Winners of the WBCA Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña

Winners of the WBCA Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña

The WBCA Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña brought back all of the fun elements of this world-renowned festival including the Miss Jalapeño Contest, the La Costeña Jalapeño Eating Contest, and much, much more!

The El Grito Contest Sponsored by Laredo Taco Company only available at Stripes® took place on Saturday and Elizabeth Jasso won first place as well as a $200 cash prize. Miss Jalapeño was also crowned and received a $200 cash prize.

The night caught on fire with the granddaddy event of them all, the La Costeña Jalapeño Eating Contest.

Molly Schuyler broke the record for the most jalapeños eaten during the contest with 279 jalapeños and took home the gold as well as receiving $3,000 cash prize. Brandon “Da Garbage Disposal” Clark placed second with 178 jalapeños and received $1,500 cash prize. Third place contestant Daniel “Killer” Kennedy ate a total of 142 jalapeños and received a $750 cash prize.

Professional Eater Category Winners

1st Place – Molly Schuyler (279 jalapeños)

2nd Place – Brandon “Da Garbage Disposal” Clark (178 jalapeños)

3rd Place – Daniel “Killer” Kennedy (142 jalapeños)


Amateur Category Winners

1st Place – BW Ricord (116 jalapeños)

2nd Place – Juan Pablo Rangel Ochoa (109 jalapeños)

3rd Place – Nathaneal Barrientos (106 jalapeños)

4th Place – Javier Wheeler (91 jalapeños)


Amateur Category Winners received $500, $400 and $300 cash prize.

The previous record for the most Jalapeños eaten during the contest was set by professional eater Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti at a very hot (and painful) 266 jalapeños in 15 minutes!!! For us non-professionals, Braulio Ramirez set the local record in 1992 with a whopping 141 jalapeños eaten in 15 minutes. This is one competition you have to see to believe!

The WBCA Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña was held at the El Metro Park and Ride on Hillside Road and attracted thousands of people over a two-day period and was proudly sponsored by La Costeña. Additional sponsors included Laredo Taco Company available only at Stripes® Convenience Stores, Anheuser-Busch, Miller Lite, South Texas Ford Dealers, The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo, Whataburger and Valley Day & Night Clinic. In-kind sponsors: Z-93/Guerra Communications, Taco Palenque.

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