National nachos day
November 6th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

This is nacho average Tuesday - November 6 is, more importantly, Election Day, but it's also National Nachos Day!

Nachos originated in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras. In the 1940s, legend has it that military wives from the nearby Fort Duncan went to a small hotel restaurant for a bite to eat. Even though the place had closed for the day, maitre d' Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya took pity on the women's hunger pangs and made them a snack. Not being a cook, all he could come up with was tortilla chips topped with cheese and jalapeño slices.

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Nacho average nachos
October 16th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to get our grub on, we listen up.

It’s about time someone broke the world record for the largest serving of nachos. The honors went to Ninety Nine restaurant group, in Billerica, Massachusetts: The nachos they assembled on a 70-foot table required four teams to layer the chips, cheeses, chili, salsa and sour cream, with one team wielding giant torch guns to melt the Monterey Jack and cheddar. The nachos weighed in at 3,999 pounds. (Seriously? With a few extra jalapeños, they could have gotten to an even two tons.)

Here’s a look at some other amazing efforts in the world of nachos.

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