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Ignacio Anaya García: The man behind nachos

Nachos are delicious and popular but do you know the story behind this delicious snack?

Ignacio Anaya García: The man behind nachos
Nachos quickly became one of the world's favorite snacks - Photo: File Photo/REUTERS
English 15/08/2019 12:21 Newsroom/EL UNIVERSAL in English Mexico City Google Actualizada 12:28
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Nachos are delicious and popular all over the world but do you know the story behind this delicious snack?

Ignacio Anaya García, a Mexican man, is the mastermind behind this snack. He was born on August 15, 1895, in Coahuila.

In 1943, Anaya García was working as Maître d' at Club Victoria, a popular restaurant in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Then a group of American women, wives of soldiers stationed at nearby Eagle Pass Army Airbase, stopped by and asked for a snack. But when García was unable to find the chef, he took over and created a snack that would later become an iconic dish all over the world.

According to Google, word soon spread about his delicious Nachos, named after his nickname, which was added to the Club Victoria menu, imitated around town, and written up in an American cookbook by 1949. In 1960, García had opened his own restaurant, El Nacho.

Although García refused to patent his creation because he said “It's just a snack to keep my customers happy and well-fed,” and that “It's like any other border dish” his name has gone down in history and each year, Piedras Negras hosts the International Nacho Festival and erected a plaque in his honor.

Today, Google released a Doodle in his honor. It was illustrated by Mexico City-based artist Alfonso de Anda.
 

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