These delicious air fryer taco stuffed potatoes are worth a try for your next Taco Tuesday festivities. These air fryer stuffed baked potatoes are unique, easy to make, and literally packed full of flavor.
These stuffed potatoes are a delicious game day snack or perfect side dish for your barbecue. This recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for even the pickiest of eaters in your life. Baked potatoes are a staple dish, perfect on any occasion. I love to top these stuffed potatoes with cheddar cheese, guacamole salsa, extra beans, and sour cream. If you are making these for a barbecue, pile on some pulled pork or brisket for some added fun and flair!
Why you will love this recipe
A combination of two of my favorite foods that you can be whip up in under forty minutes? Sold. I love this recipe for so many reasons, but to name a few:
- Super easy and fun to make
- More filling than standard taco tortillas
- Crispy exterior but light and fluffy inside
- Packed with protein and hearty ingredients
This recipe for air fryer taco stuffed baked potatoes calls for a few ingredients that you can easily find at your local supermarket. Feel free to mix and match your toppings based on personal preference but below are some tasty recommendations.
For the air fryer baked potatoes
- Medium Russet potatoes
- Olive oil
For the taco meat
- Lean ground beef
- Taco seasoning
- Refried beans
- Cheddar cheese
- Sour cream
- Salsa or pico de gallo
- Pinto beans or refried beans
- Green onions
How to make air fryer taco stuffed potatoes
These stuffed potatoes are straightforward to make. The air fryer does most of the work, and the delicious taco filling is super quick to whip up.
Step 1: scrub and wash
Scrub the potatoes and wash them well. Use a knife or a fork to poke small holes all over the potatoes. Sprinkle some olive oil and salt on the skins of the potatoes.
Step 2: place in air fryer
Arrange the potatoes in the air fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 400°F and bake for 30 minutes or until tender. Check if they are done by piercing the potatoes with a fork.
Step 3: check on them
After 15 minutes, check on the potatoes and make sure they are not getting too brown on top. Flip them and continue cooking. Extra-large potatoes may need an extra 10 to 20 minutes. When the potatoes are fork-tender, remove them from the air fryer and set them to the side.
Step 4: cook the beef
Heat an oiled, large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until it is no longer pink. As it cooks, break up the meat, so it doesn’t cook into large clumps. Once it is no longer pink, drain the fat. Add the onions to the skillet and cook until they are translucent and soft.
Step 5: finish the taco stuffing
Stir in the taco seasoning and water and continue to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until it has thickened. Add the refried beans and stir until they are well incorporated with the beef.
Step 6: stuff the air fryer baked potatoes with taco filling
Cut a slit into the potatoes lengthwise. Grab the potatoes from either end and pinch them together so that they open up. Spoon a large portion of the taco filling into each potato. Top them with cheese, sour cream, guacamole, or any other toppings of choice.
Tips for success
- Spice things up! If you are looking for some added heat in this dish, incorporate some sliced jalapenos and add them as a topping to your ground beef or guacamole. You can also pile on a spicy salsa to provide some extra heat.
- If you prefer your potatoes to be extra full of taco meat stuffing, scoop out some of the potato and pack in extra meat!
- If possible, try to prepare the taco meat while the potatoes are in the air fryer to ensure all of the ingredients will be hot and ready to serve. I also like to toss these back in for an extra minute once the toppings are added so that the cheese can melt a bit.
What can I stuff potatoes with?
Air fryer baked potatoes are extremely versatile. They can be served alone as a side dish or stuffed with delicious goodies as a complete meal. I used taco meat for this recipe since it is a staple dish in my home but feel free to get creative with your toppings. Additional vegetables, leafy greens, cheese, or other meat can be stuffed into potatoes for a filling dish.
What can I use instead of Russet potatoes?
Russet potatoes have a mild, earthy flavor and are the most common potato for baking. They have a brown outer layer with a fluffy white interior that are perfect for making French fries or baked potatoes! You can use sweet potatoes as an alternative. Sweet potatoes have orange flesh and have sweeter notes which pair perfectly with the savory taco filling. Check out our air fryer baked sweet potato recipe to learn more.
You can also make these air fryer taco stuffed baked potatoes using Yukon Gold potatoes. They have a slightly sweet, moist flesh and are a perfect substitute in this recipe.
What is the best way to store this dish?
You can store these stuffed potatoes in the refrigerator for up to five days, and up to three months in the freezer. Be sure not to include any toppings when storing the potatoes. You can easily reheat them using the air fryer. If they are frozen, heat them in the air fryer at 360°F for 15 minutes and then 400°F for 5 minutes. If they have been thawed, heat them in the air fryer at 360°F for 5 minutes and then 400°F for 5 minutes.
What else is cooking?
Speaking of Taco Tuesday, these air fryer tilapia fish tacos are a unique variation to the typical taco. The tilapia has a delicious crust and gives the tacos a great crunch with every bite!
These cowboy baked beans would be a great topping for the air fryer taco stuffed baked potatoes! There are 6 different types of beans all baked in a delicious BBQ sauce and topped with bacon. It is also one of my favorite sides for an outdoor barbecue with family and friends.
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For the air fryer baked potatoes
- 4 to 6 medium Russet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
For the taco meat
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 can (15 ounce) refried beans
- cheddar cheese, shredded
- sour cream
- salsa or pico de gallo
- sliced olives
- pinto beans or refried beans
- sliced green onions
For the air fryer baked potatoes
- Scrub the potatoes and prick holes in the skin with a fork or knife. Coat them with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt.
- Arrange them in the air fryer and set the temperature to 400°F. Bake for 30 minutes or until tender.
- Check the potatoes after 15 to 20 minutes. If they start to get too brown on top, flip them over. Cook larger potatoes for an additional 10 to 20 minutes.
- When they are tender, remove them from the air fryer and set aside.
Make the taco filling:
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the ground beef until it is no longer pink. Stir to break the beef up as it cooks. Drain the fat. Add the onion and cook until it is soft.
- Stir in the taco seasoning and water. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until thickened. Stir in the refried beans and cook until heated through.
- Cut a slit lengthwise in the potatoes. Pinch and push the ends in to spread them open.
- Spoon a large portion of the meat mixture into each potato. Top with cheese, sour cream, guacamole, or any other toppings of choice.
- Prepare the taco meat while the potatoes are cooking in the air fryer so that everything is hot while assembling your stuffed potatoes.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 658mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 28g
Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.