There are tacos and then there are tacos. If you think of tacos as just a quick week-night dinner, not something to get excited about, then you've never really had a taco. Forgetable tacos are ususually the kind that come out of a box, with a packet for seasoning and not much else. While there's definitely a time and a place for this type of taco, they don't do the taco any justice.

Real tacos are made with corn or flour tortillas (homemade being preferable) filled with the most amazing ingredients -- such as fried avocados, chipotle-rubbed salmon or duck confit -- and topped with complementary accents like spicy salsas and fresh herbs. If you're not convinced yet, make one of the recipes below and you'll see what we're talking about.

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  • Smokey Roasted Chicken Tacos With Spicy Goat Cheese Queso

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/03/smokey-roasted-chicken-tacos-with-spicy-goat-cheese-queso/" target="_blank">Smokey Roasted Chicken Tacos with Spicy Goat Cheese Queso recipe</a> by How Sweet It Is</strong>

  • Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-shredded-beef-tacos/" target="_blank">Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos recipe</a> by Gimme Some Oven</strong>

  • Shrimp Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/19165-shrimp-tacos" target="_blank">Shrimp Tacos recipe</a> by cristinasciarra via Food52</strong>

  • Fried Avocado Tacos With Sesame And Lime

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/17974-fried-avocado-tacos-with-sesame-and-lime" target="_blank">Fried Avocado Tacos with Sesame and Lime recipe</a> by arielleclementine via Food52</strong>

  • Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chipotle-rubbed-salmon-ta_n_1058311.html" target="_hplink">Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Thai Chicken Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/thai-chicken-tacos/" target="_blank">Thai Chicken Tacos recipe</a> by Gimme Some Oven</strong>

  • Smoky Sweet Potato And Black Bean Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/12/embarrassingly-easy-smoky-sweet-potato-and-black-bean-tacos/" target="_blank">Smoky Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos recipe</a> by How Sweet It Is</strong>

  • Fry Bread Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/6161-fry-bread-tacos" target="_blank">Fry Bread Tacos recipe</a> by Globetrotter via Food52</strong>

  • Crunchy Tofu Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/crunchy-tofu-tacos_n_1058364.html" target="_hplink">Crunchy Tofu Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/crispy-slow-cooker-carnitas/" target="_blank">Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas recipe</a> by Gimme Some Oven</strong>

  • Beer-Battered Fish Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/20070-beer-battered-fish-tacos-with-cilantro-crema" target="_blank">Beer Battered Fish Tacos recipe</a> by Kitchenette via Food52</strong>

  • Duck Confit Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/duck-confit-tacos_n_1060870.html" target="_hplink">Duck Confit Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Scrambled Egg Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/20998-scrambled-egg-tacos" target="_blank">Scrambled Egg Tacos recipe</a> by Brooklyn Salt via Food52</strong>

  • Chile-Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chile-spiced-skirt-steak-_n_1058306.html" target="_hplink">Chile-Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Beef Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/tacos-bistec-beef-tacos_n_1057325.html" target="_hplink">Beef Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/beer-braised-turkey-tacos_n_1058230.html" target="_hplink">Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos recipe</a></strong> Turkey thighs and legs are packed with flavor, which makes them ideal for braising and shredding for tacos. You get all the rich flavor of braised meat but with a lot less fat.

  • Chipotle And Orange Pork Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/3860-chipotle-and-orange-pork-tacos" target="_blank">Chipotle and Orange Pork Tacos recipe</a> by Dax Phillips via Food52</strong>

  • Breakfast Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2011/10/17/breakfast-tacos/" target="_blank">Breakfast Tacos recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Grilled Fish Tacos With Pico De Gallo

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-fish-tacos-with-p_n_1057732.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Fish Tacos with Pico de Gallo recipe</a></strong> Fish tacos are popular in Baja California, and no wonder why, they're light and refreshing. Grill firm, white-fleshed fish, like mahi mahi, swordfish, or halibut for these fish tacos.

  • Grilled Chicken Tacos

    <strong>Get the Recipe for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-chicken-tacos_n_1058438.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Chicken Tacos</a></strong> This recipe starts with marinating chicken thighs in a tomato puree. After grilling, cut the thighs into strips and serve in warmed tortillas with the toppings of your choice.

  • Beer-Battered Fish Tacos With Tomato And Avocado Salsa

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/beer-battered-fish-tacos-_n_1061638.html" target="_hplink">Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with Tomato and Avocado Salsa recipe</a></strong> Beer is the secret ingredient in these battered and fried fish tacos. Tilapia is a good choice because it's inexpensive and holds together well when fried.

  • Grilled Steak Tacos With Avocado Salsa

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-steak-tacos-with-_n_1058467.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Steak Tacos with Avocado Salsa recipe</a></strong> Steak is a cornerstone of summer grilling. Why not try it in a taco? Simply slice it thin. This recipe also includes grilled chorizo, grilled cheese and avocado salsa.

  • Sauteed Sausage And Pineapple Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sauteed-sausage-and-pinea_n_1060918.html" target="_hplink">Sauteed Sausage and Pineapple Tacos recipe</a></strong> Crumbled sausage and pineapple, sauteed in a skillet, make a meaty and tangy filling for tacos. Use your favorite sausage and fresh or canned pineapple.

  • Fish Tacos With Creamy Lime Guacamole And Cabbage Slaw

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/fish-tacos-with-creamy-li_n_1058389.html" target="_hplink">Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw recipe</a></strong> These tacos feature tender red snapper fillets that are grilled instead of fried for a healthier take on the classic California taco. Leave the skin on to make grilling easier. Serve with guacamole and cabbage slaw.

  • Soft Tacos With Pork, Cabbage Slaw And Avocado Mash

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/soft-tacos-with-pork-cab_n_1056910.html" target="_hplink">Soft Tacos with Pork, Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Mash recipe</a></strong> Pork tenderloin is a great choice for a taco filling -- grilled just right it's tender and moist. Serve with mashed avocado and shredded cabbage.

  • Chipotle Pork Tacos With Grilled Tomato Salsa and Lime

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chipotle-pork-tacos-with-_n_1059847.html" target="_hplink">Chipotle Pork Tacos with Grilled Tomato Salsa and Lime recipe</a></strong>

  • Shredded Chicken And Onion Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/shredded-chicken-and-onio_n_1060917.html" target="_hplink">Shredded Chicken and Onion Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • White Fish Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.annies-eats.com/2010/08/10/white-fish-tacos/" target="_blank">White Fish Tacos recipe</a> by Annie's Eats</strong>

  • Grilled Coconut Lime Tilapia Tacos With Kiwi Salsa

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/02/grilled-coconut-lime-tilapia-tacos-with-kiwi-salsa/" target="_blank">Grilled Coconut Lime Tilapia Tacos with Kiwi Salsa recipe</a> by How Sweet It Is</strong>

  • Barbacoa Beef Cheek Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/15/barbacoa-beef-cheek-tacos_n_1151655.html" target="_hplink">Barbacoa Beef Cheek Tacos recipe</a></strong>

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