air fryer enchiladas
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Air Fryer Enchiladas

These Air Fryer Enchiladas are so easy to make! Layering the tortillas instead of rolling them makes this process go so much faster and easier than traditional enchiladas.

Ingredients in Air Fryer Enchiladas

For the Sauce:

  • Olive Oil
  • Red Onion
  • Hot Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt
  • Vegetable Broth

For the enchiladas:

  • Pinto beans: Black or kidney beans can easily be substituted if that is your preference.
  • Sour Cream
  • Red Onion
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Monterey Jack Cheese

How long does it take to cook enchiladas in the air fryer?

We cooked these enchiladas for 15 minutes at an air fry setting of 375.

Topping Ideas for Air Fryer Enchiladas:

  1. Cheese: Shredded cheese is a common topping for enchiladas. You can use any type of cheese you prefer, such as cheddar, Monterey Jack, or queso fresco.
  2. Sour cream: A dollop of sour cream can add a cool and creamy contrast to the spicy enchilada sauce.
  3. Guacamole: Fresh guacamole or sliced avocado can add a delicious creamy texture and a burst of flavor to your enchiladas.
  4. Salsa: Salsa is a classic accompaniment to Mexican dishes. You can choose a mild or spicy salsa depending on your taste preferences.
  5. Cilantro: Fresh cilantro can add a bright, fresh flavor to your enchiladas.
  6. Diced tomatoes: Fresh diced tomatoes can add a sweet and tangy flavor and a pop of color to your enchiladas.
  7. Jalapeños: Sliced or diced jalapeños can add a spicy kick to your enchiladas.
  8. Red onion: Thinly sliced red onion can add a sweet and tangy flavor and a bit of crunch to your enchiladas.
  9. Shredded lettuce: Lettuce an add a nice, fresh, cooling element to the top of your enchiladas.
  10. Hot Sauce: Much like salsa, if you enjoy spicier foods, a favorite hot sauce could be a perfect pairing for your air fryer enchiladas.

What is the difference in rolled and stacked enchiladas?

The main difference between layered and rolled enchiladas is how they are assembled.

Layered enchiladas, also known as stacked enchiladas, are made by layering tortillas, filling, and sauce in a baking dish. The tortillas are usually torn or cut into pieces and placed in a single layer on the bottom of the dish. Then, a layer of filling, such as seasoned ground beef or shredded chicken, is added on top of the tortillas, followed by a layer of enchilada sauce. This process is repeated until all the ingredients are used up, and then the dish is baked until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly.

Rolled enchiladas, on the other hand, are made by rolling the filling inside the tortillas and placing them seam-side down in a baking dish. The tortillas are usually softened by dipping them in hot oil or enchilada sauce before filling and rolling. Once all the tortillas are rolled and placed in the dish, a layer of enchilada sauce is poured over the top, followed by cheese. The dish is then baked until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly.

In terms of flavor, layered and rolled enchiladas can be similar depending on the ingredients used. However, the texture and presentation of the two dishes can be quite different. Layered enchiladas tend to be more saucy and have a casserole-like texture, while rolled enchiladas are more compact and have a neater presentation.

Can these enchiladas be rolled instead of stacked?

Of course. I chose to use the stacked enchilada method for these enchiladas as I really appreciate how fast it makes the entire dish to assemble. If you prefer rolled enchiladas they can absolutely be substituted.

What to pair with air fryer enchiladas:

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  1. Mexican Rice: A side of Mexican-style rice with tomatoes, onions, and peppers can be a perfect complement to enchiladas. The rice will balance out the spiciness of the enchiladas and provide a starchy component to the meal.
  2. Refried or Black Beans: Enchiladas can be served with a side of refried or black beans, providing a good source of protein and fiber. You can also make a bean salad or a dip with beans and spices.
  3. Guacamole: Fresh guacamole can be a great addition to enchiladas, providing a creamy and cool contrast to the spiciness of the enchiladas.
  4. Salsa and Chips: A bowl of fresh salsa with tortilla chips can be a great appetizer or a side dish to complement the flavors of the enchiladas.
  5. Corn: Grilled corn on the cob or corn salad can be a great side dish to add some sweetness and texture to the meal.
  6. Salad: A fresh green salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions can add some crunch and balance out the richness of the enchiladas.
  7. Mexican Street Corn: This classic street food is grilled corn on the cob coated with a creamy sauce, cheese, and spices, and it can be a tasty addition to the meal.
air fryer enchiladas

Air Fryer Enchiladas

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican


  • pressure cooker
  • Air Fryer


For the sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 2.5 ounce jar hot chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups vegetable broth

For the enchiladas:

  • 1 can of pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups monterey jack cheese divided


For the sauce:

  • Heat the oil over medium. Add the onion and seasonings and cook until the onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and continue simmering until reduced by about 30%, remove from heat and set aside.

For the enchiladas:

  • Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the beans, onions and sour cream.
  • Add ¼ cup of the enchilada sauce to the prepared baking dish. Top with 4 of the corn tortillas. Add half of the bean mixture on top of the tortilla followed by ⅔ a cup of the cheese and ⅓ of the remaining enchilada sauce.
  • Repeat the layers once more. Top with the remaining 4 tortillas followed by the remaining enchilada sauce and cheese.
  • Heat the air fryer to 375 degrees. Cook for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly.
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