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Air Fryer Enchiladas


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Recipe Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 15 Enchiladas
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Air Fryer Enchiladas are a quick and easy way to get your Mexican food fix! These enchiladas are filled with a flavorful ground beef mixture and topped with lots of cheese, and they’re cooked in the air fryer until they’re hot and bubbly.

If you are looking for an easy air fryer dinner, then look no further than this recipe for air fryer enchiladas. This dish is packed with flavor and it’s so simple to make.

a closeup of Air Fryer Enchiladas on a plate and garnished with chopped spring onion

Air Fryer Enchiladas

The benefit to using air fryers is that they use hot air to cook with, so there’s no need to add oil. That means these enchiladas are a bit healthier than traditional fried versions.

If you’ve never made enchiladas before, don’t worry – this recipe is easy to follow and it doesn’t take long to make. You will be so glad that you made tasty enchiladas.

Why I Love This Recipe

The air fryer makes for an easy and quick weeknight meal. Air-fried ground beef enchiladas are topped off with lots of cheese, and cooked until hot and bubbly on the inside!

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love air fryer Mexican food, next time give these air fryer chicken taquitos a try.

Air Fryer Enchiladas on a plate and garnished with chopped spring onion

Ingredients

All of the ingredients for this recipe are easy to find at your local grocery store. Once you gather these ingredients you will quickly fall in love with this air fryer enchiladas recipe.

  • red enchilada sauce (homemade or canned)
  • prepared taco meat, seasoned with taco sauce
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • corn tortillas, yellow or white
  • chives, diced for garnish
Air Fryer Enchiladas ingredients

Substitutions

Meat: Instead of ground beef, you can use ground turkey or ground chicken.

Enchilada sauce: Switch out the red enchilada sauce for Verde sauce.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this delicious air fryer recipe. Gather these tools and get ready to have dinner on the table in no time at all. 

How to Make Air Fryer Enchiladas

Making air fryer enchiladas is a quick and easy process.  Follow the simple steps below and you will have delicious enchiladas in no time at all.

Step 1: Mix together the meat and enchilada sauce

Mix 1 cup of meat into your enchilada sauce.

meat and enchilada sauce in a meatal bowl next to a bowl of cheese and tortillas on a wooden board

Step 2: Add sauce to the bottom of your pan

Add just enough sauce to cover the bottom of the pan you’re using for cooking.

Step 3: Warm the tortillas

Warm the tortillas for 15 seconds in the microwave. This will make them soft and pliable.

Step 4: Fill the tortillas

Add 1-2 tablespoons of meat to your tortilla. Top with a little bit of cheese and roll closed. Place fold down in your pan and top with the sauce.

meat and cheese on a tortilla next to more meat on a spoon, on a wooden board

Step 5: Top with cheese

Once the pan is filled, top generously with sauce and cheese. Make sure it’s evenly distributed across all the enchiladas and fully covered.

enchiladas in the air fryer before being cooked

Step 6: Air fry the enchiladas

Place pan in the air fryer basket, cook at 375 for 6-8 minutes until tortillas are crisp and cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy.

cooked enchiladas in an air fryer

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

There are so many ways that you can change up this recipe to make it your own. Here are a few ideas:

Peppers: Add some diced green peppers or onions to the meat mixture.

Cheese: Swap out the cheddar cheese for pepper jack cheese.

Heat:  Add a diced jalapeno pepper to the meat mixture for some extra heat.

Air Fryer Enchiladas on a plate and garnished with chopped spring onion

Tips

Here are a few tips to help you make the perfect air fryer enchiladas:

  • If your tortillas are too dry, they will crack when you try to roll them. Wet a paper towel with warm water and lightly dampen each tortilla before filling and rolling.
  • Make sure that you don’t overfill your tortillas. 1-2 tablespoons of meat is the perfect amount.
  • When you are adding the sauce to the pan, make sure that you don’t use too much. You don’t want your enchiladas to be soggy.
  • Toppings: Once your enchiladas are cooked, feel free to add your favorite toppings. Some ideas include diced tomatoes, sour cream, or green onions.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this air fryer enchiladas recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about this recipe.

How to store

Leftover enchiladas can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to reheat

The best way to reheat enchiladas is in the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place the enchiladas on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes until heated through.

Can I freeze leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze leftover enchiladas. Place them in a freezer-safe container and they will keep for 2-3 months.

Air Fryer Enchiladas on a plate and garnished with chopped spring onion next to a fork on a blue and white striped cloth

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Air Fryer Enchiladas Recipe

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Air Fryer Enchiladas

Corinne Schmitt
Air Fryer Enchiladas are a quick and easy way to get your Mexican food fix!
4.34 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 21 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 15 Enchiladas
Calories 319 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • cake pan that will fit in your air fryer
  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 cups red enchilada sauce homemade or canned
  • 2 pounds prepared taco meat seasoned with taco sauce
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 15-20 corn tortillas yellow or white
  • 3 tbsps chives diced for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Mix 1 cup of meat into your enchilada sauce.
  • Add just enough sauce to cover the bottom of the pan you’re using for cooking.
  • Warm the tortillas for 15 seconds in the microwave. This will make them soft and pliable.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of meat to your tortilla. Top with a little bit of cheese and roll closed. Place fold down in your pan and top with the sauce
  • Once the pan is filled, top generously with sauce and cheese. Make sure it’s evenly distributed across all the enchiladas and fully covered.
  • Place pan in the air fryer basket, cook at 375 for 6-8 minutes until tortillas are crisp and cheese is melted.

Notes

Cook time listed is based on each batch. How many enchiladas you can cook per batch depends on the size of your tortillas.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 319kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 18gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 547mgPotassium: 231mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 520IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 192mgIron: 2mg
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