New Mexico plans to cook up world’s longest tamale

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – Bring your appetite to the Valencia County Fairgrounds in Belen on Saturday; New Mexico is planning on breaking a world food record. They’re hoping to serve up the world’s longest tamale at 120 feet.

“Right now, we’re assembling the actual tamale cooker,” said Jack Keohane with ABC Seamless, a company that manufacturers maintenance free home improvement material.

“So we came up with a design for tamale cooker. It’s a steamer. It’s 120 feet long. It’s made out of aluminum,” said Keohane. “This is one of a kind, and we’re going to fire it up tomorrow and hopefully break the world’s record,” he said.

The cooking in mass project will take place at Viva II.

Wayne Trujillo, founder, explained, “Viva II is a three day celebration of New Mexico heritage and culture.”

He credits his 12-year-old son for coming up with the idea for the tamale record.

“We know we’re going to do it,” said Ana Bibiano with A&B Promotions, explaining they’ve done some test runs.

Guinness World Records has documented the longest tamale at just over 66 feet. It was created in Cancun in 2011.

Besides the steamer, the ingredients have been provided by Bueno Foods.

“Were looking at about 120 pounds of masa about another 50 lbs of green chile, and we’ll be dealing with about another 50 lobs of squash calabacitas and cheese,” said LJ Thomason, who’s helping with the tamale cooking effort.

Nevin Montano is providing his company’s DISC-IT grills to the cause.

“We’ve pretty excited. We know we’re going to be able to smash the record,” Montano said.

To break the current record, everything must be documented.

“We have to follow a 29 page booklet of rules from Guinness,” said Bibiano.

“We have to get it up to temperature, and it has to be up to code, so the state of New Mexico will come in and say, ‘Hey you’re good to go’ and then we’ll be breaking the record,'” said Trujillo.

“Come one, come all and come very hungry,” he added.

The tamale serving event will take place between 10 and 11 a.m. at the Valencia County fairgrounds.

Admission to Viva II is $7. Proceeds will benefit El Rancho de Los Ninos, a non-profit that keeps foster children siblings together. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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