The Easiest Air Fryer Recipe for Kids: Pizza Roll Ups!

We love air fryer recipes for kids that they can even make themselves! Try these out for lunch; they’re ready in just minutes.

There was a time that I resisted the air fryer craze. I thought it would just be another gadget cluttering up my countertop.

After learning some quick and easy air fryer recipes, though, I knew this handy appliance had earned its spot on my counter.

And one of the many reasons to love it, I’ve discovered, is that it’s easy enough for my kids to use, with almost no supervision required.

Image of crispy air fryer pizza rolls made with tortillas, on a cutting board, with text overlay "Air fryer pizza roll ups"

Kid-Friendly Air Fryer Recipes

If you’re looking for ways to help your kids be more independent in the kitchen, this recipe is a great one to start them out with.

Most kids love just about anything involving cheese and tortillas, first of all.

Second – this recipe is hardly a recipe at all — more of a simple idea that you can easily tweak according to your preferences.

(Or, if you’re my eight-year-old, you make them the exact same, every.single.time. #FoodAversions.)

And as I’m sure you’ve discovered- you can make SO many foods in the air fryer – in half the time it would take in the oven, and without any grease you would have in a deep fryer.

These air fryer pizza roll ups come out crispy and perfect, and there’s no need to even preheat the air fryer.

Finished air fryer recipe for kids: pizza roll ups- 4 slices on a cutting board with marinara dipping sauce pictured to the side.

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Pizza Roll-ups: Our Favorite Air Fryer Recipe for Kids

We love the idea of pizza rolls, but I am not a big fan of prepackaged foods and snacks.

Even making them with pizza dough (I like to make my own) takes a little more prep time than I’m normally willing to spend on a weekday lunch.

Tortillas make this lunch favorite super easy! I keep plenty of extra tortillas in the freezer for recipes like this one.

Here’s how you can make a variety of pizza rolls, including my kids’ favorite version- pepperoni pizza.

Pepperoni Pizza rolls in the air fryer

Here’s how we assemble pizza roll ups in the air fryer:


  • Medium-sized 8-inch flour tortillas
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Pepperoni
  • Marinara sauce for dipping
A flour tortilla on a plate with a mozarella stick in the middle, alongside a handful of pepperoni in a cup and another cup of marinara sauce.

Pile on the toppings

Place the toppings around the top-center of the tortilla. Don’t over-fill it or your tortilla will split.

I use about 6 pepperoni per pizza roll. One mozzarella stick is all you need.

Then start rolling.

Step by step photos of placing toppings inside tortilla, then rolling from top to bottom.

That’s it! Repeat for however many rolls you need.

Pop it into the air fryer

Cook your pizza rolls in the air fryer at 370 degrees for about 10-11 minutes. We don’t bother with preheating the air fryer; it’s an unnecessary step!

We like to cook them just long enough for the cheese to melt, but you can always let them go longer if you like them extra-crunchy.

taco pizza rolls

You can literally add just about any filling you’d like to make your pizza rolls. Add some cheese, and it’s a winner. Here’s an idea for making Taco pizza rolls in the air fryer:


  • 8-inch flour tortillas
  • Seasoned ground beef (We use leftover from taco night. I simply add chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt & pepper to taste to my ground beef, along with a little water.)
  • Sliced grape tomatoes
  • Diced green onions
  • Cheddar cheese (buy in sticks, or cut them up from a block.)
  • Salsa or guacamole for dipping

Roll up the same as above, and air fry for 10-11 minutes at 370 degrees.

Hawaiian pizza rolls

My oldest daughter and I are huge fans of Hawaiian pizza. Here’s how we make our Hawaiian pizza rolls in the air fryer:


  • 8-inch flour tortillas
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Ham or Canadian bacon rounds
  • Pineapple tidbits
  • Roasted red peppers, sliced (optional)
  • Marinara sauce for dipping
Hawaiian air fryer pizza roll ingredients on plates and dishes against a wooden background.

More pizza roll-up ideas

You could also try these combinations:

  • Sausage, bell pepper, mozzarella
  • Shredded chicken, spinach, sun-dried tomato, mozzarella
  • Crumbled bacon, cheddar and sliced jalapeno, with ranch dipping sauce
  • Steak, onions and pepper strips with fajita seasoning and Monterey jack cheese

See the printable recipe card below for a quick-reference guide.

Easiest Air Fryer Recipe for Kids: Pizza Roll Ups!

Air fryer recipe for kids- pizza rolls-featured image
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes


  • 8-inch flour tortillas
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Pizza toppings of your choice (see notes below)


  1. Place 1 cheese stick and a handful of toppings near the top-center of the tortilla.
  2. Roll tortilla from the top-down
  3. Secure with 2 toothpicks through the pizza roll
  4. Air fry on 370 degrees for 10-11 minutes
  5. Remove toothpicks.
  6. Serve with marinara sauce or choice of dipping sauce-optional


Filling ideas:

  • Shredded chicken, spinach, sun-dried tomato, mozzarella
  • Seasoned taco meat, green onion, sliced grape tomatoes, cheddar cheese with salsa/guacamole for dip
  • Ham/Canadian bacon, pineapple, roasted red pepper, mozzarella
  • Sausage, bell pepper, mozzarella
  • Crumbled bacon, cheddar and sliced jalapeno, with ranch dipping sauce
  • Steak, onions and pepper strips with fajita seasoning and Monterey jack cheese
  • Air fryer recipes for kids: a learning tool

    Air fryer tortilla pizza roll ups make a quick lunch or snack, and it’s a great way to help kids become more independent in the kitchen. There’s hardly an easier way to cook than in the air fryer.

    You could pre-chop meats and veggies ahead of time, bento-box style for younger kids to assemble. This would be a great idea for weekly meal prep.

    Let the kids try out their own combinations of pizza rolls and see what they come up with!

    Picky eaters can especially benefit from taking charge at meal times (under your guidance, of course).

    >>Find more recipes kids can make here, from our friends at Kids Cook Real Food!

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    2 thoughts on “The Easiest Air Fryer Recipe for Kids: Pizza Roll Ups!”

    1. Followed instructions exactly and they were hard as a rock. Ended up cooking some in a pan instead. Definitely need to change cook temp/times.

      1. Sorry that was the outcome for you! It works great in our air fryer, so I’m not sure if there’s a difference in air fryers or if it could be the different types of tortillas? (Some are thicker than others). I would try reducing the cook time. Let us know if that works!

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