Pulled Pork Taquitos

Take slow cooker pulled pork and turn those leftovers into amazing Pulled Pork Taquitos that everyone will love! Serve them with slaw and guacamole, or freeze them for a quick weeknight meal!

Pulled Pork Taquitos

I cannot stop making taquitos to switch up a classic Taco Night! This version uses an easy pulled pork recipe that I love, and every time I make these, they fly off the table.

Ingredients Needed for Pulled Pork Taquitos

Here is an overview of the list of ingredients you need for this recipe. For the full recipe with measurements and instructions, keep scrolling to the bottom.

  • Tortillas: Corn, grain-free, or whole wheat,
  • Slow Cooker Pulled Pork: Make a nice batch and then make taquitos with the leftovers,
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: Pepperjack would be great here, too!
  • Avocado Oil Spray: See note below on what to avoid when using oil spray with an air fryer.

That’s it! Want to add some other yummy add-ins? Some great additions are:

What Type of Tortillas to Use

We tested this recipe with corn tortillas, almond flour tortillas (from Siete Foods), and whole wheat tortillas. All worked well! We also know you can easily use traditional flour tortillas if you want. Just make sure they’re heated well (see below), and give a spritz of oil spray where they seal if needed.

Tips for Rolling Taquitos

My best tip for rolling taquitos is to make sure your tortillas are heated up! If you skip this step, your tortilla won’t be as flexible, and it could crack when filling, or unroll. So take the time to heat up the tortillas.

There are a few different methods of warming up tortillas, but the most common is to heat them up one by one in a hot skillet. Or to place them in the microwave to soften. I don’t recommend heating them over an open flame or under a broiler when making enchiladas as they can get too crispy.

If you are warming them up one by one, place the heated tortillas in a towel while you heat the others so they stay warm.

Once you’ve warmed up the tortillas, place the filling off the center toward one end of the tortilla in a small mound. Then, roll it up tightly and place it seam side down on your prepared sheet pan.

Pro-tip: Don’t roll it out so tight that you squish your filling down to the edges of the rolled tortilla. As this bakes, the filling will bubble and start to come out the sides. If you push the filling towards the edge of the tortilla before it bakes, more of the filling will spill out the sides than necessary.

How to Make Taquitos in the Air Fryer

  • Preheat Air Fryer to 400ºF.
  • In a bowl mix together pulled pork and cheese.
  • Warm tortillas up either in a hot cast-iron skillet or in the microwave until malleable.
  • Place 1 tortilla down on a flat surface and fill it with pulled pork mixture and cheese off to the side. Roll up the tortilla tightly and place it, seam side down on the air fryer basket/air fryer sheet.
  • Continue until all of the filling has been used up.
  • Lightly oil the tops of the tortillas.
  • Cook in batches for 6 minutes, flipping halfway though, until the tortillas are lightly crisp and the filling is melty.
  • Serve taquitos as desired with optional garnishes of chopped lettuce, guacamole, and coleslaw!

Don’t have an air fryer?

We’ve tried quite a few air fryers over the years. We’ve have and use this basket style, this Instant Pot air fryer attachment and this toaster-style air fryer! They all work great! It’s quite a personal preference which you choose. Do you want/need a new toaster? Do you have space for a solo new appliance? All these things will go into consideration when shopping and deciding which of those will work for you.

A Note on oil sprays

Something worth noting, whether using Avocado Oil Spray, olive oil spray, or any other oil spray, avoid using an oil spray with propellant/aerosol. Aerosol spray cans can ruin your air fryer basket. It’s best to use a good quality oil mister or spray without any added ingredients.

Pulled Pork Taquitos

How to Bake Taquitos

While I am now fully obsessed with taquitos in the air fryer, you can also bake them in the oven on a sheet pan. You don’t need to use a ton of oil to get these crispy, but you need to use enough that it actually can crisp up.

We recommend rubbing or spraying oil on the parchment paper, and then doing the same with the tops of the taquitos after they have been rolled. We love this Avocado Oil Spray for this. It allows an even distribution of oil on both the sheet pan and the tortillas without adding too much, and the only ingredient in this spray is the oil!

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • In a bowl mix together pulled pork and cheese.
  • Warm tortillas up either in a hot cast-iron skillet or in the microwave until malleable.
  • Place 1 tortilla down on a flat surface and fill it with pulled pork mixture and cheese off to the side. Roll up the tortilla tightly and place it, seam side down on the air fryer basket/air fryer sheet.
  • Continue until all of the filling has been used up.
  • Lightly oil the tops of the tortillas.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes. They should be flipped halfway through the baking time. I recommend baking them for 10 minutes first, flipping and then baking for the additional amount of time it takes for them to get lightly golden and crispy. Baking time will vary depending on the type of tortilla you use.
  • Serve taquitos as desired with optional garnishes of chopped lettuce, guacamole, and coleslaw!
Pulled Pork Taquitos

Freezing and Reheating Taquitos

We love a good freezer meal, and these taquitos freeze so well! I always have them in the freezer or bring them to a new mom or a friend in need.

To freeze them: Let them fully cool down. Freeze them flat on a sheet tray until they’re frozen solid (about 8 hours in the freezer), and then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag. They keep well for 3-6 months.

To reheat them: When ready to heat, place in a toaster oven or back in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through until very hot and crispy.

How to Serve Them

Honestly, they’re so delicious they can be served all by themselves. My favorite sides are:

But serving them with garnishes is fun too. Here are some garnish recommendations:

  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • More Cheese!
  • Jalapeno Slices
  • Hot Sauce
  • Scallions
  • Avocado Slices
  • Lime Wedges

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Pulled Pork Taquitos

Take Slow Cooker Pulled Pork and turn those leftovers into amazing taquitos that everyone will love! Serve them with slaw and guacamole, or freeze them for a quick weeknight meal!

  • Author: Lexi

Ingredients

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  • 12 tortillas (see note)
  • 3 cups pulled pork
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or pepper jack cheese
  • Avocado oil spray

Instructions

Air Fryer:

  1. Preheat Air Fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. In a bowl mix together shredded chicken, taco seasoning, and cheese.
  3. Warm tortillas up either in a hot cast-iron skillet or in the microwave until malleable. Place 1 tortilla down on a flat surface and fill it with about 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture off to the side. Roll up the tortilla tightly and place it, seam side down on the air fryer basket/air fryer sheet. Continue until all of the filling has been used up.
  4. Lightly oil the tops of the tortillas.
  5. Cook in batches for 6 minutes, flipping halfway though, until the tortillas are lightly crisp and the filling is melty.
  6. Serve taquitos as desired with optional garnishes of chopped lettuce, salsa, guacamole, cilantro, hot sauce, etc.!

Oven Baked:

  1. Warm tortillas up either in a hot cast-iron skillet or in the microwave until malleable.
  2. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  3. In a bowl mix together pulled pork and cheese.
  4. Place 1 tortilla down on a flat surface and fill it with pulled pork mixture and cheese off to the side. Roll up the tortilla tightly and place it, seam side down on the air fryer basket/air fryer sheet.
  5. Continue until all of the filling has been used up.
  6. Lightly oil the tops of the tortillas.
  7. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. They should be flipped halfway through the baking time. I recommend baking them for 10 minutes first, flipping and then baking for the additional amount of time it takes for them to get lightly golden and crispy. Baking time will vary depending on the type of tortilla you use.
  8. Serve taquitos as desired with optional garnishes of chopped lettuce, guacamole, and coleslaw!

Notes

  1. We tested this recipe with corn tortillas, almond flour tortillas (from Siete Foods), and whole wheat tortillas. All worked well! We also know you can easily use traditional flour tortillas if you want. 
  2. We have found a cooking spray such as avocado oil (which has no other additives) useful for lightly applying oil to the tops of the tortilla. If you don’t have that, you can just use your hands or a pastry brush to lightly oil the tops of the tortilla.

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April 13, 2022

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