This Taco Challenge Is Practically Unbeatable

By Mike Pomranz |

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Some people aspire to do great things. Though typically those things don’t involve eating a four-pound taco, so how great can they really be?

Since 1998, Chachos Tacos in Chorpus Christi, Texas, has offered its “All-Mighty Chacho's Taco Challenge.” Unlike some taco eating contests where you have to scarf down a bunch of the Mexican staple, to complete Chacho’s challenge, customers only have to eat one taco in ten minutes. Sounds easy enough until you learn this is no ordinary taco: It’s a four-pound beast featuring beans, cheese, carne guisada, egg, potatoes and bacon all folded within a homemade 14-inch tortilla. As a point of reference, that’s equivalent to folding a large Domino’s pizza in half.

In the history of the offer, only five people have ever completed it, earning a spot in the Chacho’s hall-of-fame and a T-shirt – plus you get the taco on the house. Though at only $9.99, it pretty reasonably priced to begin with considering most hip taco shops these days are charging at least $3 for some dainty tortilla some people could down in one bite.

Though the challenge has obviously been around for quite some time, the ridiculously large taco behind it recently garnered attention again thanks to Facebook’s memories feature. Norma Jean Toro originally posted a picture of herself taking a bite out of the corner of the plate-sized taco to the social media site back in October of last year, but when Facebook suggested she re-share the image, the taco pic took on a second life. “(The shares) kept going and going and I'm like ‘what the hell,’” Toro told My San Antonio. Yup, this taco is so big it can even earn you your 15 minutes of fame.

For the record, Toro didn’t even try to take the Chacho’s Challenge. Instead, she shared the humorously large meal with her husband. Come on… You can’t do great things if you don’t even try!

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