November 6th

National Nachos Day -

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Each year on November 6th, we honor National Nachos Day, a day dedicated to celebrating one of our favorite Mexican culinary delights - Nachos. On this day, we come together as a community of nacho enthusiasts to relish the cheesy, crisp, and fiery taste of nachos and revel in the blend of flavors.

Whether you adorn your nachos with jalapenos, tomato, sour cream, or guacamole, National Nachos Day is an ideal opportunity to savor this well-loved snack. So here’s to good eating, and let’s immerse ourselves in the scrumptious universe of nachos!

History of National Nachos Day

Rewinding to 1940, we can trace the origins of nachos to the Mexican city of Piedras Negras, located near the American military base Fort Duncan, Texas. Ignacio Anaya, a maître d’ at the Victory Club, is credited with creating the dish. According to the legend, a group of army wives arrived at the club after it had shut down for the day. To feed the hungry guests, Anaya quickly improvised a snack with ingredients at hand: tortilla triangles, slices of cheese, and pickled jalapenos, which he warmed until the cheese had melted.

The innovative dish was an immediate hit with the women, who carried the story of it back home. Interestingly, they christened the dish after its creator’s nickname ‘Nacho’. The dish was initially known as ‘Nacho’s Especial,’ but over time the name was shortened to ‘nachos.’

In its initial stages, nachos were a simple dish, made up of only tortilla chips, cheese, and jalapenos. However, over the years, numerous variations have emerged, featuring ingredients such as meat, veggies, beans, and spices, making nachos a beloved snack and party staple.

The celebration of National Nachos Day sees folks making, sharing, and enjoying nachos at home or in Nacho-themed parties. Additionally, many food establishments like bars, Tex-Mex joints, and even fast-food chains participate by offering exclusive deals and putting a spin on traditional Nacho recipes for the day.

National Nachos Day Timeline

Creation of Corn Tortilla

The inhabitants of the indigenous Mesoamerican civilization first created tortilla from corn, which is the basic ingredient for Nachos.

Invention of Nachos

Ignacio 'Nacho' Anaya, from Piedras Negras, a city in Mexico, is credited with creating the first version, called 'Nachos Especiales'.

First Appearance of Nachos Recipe

The first known appearance of the recipe of Nachos in English was in the 1949 book 'A Taste of Texas.'

Spread of Nachos in Texas

Nachos started to become popular throughout Texas and the southwest United States.

Introduction of Nachos in Sport Venues

A modified version of nachos, which consisted of cheese nachos with jalapeño pepper slices, was introduced in Arlington Stadium in Texas.

Nachos Day

National Nachos Day is celebrated globally on November 6th.

Ideas to Celebrate National Nachos Day

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Nachos Recipe Taste Testing

Prepare a variety of nachos recipes from traditional to quirky ones and have a taste testing with your family and friends. Make it a fun competition and see who likes which one the most!

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Nacho Movie Night

Host a movie night with friends or family and instead of popcorn, use different types of nachos to munch on. Make sure to have a variety of dips to choose from as well.

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Nacho Cooking Challenge

Invite friends and family for a nacho cooking challenge. Everyone has to make their version of the best nachos and there will be a vote at the end to determine the winner.

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Office Nachos Lunch

Celebrate National Nachos Day by treating your colleagues to a nacho lunch. Lay out a spread of nachos, cheese, and various toppings, and let everyone at work create their own plate of nachos.

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Nacho Food Truck Tour

If your city has food trucks, organize a food truck tour that serves nachos. You can enjoy the variety of tastes and at the same time explore your city's food culture.

7 Interesting Facts About Nachos


Name Origin

Nachos got their name from Ignacio 'Nacho' Anaya. The term 'Nacho's especiales' was initially used, later shortened to just 'nachos'.


Nacho Flavored Corn Chips Creation

The popularity of nachos led to the creation of flavored corn chips, known as Doritos, by Fritos-Lay in the 1960s.


Nachos in the Theater

Nachos became a popular choice at movie theaters in the 1980s, becoming one of the first snack foods to transition into the cinematic snack market.


The World Record of Nachos

The largest serving of nachos ever created was made in 2022 in Los Angeles, California, USA. The dish weighed 2,209 kg (4,870lb 0.18oz).


Worldwide Popularity

Even though nachos have Mexican roots, today, they are enjoyed all around the world.


Variety of Toppings

Nachos are versatile with a variety of toppings including cheese, refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, diced onions, olives, jalapenos, and sometimes meats like chicken or beef.


Sports Event Staple

Nachos are a staple food at sports events, often served in a disposable, plastic tray with cheese sauce and jalapeños on the side.

National Nachos Day FAQs

Next National Nachos Day Dates

Year Date Day
2023 November 6th Monday
2024 November 6th Wednesday
2025 November 6th Thursday
2026 November 6th Friday
2027 November 6th Saturday
What is the pattern? Every November 6th

National Nachos Day Word Search

  • Nachos
  • Tortilla
  • Cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Jalapenos