Commodity Nachos Invented in Texas: Now They're Absolutely Everywhere.

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Every now and then Food & Think, the edacious blog of Smithsonian Magazine, delves deep into the history of some food thing and the results are usually good. Just a few weeks ago they devoted a column to the history of the kolache in Texas. Today they tackle the history of nachos -- ballpark nachos specifically.

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It's almost common knowledge that they were invented in Arlington, but the tale of their design is told in great detail in the Smithsonian piece. The snack was loosely based on "Nachos Especiales," a dish created in Piedras Negras, Mexico, and reportedly made with (gasp!) real Wisconsin cheddar.

In 1976, at a Texas Rangers baseball home game, concessionaire Frank Liberto squeezed every last penny of profit he could out of the snack. He diluted the cheese sauce with water to make it dispensable from a pump and added a little juice from canned pickled jalapeños to give it a little kick.

The results are an easy way for any concession stand to make money fast. Rip open a bag of commodity tortilla chips, depress cheese dispenser, add a few jalapeño slices and collect five bucks. Now they're at movie theaters, state fairs, sporting events, convenience stores and everywhere businesses are looking to get customers in and out as quickly a possible. And yet, they are somehow delicious.


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Nictacular
Nictacular

Man that stuff is so gnarly...

I can't keep away from the nachos at the Ballpark, though. Just can't.

Bobtex
Bobtex

I can't quarrel with anything in this post--except for the last sentence, which is totally, completely, indisputably false.  They are not delicious.  There are many delicious versions of nachos to be found everywhere that tortilla chips may be found, but the crap they put into those little baskets is not, not, not delicious.  Actually, unless one is stoned or drunk, they are not even close to edible.  They are made with imitation cheese something, and if they could find a way to make imitation tortilla chips, they would. Please don't insult the real nacho by comparing it to yellow crap on a chip.

Toasty's Trips
Toasty's Trips

Made the mistake of buying nacho supplies (cheese, chips and jalapenos) in bulk from Sam's once.. never again!

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Scott M. Congrats on your Top Commenter Status. Are there any perks?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Scott basically took all of our comments from yesterdays nacho blog and combined them into a finely penned blog today.  I think I speak for all the commenters yesterday, your welcome for allowing us to write this nacho blog for you.


Now I wish I hadnt wasted my story of ballpark nachos memories on yesterdays blog.  It would have fit perfectly here today

SpellingBeeChamp
SpellingBeeChamp

Let's get it out of the way...There are (2) M's in "Commodity"...You're welcome...

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Yup.....ya gotta be top from here on out.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Hey, me too. Can't wait to see Kerg's title.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Kergs busy...I'm Sharon somethin him. :-)

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@primi_timpano poor Kergs, doesnt have have top commenter yet.  and Why does Chrome think commenter is misspelled 

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

We should go snipe hunting soon my friend.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@primi_timpano I got it to work on my Galaxy sIII, once it actually accepted my login its worked fine since, but it took weeks for my login to actually work.  And this Livefyre works way better on Chrome Desktop than IE for sure, but I noticed IE on windows8 is much better than previous verisons, doesnt lock up like the older versions

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

No idea about the spelling, but chrome is the only phone browser that works with the crappy, unstable livefire software.

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