International Day of the Nacho - October 21
Sat, Oct 21, 2023

International Day of the Nacho

On International Day of the Nacho, drop all diets and celebrate with us! October 21 is the day to enjoy your favorite Mexican dish in all its variety – with cheese, beans, chili, guacamole – and learn more about Mexican cuisine.


Legend has it that the nacho was born quite by accident in 1943 in the Mexican town of Piedras Negras in the Old Victory Club. The chef Ignacio Anaya had to come up with an appetizer for a group of hungry wives of American military officers who had come to visit the club. Ignacio sliced a tortilla, fried it, sprinkled it with cheddar cheese and marinated jalapenos, and popped it in the oven for a couple of minutes. He served the dish to the women and called it “special nacho”.

The snack gained particular popularity in the 1970s, and its name is an abbreviation of Ignacio’s name.

Interesting facts

  • Nacho instantly restores energy and gives strength.
  • The original recipe for nacho dates back to the 1949 Taste of Texas cookbook.
  • Mexican cuisine was included in the UNESCO Heritage List in 2010.
  • Other famous and consumed dishes include chicken with rice and beans.

How to take part

Take part in International Day of the Nacho by celebrating at home or in a Mexican restaurant. Cook it yourself or enjoy an appetizer from the chef – the choice is yours! Gather your friends and organize a fun party with contests for the best dish. Don’t forget to take pictures of your success and share them on social networks!

When is International Day of the Nacho celebrated in 2023?

International Day of the Nacho is observed on October 21 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday October 21 2023
Monday October 21 2024
Tuesday October 21 2025
Wednesday October 21 2026

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