Stand firm and chant with me: “Yard of nachos! Yard of nachos! Yard of nachos!…”
Ignacio “El Nacho” Anaya is credited for creating nachos in 1943 in the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, just over the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.
But he didn’t invent the tortilla chip: they were created by Rebecca Webb Carranza in the 1940s as a way to make use of misshapen tortillas rejected from the automated tortilla manufacturing machine that she and her husband used at their factory in Los Angeles. She found that the rejected tortillas, cut into triangles and fried, were a great snack, and she sold them for a dime a bag at the El Zarape Tortilla Factory.
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