na·​cho | \ ˈnä-(ˌ)chō How to pronounce nacho (audio) \
plural nachos

Definition of nacho

: a tortilla chip topped with melted cheese and often additional savory toppings (such as hot peppers or refried beans)

Examples of nacho in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bánh bèo in particular was just delicate enough, loaded up with all the toppings like the perfect Texas-style nacho. Soleil Ho,, "Restaurant awards don't have to be a complete disaster," 24 Aug. 2020 In this pack, three carne asada burritos, three mucho adobo chicken tinga tacos, one Ranger nacho and two Mexican street corns are available. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Texas Rangers’ ‘Field to Table’ delivers hot dogs, pizza and other ballpark snacks," 18 Aug. 2020 This recipe turns up the heat on a traditional hot dog by adding nacho cheese and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Here’s how to make the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Dog and other Texas Rangers ballpark concessions at home," 13 Aug. 2020 Wilder uses vegetable slices such as cucumbers instead of nacho chips for salsa and guacamole. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 foods to help reduce the coronavirus lockdown weight," 2 June 2020 Yes, melty nachos were made, but more importantly there was some very dry humor delivered by Bill. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Bill Murray drinks, jokes with Guy Fieri on Nacho Showdown: 'Truth is, he's a redhead'," 15 May 2020 Pop some microwave popcorn and make hot dogs or nachos at home for traditional theater eats without the price tag, then cozy up on the couch. Linda Kessler, Dallas News, "Give Mom the love she deserves — from a distance," 7 May 2020 Create a top-your-own baked potato bar (baked potatoes are easy and cheap — and potatoes last for a long time), a nacho bar, a taco dinner, a make-your-own quesadilla station, or for breakfast, an oatmeal bar. Katie Workman, NBC News, "How to get 3 meals on the table for your family every day — and stay sane," 1 Apr. 2020 The Stack is essentially a nacho plate built on a tier of tostadas, stacked 6 inches high. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "New field, new food: 6 concessions for baseball fans at Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Field," 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of nacho

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nacho

probably borrowed from Spanish Nacho, hypocoristic form of the personal name Ignacio

Note: According to a story that apparently first appeared in the San Antonio Express on May 23, 1954 ("Nacho's? Natch!", by Clarence D. LaRoche, p. 3H), the dish was devised in 1940 by Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya García (1895-1975), a waiter (in other versions a maitre d' or chef) at a restaurant in Piedras Negras, Mexico. As related by LaRoche and in later versions, the story has stock elements of a culinary origin myth: late in the day a waiter or chef is pressed to come up with food to satisfy hungry customers and with limited ingredients left in the kitchen invents a new dish. Similar stories purport to explain the origins of other eponymous dishes, as the Reuben sandwich, Buffalo wings and Caesar salad. Though a print connection between "Nacho" Anaya and nachos is relatively early—predating the popularity of the snack outside south Texas—the first citations for nacho, in 1948 and 1949, make no reference to him.

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5 Sep 2020

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“Nacho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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na·​cho | \ ˈnä-chō How to pronounce nacho (audio) \
plural nachos

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: a tortilla chip topped with melted cheese and often additional toppings

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