The Ultimate Los Angeles Nachos? Thai Flavors, Hummus & Guacamole?
We actually haven't tried this recipe out, but a guest writer over at NachosNY, a blog that came from one man's love of the scrumptious snack, takes on what Los Angeles nachos should be all about:
While sitting in traffic behind a guy driving a car worth about as much as all my organs on the black market, I get a yearning for sanity, and some high quality cuisine for a low-quality price. Enter Nachos Con Los Angeles: melting pot that it is, you gotta pull the best of the best from the East and the West, culminating in a crossover cuisine explosion. This is LA, after all, fertile crescent of import cuisine and crossover whathaveyou. Basically, with not much effort, you can find some high quality ‘chos here. I mean, c’mon, it’s Los Angeles, we used to be owned by Mexico - how can you go wrong? Start at the bottom of the plate (with all the interns) by layering some black beans and garbanzos, a couple small falafels, and maybe even some favas for good measure. Toss on your first layer of organic pepper jack cheese (from happy cows, of course). Scramble a huevo (or 6) and toss em in, chopped and peppered. Cover with locally made tortilla chips, another layer of cheese, and nuke it for a minute or so. Piping hot, smother in fresh guac and pico de gallo, drenching everything in lime juice. Top off with some chopped Thai salad and a sprinkle of Cholula Sauce. Mixing it up, dab a bit of hummus on one side. Add a 12-pack and the beach and you are jet-set. Gimme a ring, I’ll have my people call your people.
Also: there recently was some debate on if nachos were invented in Los Angeles or not. Carmen Rocha is credited with introducing nachos to Los Angeles in 1959 when she brought a recipe from her Texas hometown to the restaurant El Chollo. When she died in October, some media reports said she was the inventor of nachos, but that's not true says Travel Channel's chef Anthony Bourdain. Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya allegedly made the first nachos in 1943 in Piedras Negras.