An Enchilada of a Record

by Blythe Harkins

Are your eyes bigger than your stomach?

Iztapalapa, Mexico which sits in the easter part of Mexico City, is know for being one of the 16 boroughs in which Mexico’s Federal District is divided.  Iztapalapa is not boasting with tourists but around one million people visit this borough every year to behold a reenactment of the Passion of Christ which first started in 1833 after locals evaded a cholera epidemic.  But they have much to celebrate about recently.


Sunday October 17, 2010 was no ordinary day for the people of Izapalapa.  With more than 600 local volunteers, the worlds’s largest enchilada was concocted!  Weighing in at 1,032 pounds, this monster of a meal measured 230 feet long and 12 inches wide.  The main components that went into creating this recording breaking dish are as follows: 165 pounds of corn, 601 pounds of white onion, 268 pounds of serranos chilies, 330 pounds of cheese, and 40 gallons of cream, avocado and a sea of salsas, along with many other ingredients.

Aside from the hours of preparation that went into making this, the local said that the biggest challenge was rolling the enchilada up making sure not to break the tortilla shell.  The enchilada also required the creation of a speciality made machine to make a tortilla of this size.  Alejandro Rojas the Mexico City tourism secretary said that, “With this Guinness record we are showing the world that Iztapalapa is a high-level tourist destination.”

Mexico City is no stranger to the trials and errors that go into breaking a Guinness World Record.  Within the last few years, the city has gone for a number of world records.   13,957 people gathered in Trafalgar Square to break the record for the largest number of people dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”   The other world record title that they hold is for the most people kissing simultaneously.  39,897 participants gather at the Plaza de la Constitución, on Valentine’s Day to put their lips to the test.
Over 600 locals came out to work on this record breaking enchilada.