06/21/2012 09:20 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Taco Recipes To Try On Cinco De Mayo And All Summer Long

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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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