5,000 Pounds of Nachos to Break the World Record in Las Cruces 2018
November 5, 2018, Las Cruces, NM -- 900 pounds of tortilla chips, 450 pounds of salsa, and 2,200 pounds of cheese are just a few of the ingredients that will make up the massive platter of record-breaking nachos that will be built in Las Cruces this coming weekend. On Saturday, November 10, downtown Las Cruces will see heaps of cheese, pounds of tortilla chips, and mountains of chile come together at “Noche de Nachos”, which aptly translates to “Night of the Nachos”. Nearly 5,000 pounds of nachos will be built for a hungry crowd of intrigued spectators.
Gates will open at 5:30pm at the Plaza de Las Cruces, with the nacho build and live entertainment also starting at 5:30pm. The official weight announcement will be at 8:00pm, with the headliner Grupo Status coming on at 8:30pm. The event will end at 10:00pm. Entry costs are $15 for adults, and free for children 12 and under. Your meal of the world’s largest nachos is included with entry, all-you-can-eat while supplies last. Cash bar available. Tickets available at Visit Las Cruces, the Rio Grande Theatre and online at visit www.DowntownLC.com and Eventbrite.com.
The current World Record for the largest nachos is a whopping 4,689 pounds, and was set in Lawrence, Kansas. “The moment I learned that Kansas held the record for the world’s largest nachos, I knew we’d be going for it. Las Cruces does so many things well and we simply refuse to be bested at nachos”, said Jennifer Bales, Director of Visit Las Cruces.
The Top 3 performers from the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference Student Showcase Competition will be performing, along with the winning vocalist of the Elisa Gastellum Scholarship and 2 ballet folklórico dance groups. The evening’s headliner, Grupo Status, a 25-person musical group from Ciudad Juarez, will bring an evening of entertainment to downtown Las Cruces. Grupo Status plays a diverse range of songs from salsa to rock and everything in between. Their eclectic and versatile sound will ensure that everyone is on their feet dancing the entire night.
The fiesta welcomes every Las Crucen to cheer on the massive and tasty endeavor as New Mexico takes on Kansas, while enjoying an evening of music, dancers, food trucks, and many, many nachos on the plaza. The day will also feature a screening of Nacho Libre at the Rio Grande Theatre at 3:00pm. Tickets to Nacho Libre are $5, or free with your Noche de Nachos ticket. Space is limited, and doors for the movie open at 2:00pm.
This fun and foodie-geared event will be hosted by the City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department, Visit Las Cruces, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the Mexican Consulate in El Paso, and The Game Sports Bar & Grill, with the help of several other local restaurant sponsors. The sponsors invite our neighbors from the surrounding communities of Hatch, El Paso, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, and beyond to cheer on the construction of the nachos.
New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said the event is the perfect opportunity to promote New Mexico food products. “Our state’s growers produce many high-quality foods, and our agriculture industry also offers numerous value-added products,” said Witte. “This event is ideal for showcasing many of the tasty, locally-sourced New Mexico products our ag industry has to offer. And when you put those products together, they create great food and great fun!”
The nacho ingredients will come from New Mexico – Taste the Tradition ® (TTT) and New Mexico – Grown with Tradition ® (GWT) program members. The New Mexico Department of Agriculture developed the TTT and GWT programs to identify and promote New Mexico agricultural products, including food, fiber, wine, produce, nuts and livestock through one, easily recognizable logo. On November 10, those New Mexico sourced products will make up one hefty batch of nachos.
Not only is Noche de Nachos a fun and competitive feat with all locally-sourced ingredients, but it is also one to help support our community. As attendees begin to be served the nachos after the official weigh in, 200 servings will also be prepared for the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission. The Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission provides emergency food and lodging services 24 hours every day, without the use of tax dollars, to help re-assimilate the less fortunate into productive society.
For more information contact Visit Las Cruces at 575-541-2444
PARKING AND ROAD CLOSURES
Due to road closures on Main Street and Griggs for the Veterans Day Parade, we recommend parking at the following lots:
- City Hall Parking Lot (N Campo/Picacho)
- Public lot at the corner of E Hadley Ave and N Campo St.
- Public lots on Church St. between E. Hadley Ave and Las Cruces Ave (near Instacopy)
- Bank of the West parking lot off of Church St.
- Main Street between Las Cruces Ave and Griggs Ave will be closed for the duration of the Noche de Nachos event
- Griggs Ave between Church St and Main St. will be closed for the duration of the Noche de Nachos event
Please follow all posted road closed and detour signs for your safety.