Macayo’s Mexican restaurant built a Guinness World Record chimichanga


What better way to celebrate a birthday than with the longest chimichanga in the world?

This is exactly what happened at Macayo’s in Ahwatukee Foothills on September 25 as a team of chefs, staff and chemo fans attempted to win the Guinness World Record with the creation of a chimichanga from 25 feet long.

Macayo’s opened 75 years ago and has been selling Mexican food in the valley ever since. The chain now has locations all over the Phoenix subway.

While this is a contested claim, Macayo’s insists they were the first to create chimichanga, a fried burrito. Whatever its origins, chimichanga has certainly been a staple at Macayo’s for over seven decades. Over the years, the restaurant chain has sold 5 million hearty meals wrapped in tortillas.

To commemorate their anniversary, on Sunday, September 26, Macayo’s decided to make history with a 25-foot-long chimichanga 3,750% longer than its usual menu.

On Saturday, September 25, the Macayo team started the day with difficulty operating their giant fryer. The chimichanga attempt was postponed until later today.

But the team managed to pull it off and created a truly massive fried burrito. The show alone could have been worth the daring feat, and they have the photos to prove it.

The record submission is now in the hands of Guinness World Records who will determine whether Macayo’s team has, in fact, created the longest chimichanga in the world.

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