Ignacio Anaya

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Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya (c. 1894 – 1975) was a Mexican restaurateur believed to be the inventor of nachos. Anaya owned a restaurant called El Moderno in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas. Around 1943 he began serving fried tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and jalapeño peppers at the restaurant, calling them "Nacho's Especiales".[1][2]


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