Enchilada Smackdown: Mexico vs. United States

Who holds record for the world's biggest enchilada --Mexico or the U.S.? 

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    In This Corner, Weighing 3121 Pounds ...

    Oct. 17, 2010: A boy waits to be served a portion of the world's largest enchilada during the National Enchilada Fair in the neighborhood of Iztapalapa in Mexico City. The enchilada, measuring over 229 feet and more than 3121 lbs., entered the famous Guinness Record book Sunday, unseating the previous record-holder, an enchilada made in Las Cruces, N.M..
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    Hope They Bought Wholesale

    It takes a tough man to make a tender enchilada. Also necessary, according to The Associated Press: Approximately 165 lbs. of corn, 602 lbs. of white onions, 269 lbs. of serrano chilis, 330 lbs. of cheese, 40 gallons of cream and a sea of salsas, among other ingredients.
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    Mmm-mmm, Good

    Oct. 17, A boy and a woman eat portions of Mexico City's record-breaking enchilada. Backers of its New Mexico rival are claiming the two culinary creations cannot be compared, as the Northern enchilada was flat rather than round. "And of course, the taste of the chile—there's no comparison," says one.  
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    Enchilada, as Far as The Eye Can See

    Chefs prepare the world's largest 'Enchilada', a traditional Mexican food, during the National Enchilada Fair at the neighborhood of Iztapalapa in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. The enchilada, measuring 70 meters long and 1,416 kgs, entered the famous Guinness Record book Sunday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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    A Cast of Thousands

    Oh, okay, at least dozens. Chefs prepare the world's largest enchilada. "With this Guinness record we are showing the world that Iztapalapa is a high-level tourist destination," Mexico City tourism secretary Alejandro Rojas told The Associated Press.
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    Documenting the Enchilada

    Press, officials and by-standers express their excitement by taking many, many photos of the record-breaking Mexican enchilada.
    Courtesy Guiness Book of World Records
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    The Whole Enchilada

    A view from atop a crane proves even the world's largest enchilada has trouble ripping attention away from a cartoon of a serrano chile wearing an Aztec headdress. 
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    I'm Still Number One!

    Robert V. Estrada, points to his shirt on Oct. 18, 2010, at his restaurant in Las Cruces, N.M. Estrada earned the "largest enchilada" title from Guinness World Records in 2000, and claims it remains intact because his was flat, while the one prepared by residents in Iztapalapa, a Mexico City borough, was rolled. A spokesperson at Guinness begs to differ. "We do not have separate categories for different types of enchiladas," she told Fox News Latino.
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    On a Smaller Stage

    Robert V. Estrada prepares a regular-sized enchilada at his restaurant in Las Cruces, N.M. 
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