na·​cho ˈnä-(ˌ)chō How to pronounce nacho (audio)
plural nachos
: 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 Last week, Taco Bell announced the return of its popular nacho fries, this time featuring Serrabanero hot sauce by Secret Aardvark. Find your nearest Taco Bell here. Tanasia Kenney, Kansas City Star, 26 Apr. 2024 Taco Bell tells Fox Business the avocado verde salsa, which is now a permanent addition to its menu, is viewed as being on the same level as nacho cheese sauce and guacamole—a premium addition to menu items that comes with an extra charge. Chris Morris, Fortune, 27 Mar. 2024 Barrio nacho helmet with the choice of chicken tinga or barbacoa beef with queso bravo, pico de gallo, pickled red onion, jalapenos, black beans and avocado crema in a souvenir helmet. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2024 Publix has quietly gotten into the burrito business by incorporating nacho, burrito and bowl bars in some stores. Howard Cohen, Miami Herald, 29 Feb. 2024 Most of the time, Sudeikis orders the daily special, which includes a Sancho, a nacho, a hard-shell taco and a medium drink for $10.99. Andrea Klick, Kansas City Star, 19 Jan. 2024 The air near many of the concession stands wafting the scent of nacho cheese. Lily Altavena, Detroit Free Press, 28 Jan. 2024 The Super Bowl, an annual masterclass in snack capitalism, is responsible for this monument, seeing the Luxor pyramid (a.k.a. hotel and casino) boast a gigantic nacho chip on one of its triangular faces. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 9 Feb. 2024 Customers nationwide will also be able to add vegan nacho sauce to their orders, which according to a Taco Bell spokesperson, is made from a chickpea and soy base, and it's certified by the American Vegetarian Association. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 3 Oct. 2023

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Word History


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.

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nacho was in 1948

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Cite this Entry

“Nacho.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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na·​cho ˈnä-chō How to pronounce nacho (audio)
plural nachos
: a tortilla chip topped with melted cheese and often additional toppings (as hot peppers or refried beans)
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