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 Sadly, my burger was delivered with a paltry sprinkle of the Cheetos on top and, worse yet, the bottom of the bun was soaked in something that looked like nacho cheese. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 5 Oct. 2021 This week, build-your-own nacho bars were reimagined as taco rice bowls when whole grain chips didn’t arrive., 30 Sep. 2021 In one episode, contestants were doused with caramel or nacho cheese if their partner failed a taste test blindfolded. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2021 The family had nacho nights and game nights that included lots of competitions, Tiki Green recalled. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 19 Sep. 2021 The purveyor of fluorescent nacho cheese is just plain weird. Saahil Desai, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2021 While the recipe can be tweaked with add-ons like Hot Cheetos and nacho cheese, the best Sonoran dogs tend to be traditional ones found at roadside carts in most Arizona cities. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2021 The TikTok was so far reaching that out-of-towners have visited Happiest Hour in Dallas to request a nacho tower. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 18 June 2021 The weirdest part of the whole thing wasn’t even the ending, when Fallon climbs into a washing machine full of nacho cheese. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 24 July 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nacho.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Buying Guide

Our team at The Usage has selected the best microwaves of 2021.

Learn More About nacho

Dictionary Entries Near nacho




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for nacho

Last Updated

12 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Nacho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for nacho


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

Kids Definition of nacho

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


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!