Call in Sick!!! It’s Nacho 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 favorite in many parts of the world. Yes, we’re talking about nachos. What food deserves its own holiday more than nachos? From the kitchens of Texas to the tables of Cape Breton, nachos have more then earned their fame. And their own day. 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, the maitre d’hotel, whose name was 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 up the tortillas into pieces, sprinkled what else he had over them, and baked them for a few minutes before serving them to melt the cheese. 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 through Texas and the Southwest. Ignacio Anaya himself went on to work at the Moderno Restaurant in Piedras Negras, which still uses the original recipe till this day.