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5 from 19 votes
Cook Time : 15 mins
Total Time : 30 mins
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Last Updated on January 28, 2023 by Corinne Schmitt

These Air Fryer Tacos are amazing. The beef is so juicy and flavorful, and the shells get nice and soft. This is a must-try recipe!

If you love these Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken Tacos, then this is the next recipe that you will want to try. The air fryer makes it so easy, which makes it perfect for busy weeknights.

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Air Fryer Tacos on a cutting board, garnished with onion, cilantro, and jalapeños.

Steak Street Tacos Recipe 

These steak street tacos are loaded with many healthy ingredients, however, the stand out for these tacos is that the stew meat is filled with nutrients like protein and iron. 

This recipe uses an air fryer to cook the steak, which makes it a quick and easy weeknight meal. You can’t go wrong with making this healthy meal for your family. 

Why I Love This Recipe

If you love tacos but are looking for a healthier alternative, this is the perfect recipe for you!

  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love easy weeknight meals, next time give these Instant Pot Beef Carnitas a try. 

Ingredients

Air Fryer Tacos Ingredients

This recipe calls for a few simple ingredients. That’s it! All of these ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store. Some of these ingredients you may already have on hand which can save you a trip to the store. 

Beef stew meat – Stew meat is a great option for this recipe because it’s already cut into small, bite-sized pieces.

Carne asada seasoning –  I like to use a store-bought carne asada seasoning blend because it’s already perfectly seasoned, but you can also make your own.

Corn tortillas –  I prefer to use corn tortillas for this recipe because they’re more authentic. 

Substitutions

Beef: If you can’t find stew meat at your local grocery store, you can use cut-up chuck roast or sirloin instead. 

Tortillas: I prefer the flavor of corn tortillas, but you can also flour tortillas instead. 

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

There are so many ways you can change up this recipe to make it your own. 

Chicken: Instead of beef you can also use cut-up chicken breast for this recipe.

Pork: Another great option is to use a cut-up pork loin or pork tenderloin. 

Tofu: Tofu is a great meat substitute for this recipe. Just be sure to press it before cooking 

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a couple of kitchen tools to help you make this delicious taco recipe. 

  • air fryer – I used an 8-quart air fryer for this recipe. You will need at least a 6-quart air fryer to make this recipe.
  • baking dish – you will need a pan that will fit inside your air fryer, a cake pan, pie plate or loaf pan should work depending on the size of your air fryer. 

How to Make These Air Fryer Tacos

Making these air fryer street tacos is so easy. Just follow the instructions below and you will have a delicious family-friendly meal in no time at all. 

Step 1: Add the beef, stock, oil, and spices to a shallow dish and marinate for at least 1 hour

Add the beef, stock, oil, and spices to a shallow dish. Cover and place the dish in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

Beef, stock, oil, and spices in a shallow dish.

Step 2: Add the beef to a pan and air fry for 15 minutes

Remove the beef and marinade and add it to a pan that fits your air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 15 minutes. Stir halfway through.

Beef and marinade in a pan in the air fryer.

Step 3: Transfer the meat to a cutting board 

Once cooked, remove the meat from the juices and place the meat on a cutting board. 

Cooked meat on a cutting board.

Step 4: Chop the meat into bite sized pieces

Chop the meat into small pieces and combine with half the juices. 

Chopped meat on a cutting board.

Step 5: Warm the tortillas

Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds. 

Step 6: Fill the tortillas with taco meat and toppings

Add beef to a tortilla, and garnish with onion, cilantro, and jalapeños. Mix in some pickled jalapeños if desired. Enjoy!

Air Fryer Tacos on a cutting board, garnished with onion, cilantro, and jalapeños.

Serving Suggestions

I love to serve these steak street tacos with a side of this Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice, and these Instant Pot Mexican Black Beans

Air Fryer Tacos on a cutting board, garnished with onion, cilantro, and jalapeños.

Pro Tips

Here are a few tips to make sure that your tacos turn out perfectly every time that you make them. 

  • Make sure that you use an oven-safe container in your air fryer. 
  • Try to cut the meat into evenly-sized pieces so that it cooks at the same time. 
  • You can top these tacos with your favorite taco toppings such as cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, hot sauce, fresh cilantro, or a squeeze of fresh lime juice. 
  • If you want to add more flavor to this dish you can add seasonings such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, or chili powder to the beef mixture.
  • For easy clean up make sure that you spray your baking dish well with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • I like to use cheddar cheese but you can also use Mexican style cheese if you prefer.

FAQs

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

How to store

These tacos are best enjoyed the day that they’re made but will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to reheat

Reheat in the air fryer at 400°F for 5-7 minutes or in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until warmed through.

Can I freeze the leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze the leftovers for up to 3 months. I recommend freezing the meat and tortillas separately so that you can thaw and reheat them as needed.

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Air Fryer Tacos

Corinne Schmitt
Air Fryer Tacos are fresh, healthy and great for busy weeknight dinners.
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 463 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • baking dish that will fit in your air fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons carne asada seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • ½ cup purple onion diced
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 lime
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro diced
  • 4 ounces pickled jalapeños

Instructions
 

  • Add the beef, stock, oil, and spices to a shallow dish. Cover and place the dish in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  • Remove the beef and marinade and add it to a pan that fits your air fryer basket. Cook at 400°F for 15 minutes. Stir halfway through.
  • Once cooked, remove the meat from the juices and place the meat on a cutting board.
  • Chop the meat into small pieces and combine with half the juices.
  • Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Add beef to a tortilla, and garnish with onion, cilantro, and jalapeños. Mix in some pickled jalapeños if desired.
  • Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Make sure that you use an oven-safe container in your air fryer.
  • Try to cut the meat into evenly-sized pieces so that it cooks at the same time.
  • You can top these tacos with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 463kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 33gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 803mgPotassium: 895mgFiber: 13gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 916IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 345mgIron: 10mg
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