seam side down in a single layer.
  2. Cook for 3-4 minutes on both sides until brown and crispy. Remove to a paper towel lines plate to let the oil drain.

Recipe Notes

Store: Let the taquitos cool and then place them in a storage bag or container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheat: To reheat leftover taquitos, bake in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes, then turn the taquitos over and cook another 2-3 minutes until the filling is warmed through. For the air fryer, reheat at 400 degrees for 3-4 minutes until the filling is warmed through.

Freeze: Place the taquitos in a resealable freezer bag in a single layer. Once the taquitos are frozen you can add more to the bag. This allows the taquitos to freeze separately so that you can pull as many or as little out as you need.

This recipe makes 12 taquitos, 2 taquitos per person for appetizers or 3 for dinner, serving 4.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Oven / Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American / Tex-Mex