Can You Put Burritos In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can cook burritos in an air fryer, and it’s a fantastic way to achieve a crispy exterior while keeping the filling hot and delicious. This method works well for both homemade and frozen burritos, providing a quick and convenient option for a meal or snack. Here’s how to do it:

Air Fryer Burritos Recipe

For Homemade Burritos:

  1. Assemble Your Burritos: Fill your tortillas with your preferred fillings, such as cooked meat, beans, rice, cheese, and vegetables. Avoid overfilling to ensure the burrito can be securely closed.
  2. Wrap Tightly: Fold the sides of the tortilla in, then roll it up from the bottom to enclose the filling completely.
  3. Brush with Oil (Optional): For an extra crispy exterior, lightly brush the outside of the burrito with a small amount of oil.

For Frozen Burritos:

  • No need to thaw. You can cook them directly from frozen, but you might want to remove any packaging or wrap them in foil if recommended by the package instructions for oven baking.

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Air Fryer: Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (about 177°C). Some models do not require preheating, but it can help cook the burrito more evenly.
  2. Place Burritos in Air Fryer: Place the burrito(s) in the air fryer basket, seam side down to prevent them from opening during cooking. Ensure there’s space between them for air to circulate.
  3. Cook:
    • For homemade burritos, cook for about 8-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they are golden brown and crispy.
    • For frozen burritos, cook according to the package instructions, typically about 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Cooking times may vary based on the air fryer model and the size of the burritos.
  4. Check for Doneness: The burritos should be crispy on the outside and hot all the way through. Use a thermometer to check that the internal temperature reaches at least 165°F (74°C) for food safety.
  5. Serve: Allow the burritos to cool for a few minutes before serving, as the filling can be very hot. Enjoy with your favorite sides or toppings.

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Burritos

  • Avoid Overcrowding: Cook in batches if necessary to ensure the burritos cook evenly and get crispy.
  • Foil for Frozen Burritos: If air frying frozen burritos, wrapping them in foil can help heat the filling evenly before crisping up the outside in the last few minutes of cooking (remove the foil for those final minutes).
  • Customization: Experiment with different fillings and spices to customize your burritos to your taste.

Cooking burritos in an air fryer is a simple and efficient way to enjoy a delicious meal with minimal effort, whether you’re making them from scratch or heating up a frozen option.

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