National Nacho Day and Food Safety Awareness

National Nacho Day is November 6th and it’s a fiesta for nacho lovers. Nachos can range from plain to spicy, served alone as a snack, or with a whole range of toppings.

The first plate of nachos was served in 1943 at a restaurant, owned by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya, located on the border between Piedras Negras, Mexico and Eagle Pass, Texas.

The popularity of the new dish spread swiftly throughout Texas and the Southwest and has since gained millions of fans across America.

Nachos with an abundance of toppings are often called loaded nachos, super nachos or nachos supreme.  Some favorite nachos toppings are refried beans, ground beef, shredded beef, chicken, seafood, shredded cheese, jalapeno peppers, green pepper,  lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, onion, sour cream and guacamole.

Prepare some nachos to enjoy and use #NationalNachosDay to post on social media. Also, view restaurant deals to help you celebrate National Nachos Day (See below).

The Four Food Safety Steps: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill

If you plan on having your own fiesta and making your world famous nachos – it’s a good time to brush up on food safety and the proper procedures of preparing and serving.

Clean

Wash hands and surfaces often

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food and after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and handling pets.
  • Wash your cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and counter tops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item.
  • Consider using paper towels to clean up kitchen surfaces. If you use cloth towels, launder them often in the hot cycle.
  • Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water, including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten. Scrub firm produce with a clean produce brush.
  • With canned goods, remember to clean lids before opening.
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Separate

Separate raw meats from other foods

  • Separate raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs from other foods in your grocery shopping cart, grocery bags, and refrigerator.
  • Use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
  • Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry, seafood, or eggs unless the plate has been washed in hot, soapy water.
  • Don’t reuse marinades used on raw foods unless you bring them to a boil first.

Cook

Cook to the right temperature

  • Color and texture are unreliable indicators of safety. Using a food thermometer is the only way to ensure the safety of meat, poultry, seafood, and egg products for all cooking methods. These foods must be cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature to destroy any harmful bacteria.
  • Cook eggs until the yolk and white are firm. Only use recipes in which eggs are cooked or heated thoroughly.
  • When cooking in a microwave oven, cover food, stir, and rotate for even cooking. If there is no turntable, rotate the dish by hand once or twice during cooking. Always allow standing time, which completes the cooking, before checking the internal temperature with a food thermometer.
  • Bring sauces, soups and gravy to a boil when reheating.

Chill

Refrigerate foods promptly

  • Use an appliance thermometer to be sure the temperature is consistently 40° F or below and the freezer temperature is 0° F or below.
  • Refrigerate or freeze meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, and other perishables within 2 hours of cooking or purchasing. Refrigerate within 1 hour if the temperature outside is above 90° F.
  • Never thaw food at room temperature, such as on the counter top. There are three safe ways to defrost food: in the refrigerator, in cold water, and in the microwave. Food thawed in cold water or in the microwave should be cooked immediately.
  • Always marinate food in the refrigerator.
  • Divide large amounts of leftovers into shallow containers for quicker cooling in the refrigerator.

Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures

Use this chart and a food thermometer to ensure that meat, poultry, seafood, and other cooked foods reach a safe minimum internal temperature.

 

Remember, you can’t tell whether meat is safely cooked by looking at it. Any cooked, uncured red meats – including pork – can be pink, even when the meat has reached a safe internal temperature.

Category Food Temperature (°F)  Rest Time 
Ground Meat & Meat Mixtures Beef, Pork, Veal, Lamb 160 None
Turkey, Chicken 165 None
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb Steaks, roasts, chops 145 3 minutes
Poultry Chicken & Turkey, whole 165 None
Poultry breasts, roasts 165 None
Poultry thighs, legs, wings 165 None
Duck & Goose 165 None
Stuffing (cooked alone or in bird) 165 None
Pork and Ham Fresh pork 145 3 minutes
Fresh ham (raw) 145 3 minutes
Precooked ham (to reheat) 140 None
Eggs & Egg Dishes Eggs Cook until yolk and white are firm None
Egg dishes 160 None
Leftovers & Casseroles Leftovers 165 None
Casseroles 165 None
Seafood Fin Fish 145 or cook until flesh is opaque and separates easily with a fork. None
Shrimp, lobster, and crabs Cook until flesh is pearly and opaque. None
Clams, oysters, and mussels Cook until shells open during cooking. None
Scallops Cook until flesh is milky white or opaque and firm. None

Nation Nacho Day Deals:

Here are some restaurant deals to help you celebrate #NationalNachosDay:

On The Border: 50% Off Nachos

On the Border will be celebrating National Nachos Day with 50 percent off your favorite nachos. You can choose between Stacked Nachos or Grande Fajita Nachos, which are both half price. The offer is good for eat-in or take-out orders. This offer is only available on Monday, November 6 at participating locations.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill: $5 Nachos
With the purchase of any entree, guests can get a full order of cheese nachos for $5 or chicken nachos for $6 at Rubio’s Coastal Grill. The coupon for the deal can be found here. National Nachos Day and the deal only come once a year.

This offer is only value on Monday, November 6 at participating locations. It’s only valid in store, so no online orders. The coupon is limited to 1 coupon per person per visit, which means that everyone at your table can take care of the order. Rubio’s Coastal Grill has locations around the U.S.

La Margarita: New Nacho Recipes
While La Margarita may not be offering any specific specials for National Nachos Day, the restaurant is offering new Rib Eye Nachos and “El Compadre” Nachos on November 6 only.

Quick Time Burritos & Tacos: Quick Time Burritos and Tacos in Grand Rapids, Michigan will be offering specials on nachos for Nacho Monday. Their special recipes include bacon queso nachos and chips and cheese supreme.

Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar: Houlihan’s will be offering $5.75 Chipotle Chicken Nachos all day on Monday, November 6.

Matador Restaurants: Matador Restaurants will be offering their Grande Nachos at Happy Hour price all day on Monday, November 6.