A lot of people have no idea a man named Nacho invented the world’s favorite snack. Folks often ask how I found out.
Well, I was making a batch of nachos at home, when I thought, Hmm, I wonder who invented these? The internet revealed that Ignacio Anaya—nicknamed Nacho—was the inventor. Beyond that, there wasn’t much agreement.
So I traveled to the border town of Piedras Negras in Mexico, where nachos were invented. Everyone I met was incredibly generous, going out of their way to help tell the story. They found photographs, demonstrated how the original version was made, and then descendants of Nacho and others answered my many questions through emails. I also discovered two newspaper articles on microfilm, for which Nacho himself was interviewed. Oliver Dominguez then created gorgeous illustrations for a 1940s vibe, and it all became Nacho’s Nachos: The Story Behind the World's Favorite Snack.