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. Forgettable tacos are usually 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 -- think 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.

With Cinco de Mayo coming up, now is the perfect time to eat ALL the tacos. Here are 50 great taco recipes to get you started:

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  • Cochinita Pibil

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Cochinita Pibil recipe</a> by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Chilaquiles-Style Roasted Chicken Legs

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chilaquiles-Style Roasted Chicken Legs recipe</a></strong>

  • Fish Tacos With Creamy Lime Guacamole And Cabbage Slaw

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Guacamole and Cabbage Slaw recipe</a></strong>

  • Midnight Tortas

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Midnight Tortas recipe</a></strong>

  • Beer-Battered Fish Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Beer Battered Fish Tacos recipe</a> by Kitchenette via Food52</strong>

  • Shrimp-Stuffed Peppers

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Shrimp-Stuffed Peppers</a> recipe</strong>

  • Mexican Street Fair Corn

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Mexican Street Fair Corn recipe</a> by thirschfeld via Food52</strong>

  • Fried Avocado Tacos With Sesame And Lime

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Fried Avocado Tacos with Sesame and Lime recipe</a> by arielleclementine via Food52</strong>

  • Mexican Spiced Beef Strips With Tortillas And Salsa

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Mexican Spiced Beef Strips with Tortillas and Salsa recipe</a></strong>

  • Smoky Sweet Potato-Black Bean Enchiladas With Sweet Corn Crema

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Smoky Sweet Potato-Black Bean Enchiladas with Sweet Corn Crema recipe from Sugar Plum Blog</a></strong>

  • Smokey Roasted Chicken Tacos With Spicy Goat Cheese Queso

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Smokey Roasted Chicken Tacos with Spicy Goat Cheese Queso recipe</a> by How Sweet It Is</strong>

  • Nine-Layer Mexican Tostadas

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Nine-Layer Mexican Tostadas recipe</a> by Girl Versus Dough</strong>

  • Scrambled Egg Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Scrambled Egg Tacos recipe</a> by Brooklyn Salt via Food52</strong>

  • Chipotle Shredded Pork Enchiladas

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chipotle Shredded Pork Enchiladas recipe from White On Rice Couple</a></strong>

  • Mexican-Spiced Fish With Fresh Corn Rice

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Mexican-Spiced Fish with Fresh Corn Rice recipe</a></strong>

  • Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts With Mole Negro

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts with Mole Negro recipe</a></strong>

  • Tortas De Milanesa

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Tortas de Milanesa recipe from Spicie Foodie</a></strong>

  • Scrambled Egg Tostada

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Scrambled Egg Tostada recipe</a> by Buns In My Oven</strong>

  • Chipotle Pork Tacos With Grilled Tomato Salsa and Lime

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chipotle Pork Tacos with Grilled Tomato Salsa and Lime recipe</a></strong>

  • Tortilla Soup With Chiles And Charred Corn

    <strong>Get the <a href="">Tortilla Soup with Chiles and Charred Corn recipe from Hungry Girl Por Vida</a></strong>

  • Grilled Chicken Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Grilled Chicken Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Gorditas

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Gorditas recipe</a></strong>

  • Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas recipe</a> by Gimme Some Oven</strong>

  • Quesadillas

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Quesadillas recipe</a></strong>

  • Grilled Chile Pork Chops With Tortilla-Tomatillo Salsa

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Grilled Chile Pork Chops with Tortilla-Tomatillo Salsa recipe</a></strong>

  • Duck Confit Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Duck Confit Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Black Bean Soup With Crispy Tortillas

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Black Bean Soup with Crispy Tortillas recipe</a></strong>

  • Fajitas With Roast Beef

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Fajitas with Roast Beef recipe</a></strong>

  • Crunchy Tofu Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Crunchy Tofu Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Guacamole With Roasted Tomatillos

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Guacamole with Roasted Tomatillos recipe</a></strong>

  • Chicken Cutlets With Ancho Orange Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chicken Cutlets with Ancho Orange Sauce recipe</a></strong>

  • Chicken Enchilada Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chicken Enchilada Pie recipe from Little B Cooks</a></strong>

  • Carnitas

    <strong>Get the <a href="">Carnitas recipe from Chaos in the Kitchen</a></strong>

  • Refried Beans

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Refried Beans recipe</a> by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Chicken With Puebla-Style Mole Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="">Chicken with Puebla-Style Mole Sauce recipe from The Bitten Word</a></strong>

  • Carne Asada And Grilled Corn Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="">Carne Asada and Grilled Corn Tacos recipe from Sandwich Sunday</a></strong>

  • Homemade Corn Tortillas

    <strong>Get the <a href="">Homemade Corn Tortillas recipe from Foodie's Arsenal</a></strong>

  • Chilaquiles

    <strong>Get the <a href="">Chilaquiles recipe from Simply Recipes</a></strong>

  • Pico De Gallo

    <strong>Get the <a href="">Pico de Gallo recipe</a></strong>

  • Roasted Poblanos In Cream Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Roasted Poblanos in Cream Sauce recipe</a> by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Chipotle Skirt Steak Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="">Chipotle Skirt Steak Tacos recipe from Taste Food</a></strong>

  • Enchiladas Verde

    <strong>Get the <a href="">Enchiladas Verde recipe from Improv Kitchen</a></strong>

  • Beef Short Rib Tamales

    <strong>Get the <a href="">Beef Short Rib Tamales recipe from Evil Shenanigans</a></strong>

  • Tacos De Barbacoa

    <strong>Get the <a href="">Tacos de Barbacoa recipe from A Bitchin' Kitchen</a></strong>

  • Sauteed Fish Tacos

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Sauteed Fish Tacos recipe</a></strong>

  • Chicken 'Carne' Adovada

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Chicken "Carne" Adovada recipe</a></strong>

  • Grilled T-Bone Tostadas With Spicy Radish Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Grilled T-Bone Tostadas with Spicy Radish Salad</a> recipe</strong>

  • Easy Refried Beans

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Easy Refried Beans recipe</a></strong>

  • Pork Braised In Red Chile Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="" target="_hplink">Pork Braised in Red Chile Sauce recipe</a></strong>