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Longest tamale made

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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, said a team of more than 30 chefs at Viva II, a three-day celebration of the state’s heritage, assembled a 116-foot, seven-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 also designed a special steamer out of aluminum to cook the tamale in.

Hernandez said 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.

It measured a little longer than 66 feet.

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