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

Sister Wives fans recall Kody Brown had written 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.
Christine and Kody Brown | TLC/YouTube

Christine says Kody mentioned not being ‘attracted’ to her

On the Jan. 23 episode of Sister Wives, Christine revealed to the cameras that she and Kody’s intimate marriage is over. She revealed many signs that she and Kody’s marriage was ending. One is that they weren’t intimate on their wedding anniversary in 2020. She says, “It’s not that I am dumb.”

Christine Brown sitting on her bed, wearing a floral shirt on 'Sister Wives'.
Christine Brown, ‘Sister Wives’ | TLC

Another sign was when Kody revealed he wasn’t attracted to her. She says, “And he said a while ago that he wasn’t attracted to me or anything.”

Despite this, she hoped that she and Kody’s marriage would improve. Christine admits, “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 writes about the infamous nacho incident

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:

'Sister Wives' stars, Kody Brown wearing a tux and Christine Brown wearing a wedding dress on their wedding day.
Kody Brown and Christine Brown, ‘Sister Wives’ | TLC

“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’s response to Kody’s nacho diss

Later in the book, Christine sheds light on her perspective of eating nachos in the car with Kody. In Becoming Sister Wives (via Reddit), Christine writes:

Christine Brown wearing a blue floral shirt and Kody Brown wearing a black sweater, sitting on the couch on 'Sister Wives.'
Christine Brown and Kody Brown’ Sister Wives’ | TLC

“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.

When we finally got to the ranch, Kody transformed into a hero. He was a total stud. All the girls on the trip watched him with their mouths wide open, myself included. I’d seen Kody in action back in Utah. I’d see him display his talents in church, and I’d seen how he transformed himself into the life of every party. But now, I was seeing a whole new side of him.

Kody was a complete cowboy. At the ranch, he was instantly in his element. He got right in there and wrangled cows. He worked the fields. He shoveled and cleaned and got down and dirty with all the animals. I was totally impressed. I thought Kody was the coolest guy in the world.”

Kody talks about his lack of physical attraction to Christine

In an episode, the host discusses this part of the book with the Brown family. She says, “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.”

Kody Brown sitting down across from the 'One on One' host for the tell-all episode for 'Sister Wives' Season 16.
Kody Brown, ‘Sister Wives’ | TLC

Christine makes light of the situation. She says, “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 says, “I will be honest, I was not attracted to Christine in any kind of physical sense.”

There is obvious pain in Christine’s eyes as Kody continues, “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.”

When the host clarifies, “So you were not physically attracted to Christine?” He says, “That’s an understatement.”

The host asks, “Were you grossed out by her?” Kody says, “I won’t say that, but the nachos grossed me out enough to make me go ‘OK, I’m waiting to marry her.'” Christine says to hear that from him “hurts.” She says, “It’s horrible.”

Finding out how repulsed Kody was of her before their marriage was definitely one of the most devastating things to happen to Christine in her marriage. Sister Wives Season 16 “One on One” reunion airs Sunday, Jan. 30 on TLC and discovery+.

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