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National Nacho Day – Learn Fun Facts about Nachos to Celebrate!

November 6 is the perfect day to make a big plate of nachos, because it’s National Nacho Day! If you need recipe inspiration, scroll to the bottom of the page to get our easy nachos recipe.

This flavorful appetizer hails from Mexico and makes a great snack during the Super Bowl, Cinco De Mayo, and of course National Nacho Day! 

National Nachos Day is one of the many days dedicated to Mexican food. Some others are National Guacamole Day, National Tortilla Chip DayNational Burrito Day, National Taco Day, National Quesadilla Day and National Chimichanga Day.

National days are a fun way to celebrate foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Be sure to check out this national days guide for information about the history of national days and why we celebrate them.

Keep reading to learn some fun facts about nachos for National Nacho Day, and to find creative ways to celebrate this November food day.

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Fun facts about Nachos for National Nacho Day

Want to impress your friends with some nacho facts on this November 6 national day? Check out the fun facts about nachos and their history below.

  • The first nachos were invented in 1943 by Ignacio Anaya García.
  • Though nachos can have a wide range of toppings, the first recipe for nachos consisted of tortilla chips which were topped with cheese and jalapeños, and then broiled.
  • Ignacio Anaya García created these nachos for a restaurant called The Victory Club in Piedras Negras, Mexico, where he was the maître d’.
  • They were named “nachos” because Nacho is a nickname for the name Ignacio!
  • In addition to National Nachos Day, there is also an International Nacho Day (also known as International Day of the Nacho) which is celebrated on October 21.
  • Piedras Negras holds a four day nacho festival in October to celebrate the International Day of the Nacho.
  • When Ignacio Anaya García died in 1975, the town of Piedras Negras honored him with a bronze plaque.
  • In 1976 Frank Liberto made a modified version of nachos called “ballpark nachos” (often served at baseball and football games) using nacho cheese sauce. 

How to celebrate National Nachos Day

Would you like to celebrate National Nachos Day in a special way? Try one of the ideas below.

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  • Make your own nachos today using the homemade nachos recipe at the bottom of this post.
  • Head out to your favorite Mexican restaurant and order a plate of nachos. We recommend asking the bartender to make you a margarita or michelada to accompany your meal!
  • Host a nacho party with a DIY nacho bar, where you guests can make their own versions of nachos with different toppings!
  • Get the cookbook called Nachos for Dinner, which includes creative nachos recipes like scallion pancake nachos, and cheesecake nachos!
  • Take a trip to Piedras Negras, Mexico, the birthplace of nachos.

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More November 6 national days

Did you enjoy learning about National Nacho Day? You’ll be excited to know that there are over 150 national days in November to enjoy! Like National Nachos Day, many of the observances are national food days.

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There are also three other national days that occur on this date! Here is a complete list of all the November 6 national days:

  • National Nachos Day
  • National Saxophone Day
  • Basketball Day
  • Marooned Without a Compass Day

Make sure to watch our YouTube video to learn about more national food days in November.

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Yield: 6 servings

Easy Nachos Recipe

A circular plate filled with a homemade nachos recipe that has tortilla chips with ground beef, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cheese, kidney beans, avocado and corn on top, with a small ramekin of guacamole on top garnished with cilantro and more diced tomatoes.

If you're looking for an easy nachos recipe that will please a crowd, try making these homemade nachos!

It's a low effort sheet pan meal that tastes delicious.

This homemade nachos recipe is easily customizeable. It comes with ground beef on it, but you can switch the protein to chicken if you prefer, or omit it entirely to make vegetarian nachos.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 bag (12 oz) of tortilla chips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced jalapenos
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a sauté pan, add one tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add 1 pound of ground beef to the pan.
  4. Season with 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning.
  5. Break apart the meat by stirring, and sauté until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  6. In a rectangular baking pan, add the tortilla chips.
  7. Add the cooked ground beef and jalapeños on the tortilla chips.
  8. Top with the cheese, distributing evenly.
  9. Bake until the cheese is melted, and the chips are toasted, about 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven, and spread the cilantro and pico de gallo evenly over the top.
  11. Using a spoon, put dollops of the guacamole on top of the nachos.
  12. Serve immediately!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 508Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 761mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 35g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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