World’s Longest Tamale Cooked Up In New Mexico

After steaming for 75 minutes the tamales sit off heat for 10 minutes before being ready to unwrap and enjoy. Tamales are the perfect food to help celebrate the Posadas, the Mexican and Mexican-American Roman Catholics homage to the journey of Mary and Joseph in search of shelter in a foreign land. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

BELEN, N.M. — A group of people in New Mexico say they cooked the world’s longest tamale Saturday morning.

Luis Hernandez of the ABQ West Chamber of Commerce says that a team of more than 30 chefs at Viva II, a three-day celebration of the state’s heritage, assembled a 116 foot 7 inch long tamale at the Valencia County fairgrounds in Belen.

Organizers say the ingredients, which were provided by Bueno Foods, included 120 pounds of masa and 50 pounds of green chile.

A local manufacturer of home improvement material has also designed a special steamer out of aluminum to cook the tamale in.

Hernandez says the team plans to submit all the required documentation to Guinness World Records to get official recognition for the achievement.

According to Guinness World Records, the longest tamale assembled was in Cancun, Mexico, in 2011 and measured a little longer than 66 feet.

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Information from: KRQE-TV, http://www.krqe.com

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