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Most Taco Bell food eaten (total)
When:
Thursday, 20 Apr 2006
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Who:
Steve Ulrich
Details:
Steve crunched his way through twenty-one (21) beef tacos -- all hard-shell. The weight: he was able to choke down about 3.6 pounds (1,638g) of authentic Taco Bell tacos. The time: fifty-nine minutes and twenty-four seconds (59m 24s) -- about thirty-six (36) spare seconds in the one-hour timed challenge. Steady in pace throughout the challenge, Steve was forced to stuff face during the last two (2) minutes or so, furiously chomping away at the final taco and shoveling-in the 'shrapnel' that had fallen to the table below his dangerous pie hole.
When he began, Steve announced that he does not even like Taco Bell tacos; he echoed this sentiment several times throughout the challenge. As one spectator pointed out, this dislike is quite the opposite of the norm for a regular food challenge attempt. Usually the contestant thoroughly enjoys, or at least mildly tolerates, the subject of their challenge. The distaste for the subject usually grows as the challenge progresses. Steve seems to select a subject that displeases him, attack it in a food challenge, and then develop a fondness for the item at some point after the challenge (he went through this cycle at the time of his BW3's chicken leg challenge).
A local photographer captured oodles of challenge images (and some images of the peanut-gallery). Side note: the given Taco Bell was quite a bee's nest of honeys, of whom the photographer captured some images (mostly by design) in his fine camera work.

Most Taco Bell food eaten (total) (Previous record)
When:
Wednesday, 05 Apr 2006
Who:
AJ Horn
Details:
AJ, a seasoned Taco Bell veteran, chomped his way through eighteen (18) beef tacos -- ten (10) crunchy and eight (8) soft. This heavenly treat totaled 1,572g (3.4 lbs.) of terrific taco tastiness.
A newbie, however, to this challenge arena, AJ eagerly started out the morning visibly full of confidence. He tore through ten (10) tacos is just over ten (10) minutes. The blistering pace soon slowed, though, and his iron gut began to fight back. It took another thirty-five (35) minutes to eat the final eight (8) tacos. This span of time included several stretching sessions, and a couple of walk-abouts during which AJ tried to coax his belly into settling down a bit. Some spectators feared (or hoped) that AJ would empty his tummy-tum, possibly in a vulgar display of power, but alas, no hurling was observed. A young (uncredited) photographer captured some images of the challenge, which are available in the Records Gallery.
Did not achieve goal! AJ intended to destroy two (2) Grande meals for a total of twenty (20) tacos. Are you loco, S.A? Don't you know what you are trying to get crazy with?
Most Taco Bell food eaten (total) (Previous record)
When:
Thursday, 03 Nov 2005
Who:
Chad Haselby
Details:
Chad ate three (3) hard tacos, three (3) soft tacos, and four (4) bean burritos (of the Taco Bell variety) in twenty-four (24) minutes. On a return visit to the very site from which "crunchy sour cream" originated (in a 'Chicken Soft Taco' challenge), Chad spied an enticing little menu item: the Grande Meal. He decided to order it as pictured. Bold move. At the risk of dooming the challenge, Chad declared it to be a "piece of cake". Bold statement. The crowd scarcely knew that Chad was even performing a challenge as he gracefully scarfed down item after item. Without so much as a whimper or a sigh, he finished the last tasty bite in under 25 minutes. Chad, like the actors in the commercial, exclaimed, "I'm full!". Bold performance.
Fun Facts: 2620 cal, 100g fat, 7710mg salt. Fun indeed.