Nacho Inventor Gets Google Doodle
I love nachos. They’re my go-to indulgence at the movies, ranking second only to popcorn. So, when I realized that the Google Doodle today was dedicated to the inventor of one of my guilty pleasures, it only made sense that I go down the rabbit whole and find out more.
Here are some things I learned:
- Ignacio Anaya García had actually been given the nickname ‘Nacho,’ which was based on his actual name. However, and this is a fun fact: Prior to the 1940s the word nacho was part of common Tex-Mex slang used as a combination of the word ‘naturally’ and the phrase ‘of course.’
- He was born in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, on August 15, 1895. The city is on the Rio Grande, just across the U.S.-Mexico border from Del Rio, Texas, and is a port of entry.
- Ignacio would serve as maître d’ at El Moderno restaurant in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, where he first made nachos. But it’s rumored he worked at multiple restaurants.
- Ignacio declined to seek a patent for his creation. His son tried later in life but was unsuccessful.
- He had 9 children. Híjole.
- The Google Doodle was made by Alfonso de Anda, an artist from Mexico City.
- There are multiple accounts of the moment when nachos were first made. The most common version was featured today on CNN via Google:
In 1943, a group of American women whose husbands were stationed at an airbase nearby visited the restaurant, but García couldn’t find a chef. So he whipped up a snack with whatever he could find in the kitchen, which turned out to be tortilla chips and melted Wisconsin cheddar, Google said.CNN
The rest, as they say, is history. Or is it?
The fascinating video below is part of the YouTube series “Today I Found Out,” and takes us further into the myth by exploring the incredible backstory of nachos in all its glory.
Check it out to know more!