Air Fryer Mexican Recipes

This collection of Air Fryer Mexican Recipes is exactly what you need for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. From classic fajitas, tacos, and burritos to corn on the cob, churros, Mexican cheese dip, and tortilla chips, flavorful Mexican fare is so easy to make in the air fryer!

Includes some recipes that are suitable for gluten free, low carb, and vegetarian diets. Weight Watchers points are also included.


Planning a Cinco de Mayo celebration? Good news: with the help of your trusty air fryer, you can cook up all sorts of Mexican recipes in less time, and with less work. And to make it easy, I’ve rounded up what I think are the best air fryer Mexican recipes for Cinco de Mayo.

I’m talking about all your favorite Mexican main dishes: chicken and pork fajitas, burritos, and tacos, plus appetizers, snacks, and sides like Mexcian street corn, crispy taquitos, jalapeno poppers, nachos, and even homemade tortilla chips and Mexican cheese dip. #muydelicioso.

Plus you can easily use it for Cooking Frozen Burritos In Air Fryer for ease and convenience.

Using the air fryer makes it so easy to whip up a celebration-worthy spread, and your food will turn out perfectly cooked.

Once you let the air fryer do the work for you, you’ll be making these Mexican recipes in air fryer not just for Cinco de Mayo, but any time you’re craving your favorite Mexican fare. Now that’s a reason to celebrate!

a serving of pork tenderloin fajitas on a white plate with a fork

Benefits of Cooking with Air Fryer

it’s no wonder the air fryer has quickly become a kitchen MVP. It’s easy, convenient, and gives you a healthier alternative to deep frying. Here are some of the biggest benefits to cooking with air fryer;

  • It’s Quick – because air is able to circulate around all sides of your food, the air fryer cooks food faster than a traditional oven.
  • Healthier – food gets perfectly crispy on the outside with very little oil, or even no oil at all. So you can enjoy healthier versions of all your fried food favorites, like taquitos and churros.
  • Frees Up Space – you can cook virtually anything in the air fryer, freeing up space in the oven, which can be a lifesaver when making large meals.
three shrimp tacos served on a plate

16 Air Fryer Recipes for Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

These easy air fryer Mexican recipes are just the thing for serving up on Cinco de Mayo. And they’re so delicious, you’ll want to continue making them throughout the year!

Air Fryer Main Dishes

With easy air fryer main dishes like these, you can add tons of color and flavor to your Cinco de May meal, without spending a ton of time in the kitchen!

Air Fryer Frozen Burritos

Make Frozen Burritos in Air Fryer for your Cinco de Mayo celebration! Nicely crisp on the outside and perfectly cooked inside, learn how quick and easy it is to cook frozen burritos in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Taquitos

Learn how quick and simple it is to make frozen taquitos in air fryer that cook up perfectly crispy on the outside and soft inside. Add your favorite toppings and watch how fast these air fryer taquitos disappear.

Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos

These air fryer shrimp tacos are easy to make and totally delicious. Perfect for your next party, game day gatherings, or whenever you need a quick but satisfying meal.

Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas are loaded with seasoned juicy chicken breast with smoky veggies and ready to serve in less than 20 minutes!

Air Fryer Salmon Tacos

It's not a party without tacos, and these Air Fryer Salmon Tacos are full of amazing flavor, only take 15 minutes to put together, and are easily customizable.

Air Fryer Chicken Quesadilla

Full of great Mexican flavor, these Air Fried Chicken Quesadillas are easy to make and perfect for serving a crowd!

Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin Fajitas

It's easy to make flavorful restaurant-quality pork tenderloin fajitas in the air fryer!

Air Fryer Taco Lasagna

Air Fryer Snack and Sides

It’s not a true celebration without an assortment of tasty appetizers and side dishes. And all of these air fryer recipes really deliver!

Air Fryer Mexican Cheese Dip

It's so easy to make this zesty Mexican Cheese Dip in the air fryer, you'll want to serve this at all your parties, potlucks, and gatherings!

Air Fryer Nachos

Air Fryer Cilantro Lime Shrimp Skewers

Cilantro Lime Air Fryer Shrimp Skewers are the perfect appetizer or game-day fare that is also perfectly healthy. Everyone loves food on a stick, and you'll love how easy it is to make these zesty shrimp skewers in the air fryer.

Air Fryer Churro Pasta Chips

Air Fryer Mexican Corn on the Cob

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips are addictive and incredibly easy to make with just 2 essential ingredients. They are a must for snacking, picnics, cookouts, game days, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and more.

Air Fryer Churros

Making churros at home is easy, thanks to the air fryer. These homemade churros turn out perfectly crispy outside and light and fluffy inside. The whole family will love this healthier version of the deep fried classic.

Air Fryer Jalapeno Poppers

top down view of the completed air fryer frozen taquitos ready to be served

Tips for Success

  • Do not crowd the basket! It’s very important to allow space for air to circulate around all sides of the food. Depending on the size of your air fryer basket or tray, you may need to cook in batches.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check food for doneness.
  • To ensure even cooking, it’s a good idea to turn food over (or give the basket a good shake) halfway through the cooking time.

Check out my 18 Tips for Better Air Frying post where you can learn even more handy tricks and tips for air frying success.

Prep Ahead and Storage

  • Prep Ahead – Many air fryer recipes are so simple, that there is nothing to prepare in advance! But depending on the recipe, you can save even more time by chopping veggies and marinating meat in advance, then storing it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.
  • Storage – Keep leftovers in airtight containers or ziptop bags. Be sure to consult the recipe instructions to learn whether to refrigerate or store on the counter.
the finished air fryer tortilla chips served with dipping sauce


Do I Need to Preheat the Air Fryer?

Whether you need to preheat the air fryer or not depends on the recipe. For some foods, it may not be necessary, but other air fryer recipes will instruct you to preheat the air fryer before adding your food.

This post will help you learn when and how to Preheat Air Fryer so that your food turns out perfect every time.

How Do I Prevent Food from Sticking in My Air Fryer?

Most air fryer baskets and trays have a nonstick coating that will help keep food from sticking. You can use a small amount of oil to make sure food does not stick. It is important to avoid certain types of cooking sprays, as they contain additives that can damage the air fryer’s non-stick coating.

You can also busy air fryer liners made from either parchment paper or silicone to place inside the basket or tray.

How To Clean the Air Fryer?

Cleaning your air fryer is easy, once you know the right steps. Check out my post that teaches you exactly How to Clean an Air Fryer in 7 Easy Steps.

finished air fryer churros ready to serve

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three pieces of Air Fryer Corn on the Cob topped with fresh herbs and served on a white plate with lime wedges

Even More Air Fryer Recipes

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a top down view of the completed frozen jalapeno poppers in air fryer recipe

Tips for Cooking with Air Fryer

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