Tender apple slices and sweet cinnamon wrapped in a flour tortilla, fried to crispy perfection in an air fryer and then drizzled with a delicious homemade caramel sauce. Perfect to serve warm on a cold winter day or cold on a hot summer day, either way, delicious!
Do you remember the fried apple pies that McDonald’s used to sell? They were the best, crispy, crunchy on the out the outside and bursting with warm apple goodness on the inside. They’ve since changed the recipe to a baked apple pie which doesn’t even come close to the deliciousness of the fried version.
These homemade apple flautas give the original McDonald’s fried apple pies a run for their money. They are filled with warm, cinnamon apples and they’re crispy like the original pies, but the flautas are cooked in an air fryer and not a vat of oil, which makes them a healthier version.
HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER APPLE FLAUTAS
Step 1: Preheat
Preheat the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 400°F.
Step 2: Combine the Dry Ingredients
In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Step 3: Preparing the Apple Filling
In a large bowl, toss the apples with lemon juice, then add the sugar mixture and toss to coat the apples.
Step 4: Assembling the Flautas
Warm the tortilla, to make it pliable, then place ½-3/4 cup of the apple filling in the center of tortilla. Fold like a burrito and seal using a little water brushed on the edge. *Use toothpicks if needed to hold it together. Lightly spray or brush the tortilla with oil.
Step 5: Cooking the Flautas
Place in air fryer, don’t overcrowd the basket, seam side down and cook at 400°F for 6-7 minutes, turning once after 4 minutes. Remove and let stand for 5 minutes and drizzle with caramel sauce before serving.
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HOW TO SERVE APPLE FLAUTAS
Apple Flautas can be served warm or cold, as an on the go snack or as a lunch box treat. My favorite way to serve them, is for dessert, drizzled with caramel sauce and with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
MEAL PLAN IDEA
Meal planning saves time and money, improves nutrition, makes cooking more manageable and gives you more control over what you put on the table. This is an example of a meal plan that includes apple flautas.
Entrée: Curried Pumpkin Soup
Side Dish #1: Side Salad
Side Dish #2: Southern Fried Buttermilk Biscuits
Drink: Spiced Indian Sun Tea
Dessert: Apple Flautas w/Caramel Sauce
STORAGE & REHEATING TIPS
◽ To retain freshness, let them cool completely and store in an air tight container or resealable plastic bag for 3-4 days.
◽ Apple flautas can be warmed in the microwave by heating in 15 second intervals until the desired temperature is reached.
◽ To heat and retain crispiness, preheat air fryer at 400° for 2 minutes. Place flautas in the basket, don’t overcrowd and cook for 2-3 minutes.
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Air Fryer Apple Flautas
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- nutmeg to taste
- 7 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored & sliced
- 1 lemon juice and zest
- 12 10-inch flour tortillas
- vegetable oil
- caramel sauce (optional)
- cinnamon sugar (optional)
- Preheat the air fryer for 2-3 minutes at 400°F.
- In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In a large bowl, toss the apples with lemon juice, then add the sugar mixture and toss to coat the apples.
- Warm the tortilla, to make it pliable, then place ½-3/4 cup of the apple filling in the center of tortilla. Fold like a burrito and seal using a little water brushed on the edge. *Use toothpicks if needed to hold it together. Lightly spray or brush the tortilla with oil.
- Place in air fryer, don’t overcrowd the basket, seam side down and cook at 400°F for 6-7 minutes, turning once after 4 minutes. Remove and let stand for 5 minutes and drizzle with caramel sauce before serving.
What is your favorite pie filling? We’d love to see how your flautas turned out. Snap a pic & tag it on Instagram with @FlusterBuster #appleflautas
COOKING TIPS & VARIATIONS
✔ Use homemade tortillas, they are more tender, they have more flavor, they’re easier to work with and they aren’t as hard to make as you might think.
✔ If you’re in a hurry use canned pie filling instead of homemade apple pie filling. It doesn’t taste as good, but it is quick.
✔ Change up the flavors by using different pie fillings.
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I will share this with my daughter who just got an air fryer. Found you on Grandma’s Briefs Blog Party.
These look so yummy and easy to make. I am going to make these tonight. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. You are one of this Sunday’s features.
Judith A. Graber says
I never had these at McDonald’s but I never went there very often. I keep seeing recipes using air fryers (besides the Insta-Pot) and wonder if I should buy them. I have collected so many appliances and gadgets for cooking that I keep saying “no more”. However… these sound so good and I love “anything apple”.
I absolutely love my Insta Pot and my air fryer and I do understand about having to many appliances/gadgets. I did recently see that the Ninja has made a pressure cooker that can also be used as an air fryer. https://amzn.to/2Dl6mWX
this sounds so yummy and yet a bit different I am going to have to try this so yummy
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How awesome these look! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!
Miz Helen says
Your Apple Pie Flautas look so good, I would just love to have one of those Air Fryers, maybe Santa will bring me one! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Yum, I have already pinned this yummy recipe. My hubby loves apple pie.
Ittefaq Salt says
These look super tasty and easy to make. thanks for sharing the recipe.
Jennifer Wise says
Oh, and this one, too!!! I have so far printed out 3 of your air fryer recipes. 😉 I am convinced I need to just go buy one. 🙂
I use my air fryer all of the time, I love it.
What a great idea, yummy!
Stacy L Roman says
These look delicious , I am going to try making them , thanks for sharing
They’re a fall favorite, in our house.
Donna @ Modern on Monticello says
Those looks so good! I’m sure they are delicious. Apple and blueberry would be at the top of my list for pie fillings. Thanks for sharing this week. #HomeMattersParty
Rosana Rodriguez says
Wow, it looks very delicate and delicious. I haven’t cooked like that yet, I will definitely try.
sara perdue says
I just made these, but used canned apples. I won’t cook them as long & as a high temperature that this calls for. But anything with cooked apples got my attention
There must be a difference in the equipment because mine always turns out perfect at 400°F for 2-3 minutes. They are the perfect golden brown and crispy.