nacho

na·cho (nä’chō′)
n. pl. na·chos A small, often triangular piece of a tostada, topped with cheese and often chili-pepper sauce and broiled.
[From Nacho, nickname of Ignacio Anaya, the maître d'hôtel of a restaurant in Piedras Negras, Mexico, who invented them in 1943.]
Word History: Nachos get their name from Sr. Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya, who invented them in 1943. Sr. Anaya was the maître d'hôtel at the Victory Club restaurant in Piedras Negras, a Mexican city on the Rio Grande. One evening upon the arrival of a large group of guests, Sr. Anaya could not find the chef, so he went into the kitchen to prepare something himself. He took tostadas, grated some cheese over them, and put them under the broiler. When the cheese had melted, he added some jalapeño pepper slices on top and emerged with the first plate of nachos ever made. His creation was a hit and came to be known as Nacho's especiales ("Nacho's specials"), eventually shortened to just nachos. (In Spanish, Nacho is a common nickname for men called Ignacio.) Nachos became quite popular in southern Texas, and somewhat later, in the 1970s, the well-known sports journalist Howard Cosell tasted them. He began to promote them at every opportunity, and the fame of nachos spread across the United States.

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  • nacho — ► NOUN (pl. nachos) ▪ a small piece of tortilla topped with melted cheese, peppers, etc. ORIGIN perhaps from Mexican Spanish Nacho, familiar form of Ignacio, first name of the chef credited with creating the dish, or from Spanish nacho flat nosed …   English terms dictionary

  • nacho — nacho, a (del lat. «nasus», nariz; Ast.) adj. y n. *Chato. * * * nacho, cha. (Del lat. nasus, nariz). adj. rur. Ast. chato (ǁ de nariz poco prominente). U. t. c. s. * * * ► …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • nacho — acho n. A tortilla chip topped with cheese and often chili pepper or beans and then broiled; eaten as a snack or light meal. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nacho — m Spanish: pet form of Ignacio (see IGNATIUS (SEE Ignatius)) …   First names dictionary

  • nacho — (n.) according to The Dallas Morning News [Oct. 22, 1995], named for restaurant cook Ignacio Anaya, who invented the dish in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras in 1943 …   Etymology dictionary

  • nacho — adj. [Portugal: Trás os Montes] Nariz achatado …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • nacho — nacho, cha (Del lat. nasus, nariz). adj. rur. Ast. chato (ǁ de nariz poco prominente). U. t. c. s.) …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • nacho — [nä′chō] n. pl. nachos [Sp] a tortilla chip spread with a savory mixture, as of beans, beef, hot peppers, guacamole, etc., then covered with cheese and broiled …   English World dictionary

  • Nacho — Das Wort Nacho hat folgende Bedeutungen: familiäre Form des spanischen Vornamens Ignacio Nachos, Gericht aus der Tex Mex Küche Nacho ist der Name folgender Personen: Tata Nacho (1892 1968), mexikanischer Komponist Ignacio Pérez Santamaría (*1980) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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