The first nachos were the Mexican nachos created by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya the maitre of the Victory Club, located in Piedras Negras, Mexico in 1943 and they consisted of fried corn tortillas cut in triangles with melted cheddar cheese and pickled peppers (jalapeno). It is said that the maitre had to invent a new snack for a few US soldiers wives who were in a shopping trip in Mexic and arrived at the restaurant after closing time, and the chef had to use whatever was available in the kitchen, that is tortilla and cheese. The dish became swiftly popular throughout America and it rapidly spread to Europe.
Basically, the nachos are made of tortilla chips covered in melted cheese of different types and served with hot Salsa. The dish was diversified into various Nachos recipes such as soft nachos, made from simple cut tortilla wedges, baked in the oven and then topped with melted cheese or toppings of choice. Tomato salsa and jalapeno peppers should not be left out. The homemade nachos are easy to prepare from cornmeal, water, olive oil and salt, mixed until they form a dough, which is pressed out into a thin layer and then fried in hot oil.
Nachos can also be bought from grocery stores, the crunchy nachos, which are more like potato chips, except they are made of corn.
They are usually served as appetizer in the same quantity as a regular meal. A lot of toppings may accompany the dish such as meat (beaf, pork) and refried bean and the traditional melted cheese.
There has been invented the nacho cheese, a cheaper and more convenient form of processed cheese mixed with different spices, especially peppers, which is used instead of freshly melted cheese in places where the latter would be prohibitive.
The high popularity of the nachos in the 1990s led to the institution of the International Day of the Nacho in United States and Mexico, which takes place every October 21 to commemorate their invention.