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(Smithsonian Magazine)   Smithsonian historians tackle one of the more interesting topics of our time: the evolution of ballpark nachos   (blogs.smithsonianmag.com) divider line 65
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2013-05-15 08:53:22 AM  
I'm still unclear on who invented the nacho hat.

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2013-05-15 09:57:15 AM  
Minute Maid Park - Ballpark Nachos Supreme

Corn Tortilla Chips
Chili
Cheese sauce
Picante Sauce
Guacamole
Sour Cream
Red and green jalapenos

Delicious.

/Bring a crate of Tums.
 
2013-05-15 10:23:04 AM  
the beginning of the end for the nacho was the invention of "cheese sauce"

just use real cheese.  it's the difference between good and bad
 
2013-05-15 10:23:19 AM  
how does the cheese glow in the dark like it does?
 
Ant
2013-05-15 10:27:57 AM  

Astorix: how does the cheese glow in the dark like it does?


It's nacho business to know.
 
2013-05-15 10:29:03 AM  

UberDave: Minute Maid Park - Ballpark Nachos Supreme

Corn Tortilla Chips
Chili
Cheese sauce
Picante Sauce
Guacamole
Sour Cream
Red and green jalapenos

Delicious.

/Bring a crate of Tums.


Unfortunate ingredient: Houston Astros.
 
2013-05-15 10:31:53 AM  
I haven't eaten them in a while but they used to be at the top of my list of things that give me the most putrid room-clearing gas.
 
2013-05-15 10:32:16 AM  
At first glance, I thought she had a huge set of hooters.

blogs.smithsonianmag.com
 
2013-05-15 10:34:15 AM  
mmmmm nachos *drool*

i also quickly perused an article linked at the bottom concerning the lack of ice in beverages overseas. one of my favorite mundane subjects, and one of the reasons i had almost no culture shock upon arriving to my first duty station (ramstein) in the airforce, and HUGE culture shock when i went back home on leave.

i don't like ice in most beverages, especially if they are chilled prior to being poured in my cup. it's redundant to chill pre-chilled items, when it warms it waters-down the beverage, and it takes up room. the only exception i have at restaurants or at home is sweet iced tea.

i also prefer cold-from-the-tap water with no ice, or room temp bottled water.
 
2013-05-15 10:34:25 AM  
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2013-05-15 10:35:09 AM  
Nachos:

theheritagecook.com

Illegitimate horseshiate:

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2013-05-15 10:37:02 AM  
Ballpark nachos? Come to Busch to watch the Cards play and get yourself some pulled pork supreme nachos from the nacho bar on the concourse behind home plate.

Chips
Cheese Sauce
Taco/nacho beef
1/4 lb Pulled pork
BBQ Sauce
Sour cream
Red Onions
Jalapenos/black olives

Yes. So much yes. I try to avoid buying overpriced food/drinks at the park, but this is the one item I get every single time I go to a Cards game.
 
2013-05-15 10:37:16 AM  
Everybody knows Howard Cosell invented nachos.
 
2013-05-15 10:38:16 AM  

UberDave: Minute Maid Park - Ballpark Nachos Supreme

Corn Tortilla Chips
Chili
Cheese sauce
Picante Sauce
Guacamole
Sour Cream
Red and green jalapenos

Delicious.

/Bring a crate of Tums.


not ballpark nachos, but qdoba grilled chicken nachos with queso, shredded cheese, pinto beans, sour cream, pico de gallo, and cilantro, is a common lunch for me

closer to ballpark nachos: taco casa...yum!
 
2013-05-15 10:40:27 AM  

croesius: Nachos:

[theheritagecook.com image 750x612]

Illegitimate horseshiate:

[adweek.blogs.com image 800x600]


from where is the legitimate non-horseshiat? is that a particular restaurant? looks good!

but i also like the traditional, as you say "horseshiat", nachos
 
2013-05-15 10:42:32 AM  
If your nachos are evolving, you've got a problem.
 
2013-05-15 10:43:09 AM  

elchupacabra: If your nachos are evolving, you've got a problem.


probably has something to do with monsanto/gmo ingredients
 
2013-05-15 10:43:24 AM  
If I want the stadium nacho experience, I'll just snort a bunch of salt and eat the resulting boogers.

They're gross.
 
2013-05-15 10:44:56 AM  

poot_rootbeer: If I want the stadium nacho experience, I'll just snort a bunch of salt and eat the resulting boogers.

They're gross.


from personal knowledge, at a young age, thinking i was pretending to be a coke-snorting guy like on a tv show i watched (most likely miami vice), if you snort salt you will have no boogers
 
2013-05-15 10:45:22 AM  

croesius: Nachos:

[theheritagecook.com image 750x612]

Illegitimate horseshiate:

[adweek.blogs.com image 800x600]


Very true, and yet somehow I'm craving 'cheese product' now. I should probably eat something.
 
2013-05-15 10:47:34 AM  

pute kisses like a man: the beginning of the end for the nacho was the invention of "cheese sauce"

just use real cheese.  it's the difference between good and bad


This. Sometimes you fully expect to get these kinds of nachos, like at a bowling alley. They're terrible, but you weren't expecting great things, so meh.

But there is nothing worse than being in a restaurant, ordering a plate of nachos for an appetizer, and it comes out with "nacho cheese sauce."
 
2013-05-15 10:49:11 AM  
blog.zap2it.com

The evolution of the hotdog:  The BoomStick.

media.nbcdfw.com

And The BeltreBuster.
 
2013-05-15 10:50:25 AM  
I can get authentic Rico's "cheez" and chips at the grocery.

It's not as good as my homemade nachos. It's also the absolute perfect flavor on an Autumn weekend, when you're watching football. And it doesn't cost $9 a serving like it would at the stadium.
 
2013-05-15 10:52:57 AM  
And lo, the angel of the Lord descended, and bade that crawfish should be placed upon the nachos, and the people rejoiced.
 
2013-05-15 10:53:03 AM  
if I'm at the ballpark, I want the generic Ballpark nachos---round tortilla chips, cheese sauce , jalapenos-----at a mexican/tex-mex restaurant I want the fully loaded nachos with real cheese and all the trimmings. Is my brain linking the differnet senses with certain envronments? I don't know. It's like when I'm at home I don't want mcrowave popcorn with a movie---I want the "movie theatre popcorn"
 
2013-05-15 10:53:28 AM  
Miller Park nachos.

4.bp.blogspot.com


Gut buster...but you get to keep the helmet!
 
2013-05-15 10:54:10 AM  

bungle_jr: croesius: Nachos:

[theheritagecook.com image 750x612]

Illegitimate horseshiate:

[adweek.blogs.com image 800x600]

from where is the legitimate non-horseshiat? is that a particular restaurant? looks good!

It's from a GIS for best nachos...think it might just be stock
 
2013-05-15 10:55:17 AM  
Bad nachos are salted cardboard covered in "Cheez-flavored" rubber, and chili scavenged from a Taco Bell restroom.

Good nachos are proof that the universe is benign and wants us to be happy.
 
2013-05-15 10:55:22 AM  

Gonz: I can get authentic Rico's "cheez" and chips at the grocery.

It's not as good as my homemade nachos. It's also the absolute perfect flavor on an Autumn weekend, when you're watching football. And it doesn't cost $9 a serving like it would at the stadium.


i CAN do that. most of the grocery stores have that huge can of cheese sauce and they all have the tortilla chips. but i'm lazier, and pass by a taco casa daily. their regular nachos for less than $3.50 is a big serving of chips and cheez.
 
2013-05-15 10:55:38 AM  
I think they are more intelligently designed.
 
2013-05-15 10:56:39 AM  

bigmoneygrip: And lo, the angel of the Lord descended, and bade that crawfish should be placed upon the nachos, and the people rejoiced.


fc04.deviantart.net
 
2013-05-15 10:57:20 AM  

ladyfortuna: croesius: Nachos:

[theheritagecook.com image 750x612]

Illegitimate horseshiate:

[adweek.blogs.com image 800x600]

Very true, and yet somehow I'm craving 'cheese product' now. I should probably eat something.




I call those kind of nachos, "crappy nachos." Gigantic soda and "crappy nachos" please. Some say I'm rude for saying "crappy nachos," but the confused look on someones face once in a while, priceless.
 
2013-05-15 10:57:56 AM  
Nachos are the evolution Sox fans use to keep Kirk Gibson out of their brain waves
 
2013-05-15 10:59:36 AM  

blatz514: Miller Park nachos.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x524]


Gut buster...but you get to keep the helmet!


Why does the bowl only have one handle?
 
2013-05-15 11:05:35 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: blatz514: Miller Park nachos.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x524]


Gut buster...but you get to keep the helmet!

Why does the bowl only have one handle?


That would be the lid of the helmet.
 
2013-05-15 11:10:52 AM  

blatz514: StoPPeRmobile: blatz514: Miller Park nachos.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x524]


Gut buster...but you get to keep the helmet!

Why does the bowl only have one handle?

That would be the lid of the helmet.


No, I think he was asking a sort of zen koan.  Like, why does the caged falcon turn only clockwise?
 
2013-05-15 11:12:41 AM  

bungle_jr: Gonz: I can get authentic Rico's "cheez" and chips at the grocery.

It's not as good as my homemade nachos. It's also the absolute perfect flavor on an Autumn weekend, when you're watching football. And it doesn't cost $9 a serving like it would at the stadium.

i CAN do that. most of the grocery stores have that huge can of cheese sauce and they all have the tortilla chips. but i'm lazier, and pass by a taco casa daily. their regular nachos for less than $3.50 is a big serving of chips and cheez.


http://www.ricos.com/p-176-35oz-nacho-cheese-sauce-portion-cup-4pack.a spx

Each cup is basically the concession stand plastic tray serving size.

Portability is awesome.
 
2013-05-15 11:13:33 AM  

bill4935: blatz514: StoPPeRmobile: blatz514: Miller Park nachos.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x524]


Gut buster...but you get to keep the helmet!

Why does the bowl only have one handle?

That would be the lid of the helmet.

No, I think he was asking a sort of zen koan.  Like, why does the caged falcon turn only clockwise?



Cheater! You like know, things and stuff.
 
2013-05-15 11:20:32 AM  
My great uncle, Ignacio Anaya. No joke.

/does this make me cool?
 
2013-05-15 11:21:53 AM  

Gonz: bungle_jr: Gonz: I can get authentic Rico's "cheez" and chips at the grocery.

It's not as good as my homemade nachos. It's also the absolute perfect flavor on an Autumn weekend, when you're watching football. And it doesn't cost $9 a serving like it would at the stadium.

i CAN do that. most of the grocery stores have that huge can of cheese sauce and they all have the tortilla chips. but i'm lazier, and pass by a taco casa daily. their regular nachos for less than $3.50 is a big serving of chips and cheez.

http://www.ricos.com/p-176-35oz-nacho-cheese-sauce-portion-cup-4pack. a spx

Each cup is basically the concession stand plastic tray serving size.

Portability is awesome.


nice to know :)
 
2013-05-15 11:23:01 AM  

Anayalator: Ignacio Anaya


somewhat. the fark handle "anayalator" helps.
 
2013-05-15 11:26:56 AM  

browntimmy: I haven't eaten them in a while but they used to be at the top of my list of things that give me the most putrid room-clearing gas.


Thanks for sharing.
 
2013-05-15 11:27:35 AM  
Standard Sunday football-watching lunch:

Plate o' chips
Shred colby and jack mixed on top
sprinkle with chopped green onion
sprinkle with browned soy chorizo
Repeat in layers as required
add sliced jalapenos on top

Put in the oven to melt the cheese throughout and then broil at the end to toast the top.

Serve with sour cream and/or guac and hot sauce/salsa of choice.  Choice around the Wraithmare household is Ring of Fire.

Sure it's a bit of work but beats the hell out of liquid cheese.
 
2013-05-15 11:28:57 AM  
BBQ nachos FTW.

At Memphis Redbirds games its chips, Rendezvous pulled pork, cheese, BBQ sauce and dry rub.

Beyond awesome.
 
2013-05-15 11:29:52 AM  

bill4935: blatz514: StoPPeRmobile: blatz514: Miller Park nachos.

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 850x524]


Gut buster...but you get to keep the helmet!

Why does the bowl only have one handle?

That would be the lid of the helmet.

No, I think he was asking a sort of zen koan.  Like, why does the caged falcon turn only clockwise?


2.bp.blogspot.com

I'm so stupid!
 
2013-05-15 11:30:10 AM  
There's an Irish pub up the road from my office. They make their own potato chips (lots of places in Vegas do), and then load 'em up with all kinds off good stuff....black olives, chicken, cheese, sour cream, etc. They are delicious, and the portion sizes are GINORMOUS.
 
2013-05-15 11:30:20 AM  
nachosny.com
 
2013-05-15 11:34:06 AM  
I always wanted to open a restaurant that serves Mexican food and soul food. I'd call the place NACHO MAMA.
 
2013-05-15 11:35:53 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I always wanted to open a restaurant that serves Mexican food and soul food. I'd call the place NACHO MAMA.


i am now stealing your idea. look for it to be opened soon in ft worth

it'll be a food truck, since those, i think, are still trendy
 
2013-05-15 11:38:38 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I always wanted to open a restaurant that serves Mexican food and soul food. I'd call the place NACHO MAMA.


shutupandtakemymoney.jpg

/Seriously
 
2013-05-15 11:49:07 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I always wanted to open a restaurant that serves Mexican food and soul food. I'd call the place NACHO MAMA.


I always wanted to make a Deli, and cash in on the Ben & Jerry's / Mellow Mushroom hippy vibe.

I'd call it the Psychedelicatessen.

Either that, or open a Korean/Southern fusion restaurant called Seoul Food.
 
2013-05-15 11:52:23 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: [blog.zap2it.com image 520x299]

The evolution of the hotdog:  The BoomStick.

[media.nbcdfw.com image 654x368]

And The BeltreBuster.


Have you had the Ross-some Nachos? Freaking Superb.
 
2013-05-15 11:52:31 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: I always wanted to open a restaurant that serves Mexican food and soul food. I'd call the place NACHO MAMA.


bungle_jr: Sin_City_Superhero: I always wanted to open a restaurant that serves Mexican food and soul food. I'd call the place NACHO MAMA.

i am now stealing your idea. look for it to be opened soon in ft worth

it'll be a food truck, since those, i think, are still trendy


http://www.nachomamas-stl.com/

No soul food, but cheap margaritas and their "Fajitas for One" generally serves three. Amusingly, it's about a block away from the "famous" Mexican place in STL and is damn near infinitely superior.

/or go to El Indio another two blocks west on Manchester
//their queso is fantastic
 
2013-05-15 11:59:53 AM  

grinding_journalist: Sin_City_Superhero: I always wanted to open a restaurant that serves Mexican food and soul food. I'd call the place NACHO MAMA.

bungle_jr: Sin_City_Superhero: I always wanted to open a restaurant that serves Mexican food and soul food. I'd call the place NACHO MAMA.

i am now stealing your idea. look for it to be opened soon in ft worth

it'll be a food truck, since those, i think, are still trendy

http://www.nachomamas-stl.com/

No soul food, but cheap margaritas and their "Fajitas for One" generally serves three. Amusingly, it's about a block away from the "famous" Mexican place in STL and is damn near infinitely superior.

/or go to El Indio another two blocks west on Manchester
//their queso is fantastic


when i first went to batesville, arkansas, i went to a restaurant called el acapulco. i was REALLY hungry, and ordered the double order of fajitas. i was comparing prices to other restaurants where i may have ordered fajitas, and thought the double was MAYBE $1 or so more than the single order at other places, so i figured the portion sizes maybe small

i should've known when the waiter was bewildered at my ordering this just for myself

i ate on that plate till i was full. then i took it home and ate on it for 2 other meals. then i still had some leftovers that never got eaten.
 
2013-05-15 12:03:30 PM  
bungle_jr:   "... i ate on that plate till i was full. then i took it home and ate on it for 2 other meals. then i still had some leftovers that never got eaten."

You sound fat.
 
2013-05-15 12:27:48 PM  
Once upon a time I used to love those low-budget Nachos. But then, 30 years ago, I worked in a c-store that sold Nachos and used one of those pump dispensers

www.sfparty.com

...for the cheese sauce, and after seeing what happens inside those things when the hot water jacket isn't changed a couple times a day or when the entire pump isn't completely disassembled, cleaned and sanitized at least every day, I haven't been able to stomach them. It's a microbiological nightmare in there.

The hot water bath starts to smell like vomit after a couple hours. Somewhere around the second day after cleaning this slimy black ... thing starts growing around the pump check valve's spring and ball bearing.

Where I worked I was the only guy who took the time to disassemble that thing every day, most of the time. I don't expect most places that sell Nachos are much different. If you like sauce nachos you should probably stick to places with disposable bag dispensers, like the Gehl's dispensers you see around this part of the country.
 
2013-05-15 12:32:46 PM  

Beerguy: browntimmy: I haven't eaten them in a while but they used to be at the top of my list of things that give me the most putrid room-clearing gas.

Thanks for sharing.


You're welcome. Since you're interested, you might also like to know that sometimes this would also lead to painful colon squirts. Like the kind where afterwards there's so much dung coating your asscrack that it gets on your hand when you try and wipe. And you use so much toilet paper it causes the toilet to stop up with brown water.
 
2013-05-15 12:33:58 PM  
i.ytimg.com
'You're taking all the nachos!'
"Dude, if the nachos get stuck together, then it's like, one nacho."
 
2013-05-15 12:39:18 PM  

Sybarite: I'm still unclear on who invented the nacho hat.

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When I used to have a CCTV business, our camera supplier would hold an annual Christmas party in New Orleans. One year he held a dinner at the N.O. Aquarium. There was various food stations you could visit all over the place, but he also had paid a midget to walk around with a nacho hat. The hat was plastic, but it had nachos on the rim, and dip in the middle. You'd call for the little dude to hold up, walk over, grab some nachos, dip them in the hat, and continue on with what you were doing. It was probably a little demeaning, but he got paid like $5k for one night, and $5,000 buys you a lot of self respect.
 
2013-05-15 12:51:10 PM  
The very first time I had nachos was at Ranger stadium in Arlington. It had to be in 75 because I had turned 18 and had a beer with them at the stadium.  We then proceeded to make them at home with longhorn cheddar and put a jalapeno slice on each and every chip and bake em in the oven. Thus began my long history with spicy food.
 
2013-05-15 12:51:36 PM  

wraithmare: Standard Sunday football-watching lunch:

Plate o' chips
Shred colby and jack mixed on top
sprinkle with chopped green onion
sprinkle with browned soy chorizo
Repeat in layers as required
add sliced jalapenos on top

Put in the oven to melt the cheese throughout and then broil at the end to toast the top.

Serve with sour cream and/or guac and hot sauce/salsa of choice.  Choice around the Wraithmare household is Ring of Fire.

Sure it's a bit of work but beats the hell out of liquid cheese.



Sure you're not watching project runway?
/ I keed I keed
 
2013-05-15 01:42:58 PM  

Anayalator: /does this make me cool?


It makes your Fark cool, which is another type of cool altogether.
 
2013-05-15 01:57:01 PM  
I've come to the conclusion that nachos do not photograph well
 
2013-05-15 02:39:26 PM  

netcentric: bungle_jr:   "... i ate on that plate till i was full. then i took it home and ate on it for 2 other meals. then i still had some leftovers that never got eaten."

You sound fat.


while i am, indeed, overweight, i don't quite comprehend how you assumed that by my inability to finish off fajitas after 3 attempts.
 
2013-05-15 04:08:45 PM  
Show your body self more respect and don't eat that shait. Baseball stadium, convenience store, etc. nachos are farking gross.
 
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