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432-Foot Burrito Aims for Record Book

June 2, 1991

PHOENIX (AP) _ The place and time seemed to be right. So Hector Placencia made his grab for glory.

During a hectic hour Saturday, six employees of the La Perla restaurant put together Placencia’s brainstorm - the world’s largest burrito.

It took 900 tortillas, 200 pounds of ground beef, 75 pounds of cheese, 60 pounds of lettuce and 66 pounds of potatoes, carrots and onions to make a burrito which came out an inch shy of 432 feet.

″I thought, here we are in the Southwest, and most of our customers are from a Hispanic origin, so this really fits the community,″ Placencia said of the attempt to get into the ″Guinness Book of Records.″

About 80 people watched the assembly line at the west side discount store where Placencia is general manager.

″I’m going to eat it,″ said 10-year-old Kevin Coupe. ’It’ll take a week to eat it. That’s one huge burrito, man.″

However, state health inspectors let only the last 100 feet be served to the public - at $1 for a 10-inch section to raise money for charity. The rest probably spoiled during the preparation, they said.

State Department of Weights and Measures officials confirmed the size, and two local municipal officials witnessed the event to comply with a Guinness requirement.

The 1991 Guinness record book has no entry for largest burrito.

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