Be a Part of The Challenge as New Mexico takes on Kansas for the World Record.
Come on down and join the fun on Saturday, November 10 as Las Cruces sets out to break the record for the World’s Largest Nachos, which at 4,689 pounds of nachos is currently held by Lawrence, Kansas.
Cheer your hometown on as Las Cruces turns heaps of cheese, pounds of tortilla chips, and mountains of chile into the world’s largest nachos. And we mean heaps!
What goes into 5,000 pounds of nachos?
How about 900 pounds of nacho chips, 450 pounds of salsa, 330 pounds of tomato, 200 pounds of burger meat, 600 pounds of cooked pinto beans, 2200 pounds of cheese…and a whole lot of jalapenos and green chile.
“Noche de Nachos”, which aptly translates to “Night of the Nachos”, will take place in downtown Las Cruces where nearly 5,000 pounds of nachos will be built for a crowd of intrigued spectators.
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, local artisans, food trucks, and nachos on the plaza.
International Mariachi Showcase and Ballet Folklorico
The top 3 performers from the International Mariachi Conference Student Showcase Competition will be performing along with a winning vocalist and 2 ballet folklorico dance groups.
The Las Cruces Mariachi Conference (LCIMC) has been a Las Cruces staple for 24 years. Each November the community celebrates and appreciates the cultural and visual arts during a five-day conference. LCIMC will offer youth and adults five fun days of activities, including educational workshops in Mariachi Music and Folkloric Dance, both formal and informal performance opportunities, and concerts and a fiesta in a local park setting.
The evening’s headliner will bring a wide variety of music to the stage.
A few of their talents include rock-and-roll, oldies, cumbias, and as if the evening won’t have enough of it already, salsa as well.
Bring your dancing shoes because they guarantee to get any crowd moving with their atmosphere of fun and rhythm.
Nacho Libre – Nachoooooo!
There are good movies and there are GREAT movies and Nacho Libre is clearly the best movie. Not only will your $15 ticket to Noche de Nachos get you access to unlimited cheesy, locally-sourced New Mexico nachos, and an evening of top-notch mariachi talent and the latin rhythm of Grupo Status, it also gets you into a showing of Nacho Libre the historic Rio Grande Theatre. The Rio Grande Theatre (link to RGT site) was recently nominated as a 2018 Top Hat Awards Finalist for “Best New Experience”. The theatre boasts a ripe old age of 92-years of entertainment and continues to operate today within the heart of Las Cruces as the only two-story operational adobe theatre in the United States.
Berated all his life by those around him, a monk follows his dreams and dons a mask to moonlight as a Luchador. Rated PG.
Watching Nacho Libre inside the iconic Rio Grande Theatre is an absolute must. See you at the movie!
Tickets to Nacho Libre are $5, or free with your Noche de Nacho ticket. Space is limited and seats are first come, first serve. Doors for the movie open at 2:00pm.
What’s the big deal about 5,000 pounds of nachos anyway?
They are made of all locally sourced New Mexico products. This is no small feat. Ensuring the quality and care of New Mexican products is a job for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) as a producer-consumer service regulating the products that we consume here locally, and share with the world. NMDA developed the Taste the Tradition ® (TTT) and New Mexico – Grown with Tradition ® (GWT) programs to identify and promote New Mexico agricultural products, including food, fiber, wine, produce, nuts and livestock through one, easily recognizable logo. Purchasing local-grown products keeps dollars local and supports New Mexico agriculture. These nachos will not only be delicious, they will also be local—and that makes them nacho-average nachos.
NMDA started the program in 2000. We currently have over 300 members and we’re growing every year. We participate in events all over the state including New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque, Eastern New Mexico State Fair in Roswell, Ag Fest in Santa Fe, HomeGrown in Las Cruces, and more.
“Serving” Our Community
Not only is Noche de Nachos a 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.
Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission has a goal of $100,000 for their Family Housing Project. For the latest news on the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission please visit www.lcgrm.org and follow them on Facebook. They will gladly accept any help you can provide.
After the weigh in … Las Cruces digs in!
After the official weigh-in of the nachos, attendees will be served All-you-can-eat-nachos while supplies last, so come hungry!
DATE AND TIME: November 10 – 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm at The Plaza de Las Cruces
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 can also be purchased online at the Rio Grande Theatre and at Visit Las Cruces.
For more information contact Visit Las Cruces at 575-541-2286
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.