I don’t know a single person in my circle who doesn’t love themselves a good hot plate of enchiladas. What many people don’t know is that they don’t have to cook enchiladas in a traditional oven. You can also cook it in an air fryer.
But you must be asking yourself, what’s the difference? What will I get out of making my enchiladas in an air fryer and how do I do it?
In this article, we’re going to explain everything you need to know about making enchiladas in an air fryer.
Can you make enchiladas in an air fryer?
Yes, you can make enchiladas in an air fryer! Air frying is a great way to cook enchiladas because the air fryer works quickly at high temperatures. This means your enchiladas will be cooked through and crispy in no time.
The enchiladas are made the same way, with a swap of chicken for beef.
Enchiladas can be cooked in an air fryer by setting the temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and cooking for 12 minutes. Make sure to preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit before adding the enchiladas.
How do you make enchiladas in an air fryer?
Follow these simple steps to create some of the most delicious enchiladas in an air fryer:
Step 1: Put some cumin and chili powder in a pan with some vegetable oil. Turn the flame to high and heat this combination until it is extremely hot. A good indication that it is hot enough is when you place your wooden spoon underneath the mixture and bubbles begin to form.
Step 2: Now place each corn tortilla in the hot oil for no more than a couple of seconds on each side. Lay the tortillas on a platter and put equal amounts of chicken, Mexican cheese, and diced onion on each one.
Step 3: This step involves the rolling or folding of the tortillas to form the enchilada.
Step 4: Using foil, form a bowl-shape and place it inside your air fryer basket. Spray it with some cooking spray.
Step 5: Preheat the temperature of the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about three minutes.
Step 6: Pour some red or green enchilada sauce (your preference) into the bottom of the foil bowl. Set the pre-made enchiladas on top of the sauce.
Step 7: Spread the rest of the enchilada sauce over the top of the enchiladas. Generously put some Mexican cheese over it all.
Step 8: Put the chicken in the preheated air fryer and bake for at least 5 minutes. You want the cheese to be completely melted.
Step 9: Remove the enchiladas in the foil bowl from the air fryer basket.
Step 10: Put the quinoa on a plate, and top it off with some diced tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Enjoy!!
How to make enchiladas crispy in an air fryer
To make enchiladas crispy in the air fryer, you first cook each corn tortilla for about 10 seconds on each side in hot oil. Leave them in the oil until the edges become crispy but are still pliable enough to roll later. Doing this ensures the tortilla doesn’t become soggy by soaking up the excess sauce; it creates a barrier between the tortilla and the sauce. The hot grease also gives the tortilla additional flavor.
What temperature should you cook enchiladas in an air fryer?
For best results, enchiladas should be cooked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit in the air fryer for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.
How long does it take to cook enchiladas in an air fryer?
Since the enchilada is already fully cooked, you only need to cook the assembled enchiladas until the cheese is melted. Usually, about 5 minutes in the air fryer will be sufficient.
What are the benefits of cooking enchiladas in an air fryer?
Enchiladas in an air fryer are easy to make.
All you need is a few yellow corn tortillas (yellow), chicken or beef, diced onions, shredded cheese, and a can of enchilada sauce. The kind of cheese used to make your enchiladas is important, as is the type of tortilla and what goes into the sauce. These ingredients are what affect the nutritional values of your completed enchiladas, such as sodium, fat, and cholesterol. In order to make enchiladas that fit into a balanced, healthy diet, ensure not to use extra-large portions. Also, purchase ingredients that are lower in sodium and fat content.
Enchiladas in an air fryer are crispy and delicious.
You can make enchiladas in the air fryer taste just as delicious and crispy as in the oven. A typical enchilada serving has approximately 510 calories. Of these calories, 43 percent are fat calories.
Enchiladas cook faster in an air fryer.
When you cook enchiladas in an air fryer, it takes only 5 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Making enchiladas in an air fryer is faster.
Enchiladas cook evenly in an air fryer.
Because an air fryer has an even temperature, it ensures your enchiladas will also cook more evenly than in a conventional oven.
Can you reheat enchiladas in an air fryer?
Yes. Enchiladas can be reheated in your air fryer by following these simple steps:
- Preheat to a warm 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line the inside of the air fryer basket with some waxed or parchment paper. This is important if your enchiladas are especially saucy.
- Now allow the enchiladas to heat for about three or four minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
Can you cook frozen enchiladas in an air fryer?
Chicken enchiladas come in a variety of styles from homemade to restaurant, to frozen and refrigerated. You can cook enchiladas when they are still frozen in an air fryer. First, place the frozen enchiladas on a baking pan made for an air fryer. If this item is unavailable, simply construct one with a couple of layers of aluminum foil. Place your baking dish with the frozen enchiladas into the air fryer to avoid allowing them to thaw. Set the thermostat to 390 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for about 18 minutes.
Should you cover your enchiladas in an air fryer?
It is best if you cover your enchiladas with some aluminum foil to ensure they are heated thoroughly. Although recipes and baking times are variable according to the recipe, the typical oven temperature is 25 minutes at 350 Fahrenheit. After the enchiladas are completely heated through, sprinkle some Mexican cheese over the top.
Why are my air-fried enchiladas so soggy?
When enchiladas are allowed to soak up too much sauce, it makes them soggy. The way to prevent this is to fry the tortillas briefly in some oil to make them crispy. Frying in oil creates a barrier between the tortilla and the sauce, preventing it from soaking in and getting soggy.
Tips on making the enchiladas in an air fryer
Below are some tips for making enchiladas in an air fryer:
- To keep the tortillas from getting soggy or tearing, fry the tortillas for approximately 10 seconds on each side. Doing this forms a barrier and keeps the tortillas from soaking up a lot of sauce.
- repairing enchiladas that have become soggy. You can do this by placing them for 30 seconds in a microwave. This is sufficient time to get the tortillas softened and warmed.
- Preparing the tortillas. Using strong yellow corn tortillas works better than white corn tortillas, which are more delicate. Never substitute flour for corn tortillas, the taste; it just isn’t right. You must soften corn tortillas prior to rolling and baking them in a casserole.
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