6 November – Nachos Day
Sometimes they’re hot and spicy. Sometimes they’re cheesy. Sometimes they make a mess everywhere. But one thing is certain: they’re delicious, and a favourite in many parts of the world. Yes, we’re talking about nachos. What food deserves its own holiday more than nachos? Nachos have more than earned their fame. And their own day. Nachos Day.
History of Nachos day
Nachos originated in Piedras Negras, Mexico, just across the border from Texas. One day in 1943, when the wives of some American soldiers stationed nearby came into his restaurant, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya had to make them something to eat. The problem was that is was evening, and already a few minutes past closing time, so Ignacio really didn’t have enough ingredients left over to make any real, full dish—all he had were a few tortillas, some shredded cheese and some pickled jalapeno peppers.
So he cut the tortillas into pieces, sprinkled what else he had over them, and baked them for a few minutes before serving them. The women greatly enjoyed the snack, and when they asked Ignacio what it was called, he answered “Nacho’s especiales”. The word of this new hot snack traveled fast. Ignacio Anaya himself went on to work at the Moderno Restaurant in Piedras Negras, which still uses the original recipe to this day.
He also opened his own restaurant later on, called “Nacho’s Restaurant”, in Piedras Negras as well. Anaya’s original Nachos recipe was printed in the 1954 St. Anne’s Cookbook.
How to celebrate Nachos Day
Obviously, there is not better way to celebrate Nachos Day, which falls on November 6th, than to cook up some good old-fashioned nachos on your own.