Air fryers are all the rage right now. And with good reason. They take a lot of the annoying things out of frying food at home. Mainly, I mean the mess. I can’t be the only one who makes a mess frying things right? So, I just never do it. But with an air fryer, I’m mere minutes away from crispy food. And with a quick recipe like these 30 Minute Chipotle Black Bean Taquitos, I really do mean mere minutes.
The main reason I haven’t posted an air fryer recipe until now is because I’m worried that they don’t all cook the same. The air fryer that I have is the Ninja Foodie Oven, which does far more than just air fry. I’m a huge fan of it, but I also know there are MANY air fryer brands out there. So just keep in mind, the cook time may be slightly different for your air fryer. The recipe will work, you just may have to leave your taquitos in longer than I needed to to get to the crisp level you prefer.
Now let’s talk about the important stuff: the food. These taquitos are big on flavor, but use minimal pantry ingredients. And even though there is chipotle in them, which can be quite spicy, I’d say these are mild in the spice department.
These beans are also killer on their own, as a side for tacos or in a burrito bowl. I make them about once per week to eat with tacos and they never get old. The combo of garlic and onion powder with the slightly smoky cumin and chipotle hits all my favorite flavor notes.
Don’t drain your black beans! I know this goes against everything you know about canned beans. But, the bean liquid contains starch from the beans, so as it reduces it really thickens up. Bean brands definitely vary in the amount of liquid in the cans, so use the photo above as a reference point for when to stop simmering your beans.
For best results, work one by one. Corn tortillas tend to be quite brittle when they are cold. To heat them up, I prefer placing them on the grate of my gas stove that is set to medium heat. I let them toast for about 30 seconds per side. Then I transfer the tortilla to a sheet pan and fill and roll. Like a little assembly line.
If you don’t have a gas stove, use a dry nonstick skillet to heat the tortillas. I don’t have a microwave, so I haven’t tried that. But whatever you do, make sure the tortillas are warm when you roll them up. They will burst open upon air frying if they aren’t!
These 30 Minute Chipotle Black Bean Taquitos make a fun dippable appetizer or part of a meal. Be sure to serve with plenty of guacamole, salsa and hot sauce!
Black Bean Taquitos
- Air Fryer
- 1 15 oz Can of Low Sodium Black Beans (do not drain!)
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 1 Tbsp Adobo Sauce from a can of Chipotles in adobo
- Pinch Salt (Omit if you are not using low sodium beans)
- 8 Corn Tortillas
- In a small saucepan, combine black beans (including the liquid that is in the can), garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and adobo sauce.
- Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring often, for 10-12 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by about half. See photo for reference.
- Smash some of the beans with the back of a spoon to make the mixture more cohesive. You can also use a potato masher for this!
- Heat corn tortillas directly over medium heat if you have a gas stove. If you don't have a gas stove, use a skillet.
- Working one at a time, heat a tortilla, then transfer it to a cookie sheet. Put a couple tablespoons of bean onto one edge of the tortilla and roll up. Place seam side down on a tray. Repeat until all of the bean mixture is gone.
- Preheat air fryer to 425* F. Place as many taquitos as will fit in a single layer into the air fryer. Fry for 6-9 minutes. Times will vary with brand. Repeat until all taquitos are done.
- Serve with hot sauce, salsa and guac for dipping.
Let mw know how this recipe works for you and if there is anything you’d like to see me make next!