Ignacio Anaya (died 1975), also known by the shortened form of his first name as Nacho Anaya, was the inventor of nachos.
Anaya was living in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, USA, and working at a restaurant called the Victory Club there, in 1943, when he invented nachos and served them at the restaurant as "Nachos Especiales".
The original form of nachos, as made by Nacho Anaya, included fried tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and jalapeños.
Anaya's son, Ignacio Anaya Jr., a retired banker, currently lives in Eagle Pass, Texas.
In the early 1990s, a holiday called the International Day of the Nacho was initiated to commemorate the invention of nachos and to celebrate nachos. The International Day of the Nacho is observed chiefly by eating nachos.
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