As if you need an official holiday to eat nachos. But tomorrow marks National Nacho Day and to celebrate, cast members from “Holly’s World” on E! competed in a nacho building contest at Hussong’s Cantina at Mandalay Place on Thursday. Starting on Saturday, the winning entry will be served all month long.
Playmate Laura Croft and Angel Porrino from the show competed against Tito Martinez, band leader for Hussong’s Rock n Roll Mariachis. The contestants assembled their creation from more than 60 ingredients ranging from specialty chips, beans, cheeses, creams and proteins and toppings.
As the mariachis played Croft, Porrino and Martinez went to work. Porrino immediately set herself apart from her competitors, choosing to make dessert nachos with cinnamon chips, chocolate, marshmallows, sprinkles and more, while Croft and Martinez went a more traditional route. When the dishes were ready, Hussong’s Executive Chef Noe Alcala baked each entry for a few minutes and then presented the nacho dishes to the judges, who graded the contestants on originality, presentation and taste.
Croft took first place with her entry, which she named Sexy B*tch Nachos. The winning entry featured a variety of cheeses over blue corn and Hussong’s house chips along with jalapeño, avocado, sweet corn and chipotle sour creams and topped with jalapeños. The judges called her entry “very hearty, and “classic.” Coming in second were Porrino’s Candy Ass Nacho’s, which the judges deemed “innovative and a delight for dessert lovers.” Taking third were Martinez’s Mariachi Nachos, which highlighted chorizo as a primary ingredient.
Sexy B*tch Nachos will be served all month long for $13 at Hussong’s Cantina.