A Song of the Nacho


The story goes, and there’s even a fair chance it is true, that in 1943 two Americans, wives of soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan, in Texas, had crossed the border into Piedras Negras for some shopping. At the end of the day they wandered into the Victory Club looking for a bite. However the kitchen had closed. Not to miss a customer, or in this case, two, the manager, Ignacio Anaya, known to his friends as Nacho, put together a large plate from what was available in the kitchen, It featured tortillas cut into triangles, shredded cheese quickly heated, and a topping of sliced jalapeno peppers.

With that nachos were born.

And soon this simple and delicious, if not particularly healthy dish would seduce a large part of the world…

Nacho Anaya died in 1975. A bronze plaque honoring him was erected in the town.

And October 21st was declared the International Day of the Nacho.

Long may the day be celebrated…


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