Air Fried Crab Taquitos

4 servings
20 min

Today, we’re making Air Fried Crab Taquitos!

I’m mashing up my two favorite styles of food today: Maryland style and Mexican style, to create a deliciously refreshing bite. We’re going to stuff some tortillas with a crabby mix reminiscent of MD style crab cakes, toast them up til crispy perfection in the air fryer, and top them with a fresh homemade guac and Old Bay crema.

You need a minute to wrap your head around all that goodness?? Go ahead, take all the time you need.

Ok, let’s talk crab first. Usually when you guys see crab around here, we’re using a creamy crab mix that’s basically a slightly altered version of my infamous crab dip. But if there’s one thing we know, “Crab cakes and football. That’s what Maryland does!” (

Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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For the Old Bay Crema
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • cold water, for thinning
For the Taquitos
  • 1 lb lump crab meat, picked through for shells
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 8 white corn tortillas
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
For the Guacamole
  • 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup corn, thawed if frozen
  • 1 roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 2 tbsp red onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • generous pinch of salt

Make the Old Bay Crema: To a mixing bowl, add sour cream, ½ tsp Old Bay, and garlic powder. Stir well to combine. If you'd like your crema to be a drizzling consistency, add a splash of cold water until you reach your desired consistency. Set aside in the fridge to chill.
Make the Tostadas: To a mixing bowl, add crab, mayonnaise, parsley, 2 tsp Old Bay, mustard, and worcestershire sauce. Mix gently until just combined. Set aside.
Heat a non stick skillet over medium high heat. Lightly brush both sides of each tortilla with grapeseed oil. One at a time, place a tortilla in the skillet. Allow to cook on one side until you start to see bubbles in the tortilla, about 10 seconds. Flip, and cook the other side another 10 seconds until the tortilla is pliable. Set aside on a plate, and repeat with remaining tortillas.
Spoon about 3-4 tbsp of crab mix along the center of one tortilla. Roll the tortilla tightly to create a cigar shape, and place seam side down on a plate. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees. Place taquitos in a single layer, seam side down, in the air fryer basket. Cook for 5 mins, flip, and cook an additional 5-6 mins until the taquitos are golden and crispy. Cook in batches, if necessary.
Meanwhile, make the guacamole: In a mixing bowl, mash avocado with a fork to your desired texture. Add corn, tomato, red onion, lemon juice, and salt, to taste. Stir to combine.
To serve, arrange taquitos on a platter. Top with Old Bay crema and guacamole. Serve immediately!
  • *If you don't have an air fryer, I definitely recommend getting one. The Ninja Foodi grill is what I have, and I love it! However, these taquitos can also be baked in the oven at 425 degrees for 12-15 mins.
  • *The Old Bay crema doesn't require water if you'd rather serve it on the side as a dip. Only add a tiny splash of water at a time until you reach the drizzling consistency you like. The amount of water you need will very between brands and based on the age of your sour cream.
  • *Definitely get fresh crab meat, if you can, as opposed to the stuff you buy in a can. The quality and taste is substantially different.
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