Frozen Chicken and Cheese Taquitos in Air Fryer

Taquitos, also known as flautas, are a popular Mexican dish made of rolled-up tortillas filled with various ingredients, such as meat, cheese, and vegetables, then deep-fried until crispy. The origin of taquitos is uncertain, but they are believed to have originated in the northern region of Mexico and the southwestern United States.

One theory is that taquitos were first created in San Diego, California, by Mexican immigrants who worked in the canneries and were looking for a way to use up the leftover tortillas and meat. Another theory is that taquitos were a popular food item during the Mexican Revolution, where soldiers would roll up their tortillas with meat and cheese to make them easier to eat while on the move.

Regardless of their origin, taquitos have become a beloved dish in Mexican cuisine and have been adapted and modified in various ways over time. In the United States, taquitos are often served as a snack or appetizer and can be found in the frozen food section of many grocery stores.

El Monterey® Chicken & Cheese Taquitos in Air Fryer

Recipe by Tyson GregoryCourse: Snacks, AppetizersCuisine: Mexican
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This recipe yields crispy and delicious chicken and cheese taquitos with a perfectly golden brown exterior and a warm and gooey interior. It’s a great way to enjoy a classic Mexican appetizer with a healthier twist, thanks to the air fryer cooking method.


  • El Monterey® Chicken & Cheese Taquitos


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  • Place the desired number of taquitos into the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure they are not touching each other.
  • Cook the taquitos for 8-10 minutes, turning them over halfway through the cooking time.
  • Once the taquitos are golden brown and crispy, remove them from the air fryer and allow them to cool for a few minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!


  • Cooking time may vary depending on the size and brand of your air fryer. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions for recommended cooking times and temperatures.

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