‘Sister Wives’ Infamous Nacho Incident Explained: Kody Repulsed by ‘Chubby’ Christine for Eating Nachos

Sister Wives fans may recall that Kody Brown wrote in the family memoir about a moment when he and Christine Brown were courting that made him second guess the marriage. Here’s what we know about the now-infamous nacho incident.

Christine and Kody Brown sit down for a "Sister Wives" confessional.
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Christine Brown says Kody mentioned not being ‘attracted’ to her

On the Jan. 23, 2022, episode of Sister Wives, Christine revealed to the cameras that she and Kody’s intimate marriage was over. She revealed many signs that her and Kody’s marriage was ending. One is that they weren’t intimate on their wedding anniversary in 2020. Another sign was when Kody revealed he wasn’t attracted to her.

Despite this, she hoped that she and Kody’s marriage would improve.

Christine admitted, “So I just thought maybe it would get better. But it’s over. The intimate part of our marriage is over. And to be honest, I’m not OK with that. I’m not OK with staying in a marriage where there’s no intimacy.”

Kody Brown writes about the infamous nacho incident

'Sister Wives' stars, Kody Brown wearing a tux and Christine Brown wearing a wedding dress on their wedding day.
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So when did Kody tell Christine that he wasn’t attracted to her? There’s the infamous nacho incident. In the family’s memoir Becoming Sister Wives, Kody penned a section about being grossed out by Christine during their courtship. The passage from Becoming Sister Wives (via Reddit) reads:

“When we set out on our road trip, I was convinced that Christine was the cutest girl in the world, although she was a little chubby. Back then, I was young and superficial enough to care about physical appearances. After we’d been on the road all night, we stopped at a gas station. I’d been drinking soda pop to stay awake, and my stomach felt sour and upset. Just thinking about food made me queasy.

Christine went into the Quickie Mart and bought herself what seemed like the largest portion of chili cheese nachos that I’d ever seen. The sight of those nachos turned my stomach. I couldn’t watch her eat them. She must have been starving because she was eating so quickly, and there was chili sauce and nacho cheese everywhere.

Looking back, I hate myself for the thoughts I had at that moment, but the sight of this chubby girl in my car devouring chili cheese nachos for breakfast put the brakes on our relationship. It brought out the most superficial and shallowest side of me. I still liked her — in fact, I liked her very much — but the nacho experience cooled my attraction a little — well, a lot.”

Christine Brown’s response to Kody’s nacho diss

Christine Brown wearing a blue floral shirt and Kody Brown wearing a black sweater, sitting on the couch on 'Sister Wives.'
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Later in the book, Christine shed light on her perspective of eating nachos in the car with Kody. In Becoming Sister Wives (via Reddit), Christine wrote:

“Of course, I had no idea that I’d grossed Kody out with my nachos. I was an overweight kid who liked junk food a little too much. And of all the junk food in the world, chili cheese nachos were my favorite.”

Kody talks about his lack of physical attraction to Christine

Kody Brown sitting down across from the 'One on One' host for the tell-all episode for 'Sister Wives' Season 16.
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In an episode of Sister Wives, the host discussed this part of the book with the Brown family.

She said, “Christine may have been the wife to save the bacon, but watching her eat a plate of nachos nearly doused Kody’s growing affection for her.”

Christine made light of the situation.

She said, “I know! It was so silly. How could that cool down any relationship? Please. Me wolfing down nachos. Come on.”

After reading the excerpt from the book where he called Christine “chubby,” the host asked Kody if “size matters” to him.

He said, “I will be honest, I was not attracted to Christine in any kind of physical sense.”

There was obvious pain in Christine’s eyes as Kody continued, “I look back in retrospect, and I wonder, ‘Was that fair?’ But I can’t even look there because we have children together, we have a life together, we have a relationship, and we found our sweet spot.”

The host clarified, “So you were not physically attracted to Christine?”

He said, “That’s an understatement. … The nachos grossed me out enough to make me go ‘OK, I’m waiting to marry her.'”

Christine said to hear that from him “hurts.”