For the Filling:

  • 1 pound ground beef (or your choice of protein)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Salsa and guacamole for dipping (optional)
  • 8 small flour tortillas

For Assembly:

  • Cooking spray


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until it’s browned and crumbled. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet and cook for a few minutes until the onion is soft and translucent.
  3. Stir in the taco seasoning mix and water. Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
  4. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C).
  5. Place one tortilla on a clean work surface and spoon a generous portion of the beef mixture onto the center of the tortilla.
  6. Sprinkle a tablespoon or so of shredded cheddar cheese on top of the beef mixture.
  7. Fold the tortilla in half to create a half-moon shape, pressing the edges to seal it closed.
  8. Repeat the process with the remaining tortillas and filling.
  9. Lightly spray both sides of the taco pockets with cooking spray.
  10. Place the taco pockets in the preheated air fryer basket in a single layer. You may need to do this in batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
  11. Cook for about 5-6 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the pockets are golden brown and crispy.
  12. Remove the cooked taco pockets from the air fryer and let them cool for a minute or two.
  13. Serve the loaded cheesy pocket tacos with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, and any additional toppings you like. You can also serve them with salsa and guacamole for dipping.