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Air fryer potatoes With Taco Drizzle

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Crispy, savory and perfect for a large crowd! These crispy air fryer potatoes are one of our favorite air fryer recipes. These small potatoes make an easy side dish with dinner tonight or a game day appetizer with friends!

top view of potatoes cut in half iwth a drizzle and chives

Our all-time most popular recipe on this blog is our Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings so I know you all love good game day recipes! These small potatoes are the perfect complement to the wings because we are going to drizzle them with a creamy taco sauce to make them even more amazing! Serve them with our Wings and Pizza Pockets, Air Fryer sweet potatoes or even Air Fryer Beef Jerky for a full appetizer spread! A new trend are these cucumber chips!

Why Use An Air Fryer?

Air fryers have exploded in popularity for many reasons. The biggest benefit is that you can make crispy roasted potatoes, french fries and vegetables with less oil and it doesn’t heat up your whole kitchen on hot nights.

Air frying really shines when making potatoes crispy and fork tender! I have found that it is very similar to using a convection oven but it is much more compact and cooks slightly faster since the heating element is closer to the food.

This is my first air fryer post so let me know in the comments if you want more air fryer recipes and I’ll get on it!

Why Do You Soak Potatoes In Water Before Air Frying?

Soaking your potatoes ahead of time isn’t required, but it will help you achieve that crispy potato texture that we are going for. To make crispy french fries, restaurants will soak their potatoes for hours before cooking them.

Soaking the potatoes in cold water will draw out the starches and help the potatoes get crispy in the air fryer. I recommend soaking them for at least 30 minutes, but the longer the better. You could even soak it overnight.

Ingredients You Need For Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes

  • Mini Potatoes – I have found that mini red potatoes hold their shape better. Yukon gold potatoes are a little softer but will still work and russet potatoes (the big ones usually used for baked potatoes) cut into smaller pieces will work too. A pack of baby potatoes is an option too. Sweet potatoes would be amazing too!
  • Sour Cream – Kite Hill dairy free sour cream is my favorite since we are a dairy free family, but you can use regular sour cream too.
  • Taco Seasoning – Homemade taco seasoning is great, but the premade stuff works well too!
  • Sliced Green Onions – This will add a little something extra do to the dish. Garnishes always mean you care! 🙂
  • Crumbled Feta – Trader Joe’s has a delicious vegan feta that I like to use. Feel free to use regular feta, crumbled goat cheese, Gorgonzola or Parmesan cheese for even more flavor.
  • Olive Oil – We need a little olive oil to help the salt stick and to make them crispy.
  • Salt and Pepper – To taste
  • Garlic Powder – This is completely optional but it pairs well here too! It should be added with the salt and pepper.
top view of potatoes, chives, seasonings

Step by step Air Fryer Potatoes

top view of a square air fryer pan with red potatoes cut in half
Cut potatoes in half and evenly drizzle with olive oil. Place potatoes in the air fryer basket and into an air fryer set to 400 degrees. Air fry for 15 minutes.

Top view of square air fryer pan with roasted potatoes in it
Once crispy, sprinkle with salt and pepper and place on a platter. Crumble the goat cheese and drizzle with the taco seasoning.

Tips and Tricks for Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes

1) Soak the Potatoes – In case you skipped over the prior sections (I don’t blame you!) I wanted to make sure you saw this tip. Soak the potatoes in water for a minimum of 30 minutes before cooking to draw out the starches and make a crispier potato. It’s not required but highly recommended if you want a perfectly cooked potato! Be sure to pat dry the potatoes before putting them in the air fryer.

2) Scrub Potatoes – Scrub your potatoes with the back of your dish sponge or another rough surface. Especially Russet potatoes. No one wants to eat dirt!

3) Preheat Air Fryer – Preheat the air fryer before cooking the potatoes. The air fryer takes time to heat up so we want it to be nice and hot when we add the potatoes.

4) Don’t Overcrowd the Air Fryer Basket– To work properly, the air needs to circulate around the potatoes. If you want crispy potatoes (who doesn’t) make sure there is space around the potatoes.

5) Get Creative! Here are some other ideas to try:

  • Cut the potatoes in to wedges to make potato wedges instead. Or cut them even thinner and have french fries!
  • Make air fryer baked potatoes and top them with the same toppings. Each person would get a whole potato
  • Use Sweet Potatoes!
  • Before air frying, toss potatoes with avocado oil and Italian seasoning to coat evenly. The oil will help the seasonings stick.
  • Sprinkle Garlic powder on the potatoes, or mix it into the taco seasoning drizzle

top view of golden potatoes with a taco drizzle and green onions

Frequently Asked Questions About Air Fryer Potatoes

Do you have to preheat an air fryer?

Yes, similar to other appliances, it takes some time for the air fryer to heat up. We want to be sure that the air fryer is at the correct temperature before we add food.

Why do you soak potatoes in water before air frying/?

Soaking potatoes in water draws out the startches and helps the potatoes get crispy in the air fryer. This step is optional, but if you have the time, it is worth soaking them!

What is the basket in my air fryer?

Your air fryer most likely came with an air fryer basket. This basket holds the food and the holds in the bottom allow the heat to fully circulate around the food and help to make it crispy.

Is an air fryer a convection oven

When I first started researching air fryers, it sounded very similar to a convection oven (which I already have). It turns out both appliances make food crispy and speed up cooking times by using a fan to circulate the air around the food. Convection ovens are much larger so they can hold a lot more food. Air fryers are small, so the capacity is limited. However, because of its size, the air fryer may cook slightly faster. They are both very similar and it all depends on what your needs are.

More Game Day Recipes You Might Enjoy:

top view of potatoes cut in half with a drizzle and chives

Air fryer potatoes With Taco Drizzle

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Crispy, crunchy with just a kick of spice! These delicious air fryer potatoes are perfect for a quiet night at home or large crowds!


  • 2 Cups Mini Red Potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream - Dairy Free
  • 1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning
  • Green Onions, Sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons Feta Crumbles, Dairy Free
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Preheat Air Fryer to 400 Degrees
  2. Slice the potatoes in half and place in a large bowl
  3. Drizzle the potatoes with oil and toss until evenly coated
  4. Place the potatoes in the air fryer basket and air fry for 15 minutes or until crispy
  5. Pour out the potatoes onto a serving platter and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  6. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream and taco seasoning
  7. Drizzle the sour cream mixture over the potatoes
  8. Crumble the feta over the potatoes and sprinkle with the green onions
  9. Serve warm and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 311mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

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By on December 16th, 2021

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!


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