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May 8, 2008 04:39 PM

Are nachos Mexican?

My mother (Mexican) always told me they were not, but she was often wrong about such things.

I checked out the supposed "origin" of nachos on Wikipedia and found it dubious, at best:

If anyone possesses nacho knowledge, please step forward.

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      1. I think the story in Wikepedia may be true. In No Reservations on the Travel Channel, Bourdain talked about the origin of the nacho.

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        1. re: Miss Needle

          And I'm certain that story is false and was simply a backboard for Bourdain's disdain for American tastes for certain foods.

          It's very rare (if not impossible) for a dish to have a single origin then to spread nation-wide. In most cases, the dish has to have been served at multiple restaurants or be regionally-motivated (that is, something easily made with ingredients on hand). There is no way the "No Reservations" story represents the true origin of nachos.

          Also, seriously, how much inspiration does it take to think of topping crispy chips with cheese? It's one of those things multiple people thought of, not just one guy catering to a diplomat's wife.

        2. ¡Hay, que vergüenza! ¡Ninguna madre nunca esta equivocada!

          What shame! No mother is ever wrong!

          1. another culinary moment that would be well set to "thus spake zarathustra"