These easy air fryer Flautas are among my top recipes for air fryers! They are a fantastic afternoon snack for kids or, sometimes i will serve it as an easy and quick dinner as well!

air fryer flautas menu

If you are looking for a simple and tasty meal, these flautas are made by hand in only few minutes with the rotisserie chicken, leftover pulled chicken or pulled pork. As well the browned ground beef is an excellent option. It is also possible to make it using cheese and beans at the same time.

Why you will love Air Fryer Flautas?

Flautas are tasty any time of day.

If you’re eating Flautas for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Flautas are delicious no regardless of the time of day. You can get Flautas stuffed with bacon and eggs for breakfast, grilled chicken flautas with fresh vegetables for lunch and Flautas that are heartily filled with beef, beans, and cheese for dinner.

Flautas are for all diets

You are carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians, pescatarians, vegans, or any other group, there is a Flautas out there for you. Whatever your dietary preferences or restrictions there’s a flautas that has the name of your choice. From beef flautas made with traditional ingredients to fish flautas or with grilling vegetables. Flautas come in a variety of variations to satisfy every foodie.

Flautas come with delicious sauces

Think of the different sauces you could use to spice up your flautas. Alongside your favorite avocado-based spread, you could spice up your flautas with salsa and sour cream hot sauce, and other kinds of sauces to make the perfect flautas.

A great meal to warm you up.

Fresh flautas are no match for cold winter evenings. Are you in need of comfort food to keep you warm? Are you looking to relieve your sinuses? Pick a hot salsa or add jalapenos to add an additional amount of heat.

They’re actually quite healthy.

Yes, not all flautas are healthful. However, the majority are cooked in the right manner. If they are made with healthy ingredients like fresh vegetables and grilled meats, flautas are considered to be healthy and balanced food. This is because they provide an excellent mix of fats, protein and carbohydrates. Additionally, they are an excellent source of calcium, fiber, and iron.

air fyer flautas with greens

What is a flauta?

Flautas is Mexican food that usually is a small rolled-up tortilla filled with fillings such as cheese, beef or chicken. Then the tortilla is baked, crisp-fried, or deep-fried. The flautas is usually topped with other condiments, such as guacamole and sour cream.

What is the difference between a flautas and a taquito?

Flautas vs Taquitos: Here is my view of the differences between flautas and taquitos

  • The distinction in the name is typically regional.
  • The fillings are typically similar as cheese, meat or a similar combination.
  • Size matters: Taquitos are typically smaller (made using small taco-sized tortillas); Flautas are usually large or longer (made using large burrito size tortillas)
  • Type matters: Taquitos are generally made using corn tortillas. Flautas can be made using either, but taquitos or Flautas made from flour tortillas tend to be more Tex-Mex and not traditional.

Air Fryer Flautas

Today, We will share with you how to make the best crispy air fryer Flautas in 10 minutes, for the ultimate Flautas night dinner, party food, or game day appetizer.

Either beef, shredded chicken, or ground beef is a good choice for this. You can use the air crisp function to prepare these crispy flautas. 

The flautas are completely customizable, so pick your favorite fillings and get cooking. Here’s the recipe…

air fryer flautas dish

Air Fryer Flautas Ingredients

For making Air Fryer Flautas, you’ll need 5 principal ingredients:

Approximately 1 cup leftover cooked chicken breasts, beef or pork-you can also use ground beef pre-cooked and made into taco meat.

Your preferred salsa – I love making a bean and corn salsa mix for this recipe. However, it’s really your choice! Anything you have in your pantry should be able to work!

Shredded cheese – any kind of shredded Mexican blend or cheddar will work perfectly.

Flour tortillas (taco size tortillas) – the sole reason behind this is that larger tortillas don’t fit in the air-fryer i have. Try a larger size when you have a larger air fryer. It is important to note that, taquitos are prepared using corn tortillas, whereas flautas are made from flour tortillas.

Refried beans: Mexican-style refried beans can help you create authentic and delicious Mexican-style flautas


How to make Air Fryer Flautas

The same steps will be followed regardless of the filling you choose to use. 

Preheat your air fryer to 375F for 4 minutes. In a bowl, mix your cooked meat, cheese, salsa and refried beans together until the mixture is blended.

Place the filling in a straight line across the broadest part of the tortilla. Then, gently roll it up and place it on a baking sheet, seam side at the bottom to ensure it doesn’t fall apart.

After being preheated, place them in the basket in a single layer, and ensure to don’t overlap with the seams set at the bottom. Air fry for around 8 – 10 minutes.

At the 4th minute, flip it over and at minute 8, look if you wish them to brown, if yes, spray them with olive, then air fry for a couple of minutes (1-2 minutes).

Top with your favorite toppings, sour cream Guacamole is my favorite choice. Serve with some greens to get a full meal.

Mixture of flautas filling


What do you serve with flautas?

Flautas are great as snacks, however, I prefer to serve them as a main course at dinnertime. Include a few easy side dishes for a simple balanced dinner. Flautas are great with Spanish rice, fresh fruits, and green salad or corn as well as fruit salads.

flautas with greens salad and sauce

How long to cook flautas in air fryer?

As per i described above, cook your freshly prepared Flautas or in the air fryer to the temperature of 375F for approximately 8 minutes, or till they’re crispy golden and crisp according to your preference!

How do you freeze homemade Air Fryer Flautas?

Prepare the filling and roll into Flautas. However, instead of air frying the tortillas, place them onto baking sheets and place them in the freezer to freeze for at least 4 hours. Once frozen, they’ll remain perfectly rolled.

Transfer the frozen Flautas to the storage container that has an airtight seal. Store them for 3 to 6 months!

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Here's my easy and quick method of making Flautas using the air fryer!
prep time
15 mins
cooking time
8 mins
total time
23 mins


  • Air Fryer


  • 4 taco size tortillas (flour)

  • 1 cup cooked ground beef (taco meat) any meat leftover works

  • 0.17 cup of salsa

  • 0.33 cup of shredded cheese,

  • 0.67 can refried beans 16 oz.




Preheat your air fryer at the temperature of 375F for 5 minutes.

NEXT STEP: Make the filling

Mix your cooked meat, cheese, salsa and refried beans together in a bowl until the mixture is completely blended.

Then: Roll up the flautas

Place the filling in a straight line across the broadest part of the tortilla. Then, gently roll it up and place it on a baking sheet.


Place them in the basket in a single layer and air fry for around 8 - 10 minutes. At the 4th minute, flip it over and at minute 8, look if you wish them to brown, if yes, spray them with olive, then air fry for a couple of minutes (1-2 minutes).


Top with your favorite toppings. Serve with some greens to get a full meal.


  • Instead of ground beef, you can also use leftover shredded chicken, beef or pork.
  • This recipe makes 4 Flautas, but you can also increase the amount to make bigger batches of 4! It is also possible to prepare the filling in advance so that all you need to do is roll up the tortillas, then air fry them.