Are you looking for a fun and easy recipe to make on your next RV trip? This Air Fryer Taquito with left over Pulled Pork has all the makings of a great meal: it is simple, healthy, and delicious. It’s also versatile; serve as an appetizer or main dish! See below for this easy and quick recipe. We’ve written this one as a recipe you can make while on a road trip. However, it’s just as easy to put together in the kitchen. All you need is an air fryer!
Air Fryer Pork Taquitos
Taquitos have a long history, originating in Mexico and eventually becoming popular in the American southwest. Taquitos are small, rolled up tortillas filled with pork, chicken, or beef, and then fried lightly in oil. You can use your preferred dipping sauce, but the are often dipped in red or green salsa. They make a great lunch option since they aren’t heavy or high in calories compared to burritos or traditional tacos. You can also wrap them in foil and transport them easily in a lunch pack or thermal lunch box.
Homemade taquitos are so much better than anything you will get in the frozen section at the store. Those are usually laden with salt and preservatives, and the meat is less than flavorful! We made these with pulled pork that was actually left over from a previous meal. We make pulled pork for BBQ sandwiches often during the fall football season, but it works any time of year. If you have a smoker (especially an electric smoker or pellet grill) pulled pork is a super easy, no-fuss meal to prepare.
If you buy a larger pork shoulder or pork butt and make pulled pork out of it, there should be plenty of meat for several meals. Taquitos or pork tacos are our favorite leftover pork meals!!
If you’re wondering if you can taste the BBQ rub after the pork taquitos are done, the answer is not really. I can if I have really seasoned the original pulled pork heavily. In general the pork only has seasoning on the outside, and it creates a “bark” as it cooks. This gets mixed in with the rest of the pork as it’s shredded. When you make leftovers and re-season your pork, the original taste is easily covered up by the new seasonings.
To make these, just reheat your cooked pork first. Add your prepared pork to the center of each tortilla and wrap tightly. The secret to wrapping these and not having them split is to warm up the tortillas first, and also dip them lightly in oil before you wrap. As they cook in the air fryer they will maintain their wrapped shape.
Why Air Pork Taquitos for Camping?
You might think this recipe sounds a little random for a camping trip! It’s actually ideal for busy days in the RV and when you want a filling, hot lunch but don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking! Like many who RV, we set up camp with electrical in our camper. This allows us to use small appliances and power our TV, a must for relaxing inside. If you have a smaller air fryer, you can do all your cooking in one appliance without the mess of a griddle or using the camper cooktop. (Honestly a lot of campers may not even have this luxury). We do love our outdoor grill and making a campfire– don’t get me wrong. But cooking inside in the air fryer is amazingly fast and convenient.
Add that to a quickly prepped meal idea for a perfect camping lunch or dinner! The best part about taquitos in the air fryer is that I can prep these and we can wrap them and put them in a thermal container and just toss into a back pack. They travel well along with a sealed container of salsa, so if we are in the mood for a picnic, we just need to find a scenic spot!
One important note is that I do keep my prepared meat refrigerated or frozen until I am ready to prepare the taquitos. Be aware of food safety if you’re transporting meats, especially those that aren’t frozen.
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- 1 lb cooked pulled pork
- 1 package of taco seasoning
- 2-3 Tablespoons oil, for frying
- 6-8 corn tortillas
- Preferred salsa or queso for dipping (optional)
Warm up leftover pulled pork in the microwave or in a sauté pan on the stove top.
In the Kitchen: Warm a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Allow the oil to heat up but do not allow it to start smoking. Gently dip each tortilla in the oil just to soften it. Transfer with tongs to a plate or cutting board and line meat up in the middle, rolling tightly. Put seam side down inside the air fryer.
At the Campground: Heat up tortillas in the microwave in 30 second increments. Warming in a damp paper towel or covering with a plate will keep moisture in and help soften the tortillas. Transfer soften tortillas to a plate or cutting board and line up meat in the center of tortillas. Roll up and brush with oil.
Place taquitos in the air fryer seam side down.
Cook 7-8 minutes at 400 degrees. If you like them on the crispy side, turn taquitos over and allow them to cook 1-2 minutes on the other side.
Serve with salsa verde or your favorite dipping sauce!
If you do not have an air fryer, these are traditionally made by rolling up and frying in a skillet in a lightly oiled pan.
Amount Per Serving Calories 275Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 29mgSodium 695mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 3gSugar 12gProtein 13g
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