How to Reheat Tacos in an Air Fryer

Reheating tacos in an air fryer is a fantastic method to revive them, keeping the shells crispy and the filling warm without drying it out. Unlike microwaving, which can make the shells soggy, the air fryer circulates hot air around the tacos, crisping up the exterior while gently reheating the interior. Here’s how to do it effectively:

Instructions for Reheating Tacos

1. Preheat the Air Fryer

  • Begin by preheating your air fryer to 350°F (about 175°C). A preheated air fryer ensures that the tacos start reheating immediately and uniformly.

2. Prepare the Tacos

  • If your tacos are fully assembled with fresh toppings (like lettuce, tomato, or sour cream), it’s best to remove these before reheating. You can re-add these toppings after reheating to maintain their freshness and texture.

3. Arrange the Tacos in the Air Fryer

  • Place the tacos in the air fryer basket. If they have a tendency to open up or spill their filling, you can wrap them lightly in aluminum foil or use a toothpick to keep them closed. Just ensure there’s some space between each taco for the air to circulate freely.

4. Reheat

  • Heat the tacos for about 3-4 minutes. The exact time may vary depending on the thickness of the filling and your specific air fryer model.

5. Check for Warmth

  • After the initial reheating time, check if the tacos are heated through. If not, you can continue to reheat them in 1-minute increments, checking after each minute to avoid overcooking.

6. Add Fresh Toppings and Serve

  • Once the tacos are heated to your satisfaction, carefully remove them from the air fryer. Re-add any fresh toppings you removed earlier, and serve immediately.

Tips for Perfectly Reheated Tacos

  • Avoid Overcrowding: Reheat the tacos in batches if necessary to ensure they’re not overcrowded in the air fryer basket. Overcrowding can lead to uneven reheating and less crispy shells.
  • For Soft Tacos: If reheating soft shell tacos, the same temperature and timing generally apply. You may want to wrap them in foil to keep them moist and prevent them from drying out.
  • Use Parchment Paper for Easy Cleanup: Placing a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the air fryer basket can catch any falling pieces and make cleanup easier. Just make sure it doesn’t block air circulation.


Reheating tacos in an air fryer is a quick and convenient way to enjoy leftovers that taste fresh. By following these simple steps, you ensure your tacos are evenly reheated, with crispy shells and warm fillings, ready to be enjoyed as if they were just made.

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