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National nachos day

(Stock photo)

(Stock photo)

(CNN) — This is nacho average Tuesday – November 6 is, more importantly, Election Day, but it’s also National Nachos Day!

Nachos originated in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras. In the 1940s, legend has it that military wives from the nearby Fort Duncan went to a small hotel restaurant for a bite to eat. Even though the place had closed for the day, maitre d’ Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya took pity on the women’s hunger pangs and made them a snack. Not being a cook, all he could come up with was tortilla chips topped with cheese and jalapeño slices.

Today, nachos are a little more extravagant than that with toppings ranging from lobster and crab to roast pork shoulder. If you’re making nachos at home, they’re a good dish to help use up some of those leftovers sitting in a container, or the odd bits of veggies in your crisper drawer.

Remember: Nachos were born of necessity, so the sky is the limit.


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