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  • 1/3 pound beef 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin 
  • Pinch black pepper 
  • 3 medium-sized tortillas 
  • 1/2 cup Mexican blend cheese 
  • Cooking spray 


  • 1/2 zucchini, sliced into skinny matchsticks 
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil 
  • Juice of 1/2 lime 
  • Sprinkle of cumin 
  • Sprinkle of smoked paprika 
  • Salt and pepper, to taste 
  • Minced jalapeño, optional 
  • Tomatillo salsa, to serve 

To prepare taquitos: Preheat the air fryer on 350F for five minutes. Season the ground beef and mix well. Add raw beef filling to the edges of the tortilla. Add cheese, then roll the tortilla tightly. Secure the tortilla with toothpicks. Lightly spray the taquitos evenly with oil. Add the taquitos in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Air fry for about eight minutes until golden brown and crispy. Serve with tomatillo salsa and zucchini slaw. 

To prepare slaw: In a small bowl, combine zucchini with lime juice, olive oil, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper, and jalapeño. Taste and add any seasoning, if needed. Allow to marinade for 10 minutes before serving.