Two Mexican corn snacks meet in a bar and one says to the other: ‘Why you no wanna tacho about it?’ And the other replies: ‘Because I nacho friend anymore.’
Today is Nachos Day, but then isn't every day potentially Nachos Day? Don’t get me wrong I’ve nothing against Mexican crisps but I have to say that whilst I do like the occasional dish of nachos I’m not at all sure that they are worthy of an entire day to themselves.
After all what do nachos do except sit on the plate covered in toppings wanting to be eaten? I suppose that you could crumble them and fill maracas to make that crazy Mexican maracas noise of a Mariachi band or place a few outside your hotel room door to warn of any approaching Mexican bandits. But apart from that… Well, they are pretty dull aren’t they? It’s not even as if they are a traditional Mexican food, they were invented by the
In 1943, the wives of some
Viva! A new taste sensation was born along with the foundation of every Tex-Mex restaurant in the world and a great starter offering for every cheap pub in the
Good old Nacho never even tried to claim ownership of his dish. But in 1960 his son contacted a lawyer to explore the possibility. Unfortunately, too much time had passed, like a long siesta on a hot Mexican afternoon, and the recipe passed for free into de dominio publico.
To end, here are a few slightly interesting facts about nachos, and I do mean slightly interesting and a few.
In 1972 a nacho bearing the face of Jesus was found in a dish of nachos in a bar in
The holy nacho is now enshrined in a golden casket at the Catedral Basilica de
la Asuncion de Maria Santisima and is visited by hundreds of thousands of
pilgrims a year.
A university in
(follow the yellow nacho road) holds the record for the largest plate of nachos
in the world. The huge bar snack weighed in at 4,689 pounds, with 2,200 of
those pounds being nacho cheese. Portions of the 80-foot long, 2-foot wide,
10-inch deep pile of chips were sold for charity at a dollar each.
Apparently Nachos is the food most craved by pregnant women, although I assume this is
pregnant women as the food most British women crave is obviously lard.