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Air Fryer Mexi-Fries

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 4 people


  • 1 bag of tater tots
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • seasoning salt
  • vegetable oil
  • cherry tomatoes chopped
  • store bought Queso usually found in the chip isle at your local grocer
  • shredded romain or iceberg lettuce
  • pickled peppers optional of course
  • sour cream


  • First I like to cook my ground beef. I am not great at having thawed meat in the fridge. My favourite way to cook frozen ground beef is in the instant pot. I put in 1 lb of frozen ground beef, and a cup of water. I cook mine for 30 min and usually let it naturally release the air unless I am in a time crunch.
  • Once your ground beef is cooked, blend it in a blender with 1 tbsp of your favourite taco seasoning. When your ground beef has about 10-15 min left in the pressure cooker, you can start your tater tots in the air fryer.
  • I like to toss my tots with vegetable oil and sprinkle literally with seasoning salt. Cook them in the air fryer in two batches so they are not crowded and crisp up nicely, for 12 min at 390 degrees. No need to preheat the air fryer.
  • Alternatively you could bake these per the tater tot instructions on the bake of the bag or deep fry them in oil until golden brown.
  • Once your beef and tater tots are cooked all you need to do is assemble! I usually set all the toppings out for every family member to decide what they like one their mexi-fries.
    Our girls tend to stick with tots, ground beef, ketchup and lettuce ... 
    Jade and I like to top ours with store bought queso, chopped cherry tomatoes, sour cream and lettuce. I like a little extra spice so I also eat mine with pickled peppers on the side.
    And thats it! We made these the other night and everyone went nuts for them! They tasted just like fast food Taco Time Mexi-Fries but maybe even a little better ;)