National nachos day
November 6th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
Share this on:

While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

This is nacho average Tuesday - November 6 is, more importantly, Election Day, but it's also National Nachos Day!

Nachos originated in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras. In the 1940s, legend has it that military wives from the nearby Fort Duncan went to a small hotel restaurant for a bite to eat. Even though the place had closed for the day, maitre d' Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya took pity on the women's hunger pangs and made them a snack. Not being a cook, all he could come up with was tortilla chips topped with cheese and jalapeño slices.

Today, nachos are a little more extravagant than that with toppings ranging from lobster and crab to roast pork shoulder. If you're making nachos at home, they're a good dish to help use up some of those leftovers sitting in a container, or the odd bits of veggies in your crisper drawer.

Remember: Nachos were born of necessity, so the sky is the limit.

Posted by:
Filed under: Breakfast Buffet • Food Holidays • Nachos • News


soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    OH, HELLS YEAH

    November 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  2. M T Nest

    Huh, I never knew that. Thanks, Emily Smith, good story!

    November 6, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Pinterest
 
| Part of
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 6,414 other followers