Meet the Tacro, the Latest in Meal Mashup Moonshots

What happens when you mix French pastry with Mexican street food?

By Ethan L. Johns
January 25, 2018

Image: Vive la Tarte

Just when we thought we had seen it all, we realized that we will definitely never, ever see it all, because what does “all” even mean when you can take any two foods on the planet and combine them and get people like us to talk about them?

Anyway, just when we thought about all of that, one bakery changed the game and took everything to the next level. With horns sounding and angels singing, mankind was blessed with the “Tacro.”

What is the Tacro? If you hadn’t guessed by now, it’s a portmanteau of “taco” and “croissant.” Imagine the fluffy, flaky layers of a French croissant in all of their rippable French glory. Then, imagine that those layers are folded into the shape of a taco, and crammed full of all sorts of creative toppings. It’s almost like an alternate world history, where Mexico was colonized by a very different European superpower.

It’s this year’s first notable play at viral culinary stardom, and it’s available now at San Francisco’s Vive la Tarte bakery. The Tacro was created for the opening of Vive la Tarte’s second shop by Arnaud Goethals and Julie Vandermeersch—co-owners and croissentrepreneurial couple (croissentrepreneur (noun): one who strives to get rich off of shareable, ‘grammable croissant creations)—for the opening of Vive la Tarte’s second shop, which is located in the city’s bastion of hipness, the Ferry Building.

You might be thinking, yuck, ain’t nobody be needing a sweet, buttery croissant filled with zesty, savory chicken and pickled onions. But fear not, ye who don’t let the foods on your plate touch; the Tacro is reportedly the result of two months of testing to find the perfectly savory croissant shell.

People appear to like it, too. When the item launched on January 19th, the shop’s whole supply of 100 Tacros disappeared in under two hours. Tacro-hungry visitors have been showing up for days now to choose from three filling options: chicken with avocado, pulled pork, and pineapple with barbecued jackfruit.

Don’t forget to wash it down with a turmeric latte, a coconut cold brew or a beermosa.

Looking for more creative food combinations? Check out these OMG Food Mashup recipes and prepare to have your mind blown.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns