Meaning of nachos in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnatʃəʊz/

plural nounnacho

  • A dish of tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and often also with other savoury toppings.

    ‘he made us nachos and chicken fajitas’
    • ‘Entrées come with mixed greens, soup, nachos or pasta salad.’
    • ‘By now, the fans have had their fill of burgers, fries, pizza, wings and nachos.’
    • ‘A dream come true for all junk-food lovers with pizzas, burgers, nachos and nuggets.’
    • ‘Tacos, quesadillas, tamales, nachos and other side dishes are available for under four bucks.’
    • ‘Finally, after three orders of nachos, five pizzas, three club sandwiches, and a salad, I got my order.’
    • ‘It can also be used in various recipes like nachos, fajitas, quesadillas and fondues.’
    • ‘Use the crisp corn tortillas in dishes such as tacos and nachos.’
    • ‘Revellers enjoyed tables strewn with chocolates, cigars and flowers as well as the less traditionally romantic fare of pizza and nachos.’
    • ‘The door slid open and a wave of loud music as well as the smell of pizza and over cooked nachos hit them like a brick wall.’
    • ‘Not all cafes serve food, but the ones who do have snacks that consist of nachos and cheese, chips, and cake.’
    • ‘Place the nachos on a baking sheet and place into the oven.’
    • ‘Paul scooped up a nacho, covered in meat and cheese and popped it into his mouth, scooting the plate closer to me.’
    • ‘This is colourful salsa that is great with corn fritters, burritos and nachos - to name but a few.’
    • ‘Take those nachos, French fries and cinnamon rolls off the menu.’
    • ‘Other, less heart-stopping side dishes, are the nachos with salsa or the respectable, but not great, clam chowder.’
    • ‘The wind was blowing softly, carrying with it the scent of nachos and hamburgers.’
    • ‘In rebellion, Fin grabbed a nacho from the appetizer plate and shoved it in his mouth.’
    • ‘Or make nachos with refried black beans, baked tortilla chips and salsa.’
    • ‘The menu includes nachos, Cajun spicy chicken, Mexican salad, curries and pasta.’


1940s perhaps from Mexican SpanishNacho, pet form of Ignacio, the first name of the chef credited with creating the dish. An alternative derivation is from Spanish nacho ‘flat-nosed’.