Mexico City Makes, Wins, the Whole Enchilada

Food Lovers, General, Offbeat, Travel News — By Lia Del Priore on October 28, 2010 at 11:30 am

No doubt you’ve thrown around the phrase ‘the whole enchilada’ once or twice in your lifetime.  Well, have you ever wondered exactly what ‘the whole enchilada’ would look like?  Look no further than Mexico City; the first place in the entire world to attempt and master a literal representation of the popular phrase.

According to, the town of Iztapalapa has created a 70m (or 229.66 feet) long enchilada that weighed almost an entire ton.  Having trouble picturing what that would look like?  Imagine roughly 50 basketball players lying down.  Or, imagine almost 20 car lengths.  The Guinness Book of World Records has officially confirmed it; Iztalapa’s enchilada is, indeed, the largest enchilada in the entire world.

But believe it or not, this enchilada comes wrapped in a little controversy.  Apparently the previous enchilada world record holder was a man named Robert Estrada, who is claiming that his enchilada shouldn’t have been knocked out of the title.  His claim is that his enchilada was three-layered, while the newer enchilada is more of the rolled variety (this is serious business folks).

Regardless of the controversy, the town of Iztapalapa was indeed named the current ruler of the largest enchilada.  If that wasn’t enough to impress you, just imagine this; the enchilada is actually filled with onions, Serrano chilies, tomatoes, avocado, cheese, sour cream, and a variety of salsa.  According to the Herald, it was indeed tasty.  And of course, the whole thing is wrapped up in one big, beautiful, corn tortillas–  that truly is the whole enchilada.

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