Nachos, nachos, we love you. That’s the whole song, we needn’t add anything else, a better use of time would be going to melt some cheese. But dear friends, didn’t you ever ponder where the near-perfect snack/ meal for any occasion was birthed? Sure, it was Mexico. But which wizard paved the road to perfect Netflix partnership food? Go prep some nachos, then read on.
Picture this. Piedras Negras, a border town bridging Mexico and it’s friendly Texan neighbour Eagle Pass. The year is 1943. There is no wall. The American women settling in Eagle Pass in support of their serving husbands based at the 19th century US Army base, Fort Duncan. Crossing the river into Mexico for afternoon shopping trips was a pastime for the (presumably quite bored) wives during wartime and paying visits to local restaurants wouldn’t have been a bad way for the broads to consummate an afternoon shopping trip in Mexico. Enter Señor Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya aka actual God, the inventor of nachos.
It was Ignacio, head waiter of the dining ladies’ chosen restaurant who threw together whatever he could find in the kitchen, having already closed the restaurant for the afternoon. Perhaps it was the meeting of two cultures that lead to Ignacio’s necessity; should the American women have taken a siesta like their Mexican friends, they may not have required the Piedras Negras services that late in the afternoon.
Here’s what Ignacio did
- First, he cut tortillas into triangles and deep fried them.
- Then he melted cheese top.
- Finally he threw loads of jalapeños on top.
Nacho’s Especiales – as Ignacio named them – were a hit, and nachos became famous and then Netflix was invented, completing humanity’s universal search for true happiness.
The dish really managed to go viral (20th century style) when the recipe was published in the 1954 ‘St. Anne’s Cookbook’. It was later adapted, in particular with the addition of oozing cheese sauce during the 1970’s, in association with football and baseball attendance.
Thanks to Ignacio, we now have the perfect early Saturday evening Netflix accompaniment.
We love nachos forever — just the way they ar