National Nacho Day
On November 8th we celebrate nachos! If you ever wonder how nachos came about well read on!
In 1943 a man named Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya was working as the maître d’ at the El Moderno Restaurant in Piedras Negras, Mexico. One night after the kitchen staff had gone home, a group of U.S. Army wives stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass came into the restaurant looking for a meal after a long day of shopping. Nacho whipped up a dish with the leftover ingredient he could find, cutting tortillas into triangles and then topping them with cheese and jalapenos.
Ignacio Anaya never tried to lay claim to his new dish, but his son did try to apply for a patent, but too much time had passed and it was not granted to him.
Nowadays modern nachos are covered in beans, cheese, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and sour cream! Yum. People around the world love nachos.
Did you know …
- Centerplate at the University of Kansas was added to Guinness World Records for largest serving of nachos, delivering a 4,689-pound, 80-foot long meal on April 21, 2012.
- A New Mexico cooked up a 5,039-pound serving of nachos to break this last Guinness World Record. They put together a 110-foot-long serving of nachos at the Plaza de Las Cruces during the Noche de Nachos event. They used 900 pounds of chips, 450 pounds of salsa and 2,200 pounds of cheese along with heaps of ground beef, sour cream, beans and jalapenos. It has been submitted to Guinness World Records.
- El Barrio’s in Birmingham, Alabama use plantains instead of tortilla chips along with roasted pork, pickled jalapeños, ancho chile, cotija, and lime crema and customers love it!
- Sweet Liberty in Miami Beach, Florida, make Vegetarian Cauliflower Nacho. They are topped with blended cheese, sauteed cauliflower, avocado crema, radishes, pickled jalapeno, and pomegranate seeds.
- The Smoke Pitt in Northampton offers a free dinner of nachos IF you can finish the whole plate before you leave. So far, no one has.