October 21, 2013

International Day of the Nacho

"A falta de pan, tortillas." (In the absence of bread, tortillas will do.) - a Mexican proverb

It's International Day of the Nacho!

This beloved dish found on just about every menu (Mexican restaurants, Irish restaurants, pubs, chains, you name it!) originated in 1943 in Texas. A man named Ignacio Anaya - who went by the nickname "Nacho" - is said to have made tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and jalapeno peppers (read: what was left in the kitchen) after several U.S. solider's wives came to the restaurant where he was the maitre d' at afterhours. He called the dish "Nacho’s especiales", or "Nacho's special." Eventually it was shortened to just "nachos."

While we celebrate a National Nacho Day in November, today - International Day of the Nacho - was created in the early 1990's (in both the States and Mexico) as a way to celebrate Anaya's life and the culinary contribution he gave to the world.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Nachos have come a long way from the original recipe Anaya came up with on the fly. There's a whole host of topping options now like chili, bacon, crab meat, shrimp, shredded pulled pork, chorizo, feta and Greek olives, tomatoes and mozzarella, Buffalo chicken and blue cheese, or even Doritos® topped with cheese, veg, and hard boiled egg.

Wonder what Anaya would've thought about that one!

Happy International Day of the Nacho!