Grab some chips and queso because Nov. 6 is National Nacho Day. The story behind the tasty snack served at sports stadiums and restaurants across the country begins in a small town in northern Mexico. The first nachos were created 80 years ago, in 1943, in a small town called Piedras Negras in Coahuila. Residents in the small town even created a 3-day event called the International Nacho Festival, according to Latinousa.org
While there may be some debate about the origins of nachos, there’s no debate about how tasty and good the snack is. Here are the top restaurants that have the best nachos in El Paso.
The Tap Bar and Restaurant
The Tap Bar and Restaurant is located at 408 E San Antonio Ave., in Downtown El Paso. The business prides itself on having the best nachos in America. The dish features cheese, tomato, beans, and other ingredients. You can add other ingredients to your nachos, like chicken or brisket. The plates are large enough to share with friends or family. The Tap Bar and Restaurant is open daily at 9 a.m. except on Sundays when it opens at 10 a.m. For more information about business hours, click here.
Kiki’s Mexican Restaurant
Kiki’s Mexican Restaurant is located at 2719 N. Piedras St. in Central El Paso. The restaurant was founded in 1976 and is known for its machaca, green chicken enchiladas and mole. The restaurant also has another delicious meal on its menu, you guessed it, nachos. You can order basic nachos that come with beans, cheese, and jalapenos, or if you’re feeling a little daring, you can get the nacho supreme, which includes beans, cheese, jalapenos, beef or chicken, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream.
Kiki’s is open every day except on Tuesdays, starting at 10:30 a.m. For more information and to see their menu, click here.
Carlos and Mickey’s Mexican Restaurant
Carlos and Mickey’s Mexican Restaurant sells a variety of nachos plates. You can choose the classic beans and cheese or add other toppings to your treat. One popular item is the nachos grande, which comes with your choice of chicken, beef, or a combination of both. You’ll also get beans, cheese and jalapeños. This plate is large enough to get your stomach full if you’re eating it alone, but if not, there’s plenty to share with friends and family. Carlos and Mickey’s Restaurant is located at 1310 Magruder St., near Bassett Place. The restaurant is open every day starting at 11 a.m.
Clasico Kitchen Bar
Clasico Kitchen Bar has grown throughout El Paso with locations in West, Central and far East El Paso. One of the menu items many customers recommend is the super nachos. These nachos are loaded with a mountain of toppings stacked on tortilla chips. It’s a perfect meal to get when watching a football game or even when you have a small gathering. Clasico Kitchen Bar is open every day starting at 10 a.m. For the full menu, click here.
Another local favorite place to get your nachos fix is Track One in Central El Paso.
This unique place set in a train, no joke, also sells a variety of nachos to suit your taste. Like other places, you can keep it basic with cheese and beans. If you’re looking for more protein, you can try out the chicken nachos, which includes chunks of chicken, tomatoes and jalapeños. If spice is more your taste, you can try out the killer nachos, which come with fresh Pico de Gallo, jalapeños, onions and a whole lot of spices. Track one is located at 1330 Buffalo Soldier Road, near Montana Avenue. To check out the menu and for hours, click here.
The old place by the graveyard is still busy to this day, and one reason is because the food is so good. L&J Café is located at 3622 Missouri Ave., near Concordia Cemetery ― the local business dates back to 1927. The long-standing business serves nachos with its unique recipe that stands out from the others. The combination of cheeses is what makes this meal satisfying. It also includes traditional items like beans and jalapeños. To order online and for business hours, click here.
If you’re not in the mood to dine out, you can check out the local Vista Markets around the city. The stores sell an excellent selection of chile con queso. The chips aren’t that bad, either. You can then top it off with anything your creative mind can think of, like brisket, beans, or even get daring, like adding Hot Cheetos. Why not? It’s National Nacho Day. Enjoy it!
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