Air Fryer Tortilla Strips – The Recipe Critic

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These delicious and easy air fryer tortilla strips are the perfect topping for any of your delicious salads or Mexican dishes! They are crispy, seasoned, and so good that you will want to put them on everything!

Air fryers are the absolute best invention, and I have so many favorite recipes that I cook in them. If you have an air fryer and love it as much as I do, then you have to try out these Air Fryer Mushrooms, these Crispy Air Fryer Egg Rolls, and these insanely delicious Air Fryer “Roasted” Potatoes!

A plate with cooked tortilla strips.

Homemade Air Fryer Tortilla Strips Recipe

Have you ever been in the middle of a recipe and it calls for tortilla strips and you don’t have any on hand?! There is nothing worse than having to drop everything that you are doing and run to the store. That’s where recipes like this come in handy! All you need is some tortillas, salt and an air fryer! It doesn’t get much better than that!

These air fryer tortilla strips are so simple and easy that you will never buy them at the store again. In fact, get out your air fryer right now and cook some of these up. You can add them to this salad, this soup or even this delicious Chili! Simple and easy recipes that I can make at home and have on hand for all of my other recipes are the BEST!

Ingredients You Need to Make Air Fryer Tortilla Strips

This recipe only uses three ingredients. You read that right… three! And the best part is that you probably already have them on hand. Check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Corn Tortillas: You can use yellow corn tortillas or white corn tortillas for this recipe. You can buy them at the store or make them using this recipe!
  • Olive Oil: This helps achieve that crispy texture. You can also spray them with some cooking spray instead.
  • Coarse Salt: This enhances the flavor and seasons them to perfection.

How to Make Air Fryer Tortilla Strips

I love this recipe because whenever I use the air fryer, it’s hands-off! Then I can prepare the rest of my dinner, and we can eat these hot and fresh!

  1. Cut: Slice the tortillas into thin strips both vertically and horizontally. Cut them to the desired size you would like. I like to stack them and cut them all together!
  2. Drizzle: Place them in a medium-sized bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Gently toss to coat all of the strips as best as you can. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
  3. Add to Basket: Place half of the tortilla strips into the air fryer basket and spread them out evenly into a single layer.
  4. Cook: Set the temperature of the air fryer to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Shake: After 3 minutes, give the basket a good shake to help cook the strips evenly. Return the basket back to the air fryer and continue cooking for another 3 minutes. Watch the strips closely and check for doneness. If they aren’t crispy enough, continue to cook and check every minute until they look done. They crisp up fast at this point, so make sure they don’t burn.
  6. Serve: Enjoy on top of salads or Mexican-inspired dishes!
4 pictures showing how to cut the tortillas and add them to the air fryer basket.

Variations

I love that these air fryer tortilla strips are a little bit thicker than chips. It makes them perfect in soups because they don’t get soggy too quickly! Check out a few more tips to make this recipe perfect for you!

  • Seasoning: Feel free to change up the taste of these tortilla strips by using some seasoning other than salt! I like using some chili-lime seasoning when I am looking for a little hint of heat!
  • Flour Tortillas: If you prefer flour to corn, you can use flour tortillas as well. Go ahead and take them to the next level by making the tortillas from scratch with this recipe!

A close up of a plate filled with air fryer tortilla strips.

How to Store Leftovers

These air fryer tortilla strips are an awesome recipe to make ahead of time and store in your pantry! Then you can have them on hand for all of the recipes that you want to use them with!

  • At Room Temperature: Once your tortilla strips have cooled, then you can place them in an airtight container. Store them at room temperature for about 4-5 days.


  • Slice the tortillas into thin strips both vertically and horizontally. Cut them to the desired size you would like. I like to stack them and cut them all together!

  • Place them in a medium-sized bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Gently toss to coat all of the strips as best as you can. Sprinkle with coarse salt.

  • Place half of the tortilla strips into the air fryer basket and spread them out evenly.

  • Set the temperature of the air fryer to 325° Fahrenheit and cook for 3 minutes.

  • After 3 minutes, give the basket a good shake to help cook the strips evenly. Return the basket back to the air fryer and continue cooking for another 3 minutes. Watch the strips closely and check for doneness. If they aren’t crispy enough, continue to cook and check every minute until they look done. They crisp up fast at this point, so make sure they don’t burn.

  • Enjoy on top of salads or Mexican-inspired dishes!



Serves: 4

Calories116kcal (6%)Carbohydrates17g (6%)Protein2g (4%)Fat5g (8%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Polyunsaturated Fat1gMonnounsaturated Fat3gSodium18mg (1%)Potassium73mg (2%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar0.3gVitamin A1IUCalcium32mg (3%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course pantry staple

Cuisine Mexican

Keyword air fryer, air fryer tortilla strips

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