According to the Adriana P. Orr, Oxford English Dictionary etymologist in a letter sent in 1999, nachos were created by Ignacio Anaya in 1943. Anaya was a chef at the Old Victory Club who one evening took pity on a group of U.S. military wives whose husbands were stationed at nearby base Fort Duncan.

The story is told that the wives spend a day shopping in Eagle Pass and decided to stop by for dinner on their way home only to find all nearby restaurants had closed for the evening. Being a kind man, Anaya offered to cook something for the wives from what was left over in the kitchen. He sliced and fried fresh tortilla chips, covered them in shredded cheddar cheese and sliced jalapenos, threw the mixture in the oven for a few minutes and named the dish after his nickname and thus created “Nachos Especials”!

Of course the military wives loved the dish delivered to them. So much so that it was later found recorded in a church cookbook in Eagle Pass. Since then, nachos have become a Mexican, or more aptly a world-wide staple! 

Of course in the years since Anaya’s initial development, nachos have taken on many more toppings. It doesn’t take a long look at our menu to notice that we have taken our inspiration from a man we believe should be sainted, and developed a world all our own at Nacho Hippo. Read more:


Guy Fieri’s Trash Can Nachos

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