Skip to Content

Air Fryer Enchiladas with Sour Cream Sauce

This quick and easy recipe for air fryer enchiladas is a great option for a busy weeknight. Just prepare the sauce, roll up the tortillas, and heat everything up in your air fryer to whip up this dinner in a matter of minutes.

Enchiladas are a popular dinner option for many families. And while they’re simple to make in the oven, did you know you can speed up the prep time of your enchilada dinner even more with the help of your air fryer? This quick and easy recipe for air fryer enchiladas is a great option for a busy weeknight. Just prepare the sauce, roll up the tortillas, and heat everything up in your air fryer to whip up this dinner in a matter of minutes. 

Air Fryer Cheese Enchilada with sour cream sauce on a plate.

*This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn a commission on qualifying purchases.

What Do I Need to Make Air Fryer Enchiladas?

Using your air fryer to prepare homemade enchiladas is a great way to whip up your favorite Mexican meal at home. On top of being easy to prepare, this quick recipe is made with just handful of simple ingredients, including:

Air Fryer enchilada ingredients.

Looking for more Mexican-inspired air fryer recipes? Give these reader favorites a try!

Air Fryer Empanadas | Air Fryer Street Corn | Air Fryer Fajitas with Steak 

How Do I Make Air Fryer Enchiladas?

There’s no reason to turn on your oven to make enchiladas at home when you have an air fryer! Just prepare this quick dinner in the handy appliance to speed up the cook time. To make enchiladas in your air fryer, follow these four simple steps:

Step One: Prepare the Sauce

To make the sauce for your cheese enchiladas, start by heating the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk until the mixture begins to foam and brown. Then, add the chicken broth and stir to combine. Bring the broth to a boil, stirring frequently to prevent the sauce from burning and sticking. After that, add the sour cream to the pan and whisk until it’s melted. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool and thicken before stirring in the green chiles, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Steps for making sour cream sauce.

Step Two: Roll the Enchiladas

Place the corn tortillas in the microwave for at least one minutes to soften then, then add about a 1/4 cup of cheese to the center of each tortilla. Roll the tortilla up tightly around the cheese.

Cheese in the center of a corn tortilla.

Step Three: Prepare the Pan

In a small pan that fits inside your air fryer basket, pour half the sour cream sauce to coat the bottom of the pan. Layer the rolled-up tortillas with the seam side down over the top of the sauce layer until the pan is full. Top the enchiladas with the remaining sauce and sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

Step Four: Air Fry the Enchiladas

Place the pan in the basket of your air fryer and cook the meal at 350 degrees for around six minutes, until the cheese on top is melted and golden brown. Garnish the enchiladas with sour cream, green onions, and chopped cilantro before serving.

Cooked enchiladas with cheese on top in air fryer.

Air Fryer Enchilada Recipe Ideas

You won’t believe how easy it is to make your enchiladas in your air fryer. And with these easy recipe ideas, you’ll be able to whip up a delicious meal for your family with just a few minutes of prep work.

  • Add some chicken. To make chicken enchiladas in your air fryer, simply add some cooked, shredded chicken to the middle of corn tortilla before rolling it up. After that, follow the recipe as written and cook the enchiladas in the air fryer.
  • Make beef enchiladas. You can also use this recipe to make beef enchiladas in your air fryer. Before preparing the tortillas and sauce, brown some ground beef in a large skillet. Season the ground beef with taco seasoning, then add a small amount of cooked beef to the center of the tortillas along with the cheese. Roll up the tortillas and top them with sauce before cooking them in the air fryer.
  • Make it vegetarian. Turn this easy dinner into a vegetarian meal by replacing the chicken stock in the sauce with vegetable stock. You can also add some thinly sliced veggies, like bell peppers or zucchini, to the inside of the enchiladas for an even more filling vegetarian meal.

Overhead photo of cheese enchiladas with sour cream and cilantro sprinkled on top.

How Do You Keep Corn Tortillas from Tearing?

Corn tortillas are a great way to add flavor and texture to your enchiladas. But rolling up those thick tortillas with ripping them isn’t always easy. Use these tips for preparing your tortillas for rolling into enchiladas.

  • Warm up the tortillas. The best way to keep your tortillas from tearing is to make sure they’re properly warmed up. Start by placing a damp paper towel under and on top of the stack of tortillas. Then, heat the tortillas for at least one minute in the microwave.
  • Keep them warm while rolling. Make sure to keep the warm paper towel on top of your tortillas as you work to help trap the steam around the tortillas. This will keep them warm and moist while you add your filling.
  • Work quickly. To help prevent your tortillas from cooling or drying out while you add your filling, it’s important to fill the enchiladas as quickly as possible. The faster you work, the less time the tortillas will have to cool and harden.
  • Reheat if necessary. If your tortillas start ripping as you’re adding the filling, just cover them back up with the damp paper towel and reheat them in the microwave. Keep reheating the tortillas, as needed, until all the filling has been added.

How Do You Store Cheese Enchiladas?

If you have any leftovers of this quick dinner, you can store them in the refrigerator. Cover the dish you cooked your enchiladas in or transfer the leftovers to an airtight container. After that, you can store them in the fridge for up to three days. The leftovers can be reheated in the air fryer or in the microwave.

Cheese enchilada with clangor sprinkled on top and dollop of sour cream with a lime wedge on the side on a white plate.

Air Fryer Enchiladas with Sour Cream Sauce

This quick and easy recipe for air fryer enchiladas is a great option for a busy weeknight. Just prepare the sauce, roll up the tortillas, and heat everything up in your air fryer to whip up this dinner in a matter of minutes.
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer, Mexican
Keyword: Air Fryer Enchiladas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 15 enchiladas
Calories: 344kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Whisk the flour into the pan with melted butter and cook for 3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Add the broth to the pan and bring to a boil stirring frequently.
  • Once boiling, add the sour cream and whisk until melted. Allow the cream sauce to thicken.
  • Add the chilies and spices into the thickened sour cream sauce.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Microwave the tortillas for 20 to 30 seconds to soften them.
  • In a pan that fits your air fryer basket, pour enough of the sour cream sauce to coat the bottom of the pan.
  • Add a tablespoon of cheese to each tortilla and carefully roll them up.
  • Place the rolled tortillas in the pan with sour cream sauce.
  • Coat the top of the tortillas with more sour cream sauce and sprinkle cheese all over the top.
  • Cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown.
  • Garnish with sour cream, green onions, and cilantro.

Nutrition

Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 641IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 494mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating




Janet

Monday 5th of September 2022

This is the best was really easy the only thing I changed was did it for 9m I n ans added cooked chicken