To believe it or not, nachos actually owe their name to a real-life individual. Nachos were initially created in 1943 in the Mexican town of Piedras Negras, which was just across the border and near to Fort Duncan, a military installation in Eagle Pass, Texas, according to Time magazine.
Inventor of the popular snack nachos, Ignacio Anaya Garca (15 August 1895 – 9 November 1975) was a Mexican executive chef and restaurateur best known for creating the popular snack nachos. The name Nacho was taken from the Spanish Ignacio, which is the Spanish equivalent of Ignatius, and means ″Nacho.″
Did you know nachos are named after their inventor?
Nachos are one of the most easily shared foods that has ever been invented. But did you know that nachos were called for the man who invented them? In 1943, Ignacio ″Nacho″ Anaya came up with the idea for the now-iconic meal. I’ve been doing some research on the origins of well-known brand names.
Why is it called Nachos Especiales?
Nacho was the nickname given to Ignacio. Nachos Especiales was a huge hit with the women, who raved about it when they returned home. The next week, the ladies returned with their husbands, and the Victory Club quickly gained a reputation for serving a delectable treat. Over time, the term ″Nachos Especiales″ was simplified to just ″nachos″ to avoid confusion.
When did nachos become popular?
Anaya’s original recipe was published in the 1954 St. Anne’s Cookbook as an homage to her mother. The dish’s popularity quickly extended throughout Texas and the southwestern United States. The first documented occurrence of the term ‘nachos’ in English was in the 1950 novel A Taste of Texas, where it was used for the first time.
What are Tex-Mex nachos?
A dish from the Tex-Mex cuisine. It is a traditional Tex-Mex meal from northern Mexico that consists of heated tortilla chips or totopos that are coated with melted cheese (or a cheese-based sauce). Nachos are often served as a snack or appetizer.