Low Calorie Air Fryer Pizza Roll-Ups are a delicious and healthier twist on the classic pizza or pizza rolls. These easy appetizers are made with reduced-fat ingredients and cooked in an air fryer, creating a crispy and flavorful snack that won't derail your healthy eating goals.
Pizza is a favorite food that's usually off limits on a lower calorie diet. The things we love, the fatty meats and gooey cheese, are packed with calories. BUT you can enjoy the pizza flavor with these easy homemade Air Fryer Pizza Roll Ups!
These low-calorie air fryer pizza roll-ups are a perfect way to enjoy all the satisfying flavors of traditional pizza rolls but with fewer calories and less guilt. They are perfect for an afternoon snack, appetizers at parties, game day gatherings or even as a fun addition to a balanced meal.
The best part? You can enjoy these crispy and flavorful treats without compromising your healthy eating habits.
They use only a few simple ingredients and are a great idea to enjoy pizza flavor without loads of calories! A fun twist on a taquito with gooey pizza goodness in an easy recipe.
What makes this skinny?
Corn tortillas. These are about ⅔ less calories than the same size flour tortillas. They are also naturally gluten-free if you are a gluten-free eater.
String cheese. Using lean mozzarella string cheese versus the usual higher fat cheese for pizza delivers the cheesy flavor without the calories. It's easier than shredded mozzarella cheese too.
Turkey pepperoni. Sliced turkey pepperoni has 70% less fat than regular pepperoni. On average turkey pepperoni is 70 calories per serving and regular pepperoni is 140 calories per serving.
Using the air fryer. This melts the cheese and gives a crisp outside without using a deep fryer.
Recipe Ingredient Notes
Medium corn tortillas. Choose corn tortillas that are around 5-inches in diameter and 50 calories. You'll need 8.
String Cheese. You'll need 4 string cheeses cut in half. We recommend starting with room temperature string cheese for a cheesier end result. Light string cheese is about 50 calories per cheese stick and regular is 80 calories per cheese. Either can be used; the regular cheese will be 'cheesier'.
Turkey Pepperoni slices. You'll need 32 slices which is less than 1 package.
Nonstick cooking spray or olive oil spray
Marinara sauce for dipping
How to make Air Fryer Pizza Roll Ups
Printable recipe card at end of post.
STEP 1. Preheat
Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees f.
STEP 2. Warm the tortillas
Place the tortillas between two damp paper towels and heat them in the microwave for 2 minutes (photo 1).
STEP 3. Assemble
Place four pieces of pepperoni in a row down the center of the tortilla (photo 2). Cut the cheese sticks in half lengthwise. Top tortilla with one half piece of string cheese (photo 3).
Fold once side of the tortilla over the cheese, then roll up the tortilla (photo 4). Repeat for all the tortillas.
STEP 4. Air Fry
Place each tortilla in the basket or tray of your air fryer in a single layer, seam side down leaving some room in between (photo 5). Work in batches, if needed, to keep from overcrowding the tray.
Spray with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil spray. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes cook time, until golden brown (photo 6).
STEP 5. Serve!
Like it spicy? Sprinkle some red pepper flakes inside before rolling up the pizza roll ups.
Add vegetables. You can also add thinly sliced cooked vegetables (the pizza roll ups won't cook long enough to cook vegetables). Think green pepper, onion or other favorite pizza toppings you'd add on top of the pizza sauce.
NOTE: for best results do not choose high moisture ingredients like tomatoes which will cause the corn tortillas to crack. If the vegetables are not very thinly sliced the roll ups won't roll tightly.
Don't skip warming the tortillas. If the corn tortillas are not warmed with damp heat they will crack when rolling them. Don't skip this important step!
Air fryer cooking. Every model and brand of air fryer cooks slightly differently. It's important to monitor during cooking in your air fryer and adjust the cooking time as needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Because this recipe uses lower calorie corn tortilla (versus flour tortilla) moisture can cause the tortillas to crack. So we've achieved the pizza flavor using the sauce as a dip instead!
How to Store
These pizza roll ups are best enjoyed right after making. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and re-crisped in the air fryer before eating.