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July 18, 2013

From quick snack to worldwide sensation

The crunch, crunch, crunch of nachos are satisfying to munchers and can be heard a mile away it seems. Did you ever wonder how they got started? It is believed that nachos got their start during the 1940s in a Mexican restaurant. Chef Ignacio Nacho was a chef at the Victory Club in Piedras Negras, Mexico. 

While waiting for lunch, some diners wanted a snack to go along with their drinks. Chef Nacho’s pantry was nearly bare, so he quickly concocted a snack by toasting some corn tortillas and topping them with cheese and a slice of jalapeno. The tasty snack quickly caught on with people. 

They have now taken on a life of their own and recipes for dishes using nachos number in the hundreds. Much like the humble beginnings of the potato chip, it takes just one person to develop a recipe that shakes up taste buds and becomes a sensation.


Summer is a time to eat all the fresh fruits and vegetables available from your garden or the farmer’s market, and enjoy cooking on the barbecue. Eating fresh foods also helps you lose weight or keep it off. You can find some great recipes in these books:

“Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook” features updated recipes using fresh ingredients. This popular diet plan now has a wide variety of dishes you can cook. Main dish, vegetables, vegetarian, desserts and more are offered along with nutritional information and how-to tips.

You’ll find more than 100 recipes in “The Drop 10 Diet Cookbook” by Lucy Danziger. Covering all three meals as well as snacks and drinks, the food and recipes are designed with healthy eating in mind. Easy recipes can be made for one or a whole family. Learn how to stock your pantry for easy weight loss, too.

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