Monday is National Nachos Day. According to Punchbowl Nachos were first created in Piedras Negras, Mexico. It was 1943 when ten wives of US soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan came to the Victory Club restaurant after closing hours. Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, a restaurant employee, quickly tossed together what he had left in the kitchen and called it “Nachos Especiales”.
Soon word spread throughout Mexico and Texas and Anaya went on to open his own nacho restaurant. The original recipe was printed in the 1954 St. Anne’s Cookbook.
The recipe for the original nachos that the ladies enjoyed is very simple.
Cut a stack of corn tortillas into 4 wedges,
Fry them in about an inch of vegetable oil till crisp.
Place on a baking sheet and top liberally with longhorn cheddar cheese, and add jalapeno pepper slices.
Bake at 400 degrees till melted and bubbling.
Serve with salsa and sour cream if desired.
Here’s a recipe for Super Deluxe Steak Nachos
Peppers are reported using Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The lower the SHU rating, the milder the pepper. In 2013, the Carolina Reaper was named the world’s hottest pepper , measuring in at 2,200,000 SHU. Check out TheSpruce.com for more chile pepper information, along with a handy-dandy chart from mildest (bell peppers, pimentos) to the hottest (habaneros and more).
If you want to allow people the opportunity to create their own nachos, how about having a Nacho Bar? Here are some foods you might want to include:
Tortilla chips - get creative here! It’s not so hard to find blue, red and regular tortillas, plus some made out of “healthier” ingredients, such as sweet potatoes, beans, quinoa, lentils, and so much more. Take a look down Sprouts chip aisle for inspiration. Or, you can make your own (see the original recipe written above).
Salsa - another opportunity for creativity. Not only is there salsa based on tomatoes, but you can get mango salsa (at Costco) and lots of other kinds at Trader Joes and other stores.
Meat - Beef, hamburger, steak, pork, chicken
Beans - black, pinto, refried
Chopped onions - if you like, red onions are sweeter
Sliced green onions
Chiles - jalapeño, serrano, habanero (choose your SHU rating, or offer a variety)
Bell peppers - chopped red, yellow, green
Cheese - melted nacho cheese, shredded sharp, medium or mild cheddar cheese, jack or peppered jack cheese, more…
Add these ingredients after heating and/or melting cheese: