75.2 F
Mérida
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
###

Happy birthday, Nacho, and thanks for the chips!

Latest headlines

Another bus catches fire in Mérida, raising safety concerns

A short circuit in the electrical systems of a passenger bus has been blamed for yet another fire on Mérida’s roads. 

Horse collapses from exhaustion in ‘Magical Town’ of Izamal

The collapse of a horse pulling a tourist carriage in Izamal has reignited the debate surrounding animal welfare in Yucatán. 

Journalists under siege in Mexico, demand action from authorities

Journalists across the country joined coordinated demonstrations to protest the murder of their colleagues.

Moving to Mérida has changed my relationship with color

Photo: File I’ve always had a strange relationship with color. It’s not a thing our family embraced when...
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.
The inventor of the nacho platter was born on this day, 124 years ago. Photo: Internet

Today we honor Ignacio Anaya Garcia on the day of his birth, and we thank him for inventing the appetizer better known by his name’s abbreviation: Nacho.

Anaya, born in 1895, is credited with inventing the tasty dish that’s become a mainstay of Mexican-American restaurants.

What is the origin story for the yummy nacho? Picture it: Piedras Negras, 1943. A group of U.S. military wives entered. The wives came across the border from the Fort Duncan Air Base near Eagle Pass, Texas, for something to eat. Unable to find a chef, Anaya improvised the dish and served it to the happy customers.

Sounds sort of like how Huevos Motulenos were invented.

Like all origin stories, some facts are in dispute. The newspaper Vanguardia notes that there is a dispute over whether six wives entered or 12, whether they asked to eat or whether they wanted a snack with some beer, or even whether there were no chefs around because it was only 1 in the afternoon or because the restaurant was about to close.

His son, Nacho Jr., recounted their creation to the Sun-Sentinel in 2002:

“My father was maitre d’ and he said ‘Let me go quick and fix something for you.’ He went into the kitchen, picked up tostados, grated some cheese on them — Wisconsin cheese, the round one — and put them under the salamander (a broiler that quickly browns foods). He pulled them out after a couple minutes, all melted, and put on a slice of jalapeno,” he said.

The dish was declared Nacho’s especiales. Some people say the wives bestowed the name in honor of the humble Anaya, while others say the proud Anaya came up with the name himself.

The restaurant added the dish to its menu, and it caught on, even being included in the St Anne’s Cookbook in 1954.

Anaya went on to work at the restaurant Moderno in Piedras Negras, and in 1960 opened up his own Nachos restaurant in the same town. His son looked into patenting the dish that same year, but it was too late.

Anaya didn’t seem to mind, reportedly describing it as “just a snack to keep my customers happy and well-fed…like any other border dish.”

The inventor passed away in 1975, but his legacy lives on. His son works as one of the judges for the International Nacho Festival, hosted in its origin town since 1994. That’s where the world’s largest nacho platter was created, with 50 pounds of dough, 25 pounds of jalapeño peppers and 130 pounds of Wisconsin cheese.

Today, Google honored Nacho with a Doodle on what would have been his 124th birthday.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

10 arrested in Valladolid after illegal cockfights are busted up

Ten people, including at least one minor, were arrested in Valladolid for their involvement in organizing illegal cockfights. 

Rails for the Mayan Train are being laid near Chichén Itzá

Rails are now being laid near Chichén Itzá for the first tests of the Mayan Train.

The story of the “many Méridas”

Many people living in Mérida, Yucatán are vaguely aware that the city shares its name with other communities around the world. But the specifics surrounding how and why Yucatán’s capital got its name are unknown to most. 

A leak in a Tabasco Pemex oil pipeline causes disastrous fire

A massive fire sparked by a leaking oil duct has created massive environmental damage in Huimanguillo, Tabasco. 

Untrained tour guides compete for tourist dollars in Chichén Itzá

Arguments between tour guides at Chichén Itzá have on rare occasions even resulted in fights and physical violence. Photo: Carlos Rosado...

Joya de Cerén — The Pompeii of the Americas

The volcano which stood less than one mile from Joya de Cerén, sent huge amounts of debris flying through the air. It ultimately buried the village under four to eight meters (13 to 26 feet) of ash and rock. 

A stunning 5,425 new COVID cases in a week

Residents make use of a hand-washing station installed in the Centro. Photo: Artur Widak / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Booster shots arrive for Mérida residents between 40-59

Booster shots for Mérida residents in their 40s and 50s arrived Friday. Photo: Courtesy A military plane with...

Mexico celebrates International Mariachi Day

Mariachis in Mexico and around the world celebrate International Mariachi Day observed every Jan 21. 

Marines to take over security at Mérida and Cancún airports

Mexico's Marines will be taking control of seven airports across the country, with  Mérida and Cancún among them.