National Nacho Day is here!
Who doesn’t love chips, jalapeños, guacamole, salsa, and other toppings all covered in melted cheese and baked into a crunchy treat?
That’s right, nobody.
Get ready for cravings to ensue because we’re talking about all things nachos!
What is National Nacho Day?
National Nacho Day is an annual culinary celebration every November 6.
Honoring tortilla chips topped with melted nacho cheese and a variety of other ingredients, like:
- beef or chicken
- sour cream
- refried beans
Nachos are famous from coast to coast, so it’s an exciting day for nacho lovers to gather around this popular party food.
Why is a nacho called a nacho?
They’re named after the man who invented nachos, Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya.
Nacho is a common nickname for the name Ignacio.
Anaya originally called his creation “Nachos Especiales,” which was later shortened to just “nachos.”
History of National Nacho Day
The history of nachos begins at the Mexican border city of Piedra Negras, west of the Rio Grande, where the Mexican border town of Eagle Pass, Texas, lies.
One day in 1943, a group of Army wives from nearby Fort Duncan came to the Piedras Negras hot spot known as the Victory Club.
The maitre d’ of the club was Anaya.
In order to be hospitable to the group of women, he whipped up a quick snack using the ingredients he had on hand in the restaurant.
He cut tortillas into triangles, fried them, added shredded cheddar cheese, broiled them, and topped the dish with sliced jalapeño peppers, and boom!
Nachos were born.
It seems to have emerged from a genuine cultural appreciation for the dish and a love of the delicious combination of ingredients.
It serves as a day to celebrate the culinary innovation of Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, as well as the continued evolution and appreciation of nachos in various forms and flavors.
How to Celebrate National Nacho Day 2023?
Celebrating National Nacho Day is easy!
Below are some of the best ways to celebrate this day of chip-n-cheesy goodness:
Host a nacho party
Throw a party in honor of delicious nachos by having each guest bring a unique nacho plate that includes chips, cheese, and their favorite nacho toppings.
Have a nacho competition
Why not have a nacho contest each year?
Enroll a couple of top tortilla artists and a gaggle of willing taste-test judges and see who delivers the best nacho masterpiece!
The winning prize could be a gift card for nachos from a favorite local eatery and a bag of tortillas or shredded cheese for runners-up.
Make dessert nachos
Top your favorite salty tortilla chips with melted chocolate and a crushed candy bar for a delicious nacho dessert plate.
You could also drizzle warm caramel or strawberry syrup over the chips and top with chopped nuts and whipped cream for a delicious snack.
Deals for National Nacho Day
Many restaurants, especially those specializing in Mexican or Tex-Mex cuisine, often have special offers or promotions for National Nacho Day.
Here’s a general approach you can take to find deals on nachos:
Chain Restaurants: Popular chains like Taco Bell, On The Border, Chili’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings usually offer deals or specials on nachos.
Check their websites or social media accounts closer to get information on current promotions.
Local Restaurants: Local places might have special offers or unique nacho dishes to celebrate the day.
Social Media: Platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are great places to search for deals.
Many brands will advertise their promotions using relevant hashtags, e.g., #NationalNachoDay or #NachoDayDeals.
It’s “nacho” average day
Today, nachos are found all over the world in various iterations, from basic cheese and jalapeños to fully loaded versions with meats, beans, veggies, and more.
National Nacho Day is more than just a commercial gimmick.
It’s a day to be inspired by the hospitality and community that gave rise to nachos in the first place.
It serves as a fun reminder to enjoy nachos any time- whether for a Monday night football game, at a high-end restaurant, or from the comfort of one’s own kitchen- while in the company of good friends and family.
What are your favorite toppings for nachos?
Do you like all the fixings for this tasty treat, or are you more of a purist?
Do you like to have nachos as a meal or just a snack?
Tell us in the comment section!