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Frank Liberto Obituary

2/20/1933 - 11/5/2017| Visit Guest Book
Frank Liberto (Photo via Ricos Products Company / Instagram)
Frank Liberto (Photo via Ricos Products Company / Instagram)
Frank Liberto may not have invented nachos—that achievement, according to the Smithsonian, belongs to a Mexican maître d’ named Ignacio Anaya—but he made them an American staple.

Liberto, who died Sunday, Nov. 5, gave birth to the iconic form of “ballpark nachos,” a simple dish of tortilla chips, cheese, and jalapenos, fit for mass consumption at stadiums and movie theaters across the country.

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Nachos had been a regional Tex-Mex snack for several decades before Liberto and his family’s company, Liberto Specialty Co., introduced their version to the public at a Texas Rangers baseball game in 1976. Liberto’s innovation was the cheese, a flavorful, viscous sauce that could quickly and easily be dispensed in a high-volume environment with little preparation.

Liberto credited the spicy snack’s boom in popularity to a Dallas Cowboys game broadcast on “Monday Night Football” in 1977, when announcer Howard Cosell mentioned them several times.

When Liberto died Sunday in San Antonio, at 84, the San Antonio Express-News noted that it was the day before National Nachos Day. You can read more about the life of this entrepreneur, veteran, and family man in his family obituary.

The next time you dip a chip at the ballpark, remember the man who saw that the concession stand could use a little extra spice.
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February 20, 1933 - November, 5, 2017 Frank Liberto went to see our Lord peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, November 5, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in San Antonio in... Read Obituary
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Frank Liberto went to see our Lord peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, November 5, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in San Antonio in 1933 and attended Central Catholic High... Read Obituary
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Frank Liberto, father of "ballpark nachos," died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in San Antonio, according to multiple news sources. He was 84. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here . Read Obituary

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