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Someone will win $2,500 for eating a huge burrito in Tampa

The El Jefe burrito from Taco Bus. [Taco Bus]
The El Jefe burrito from Taco Bus. [Taco Bus]
Published Mar. 19, 2018

Taco Bus is bringing back it’s El Jefe Burrito Eating Championship for a second year with more than five times the cash prize for the person who chows down a 2.5-pound burrito in the shortest time.

The competition takes place April 5, National Burrito Day, at Taco Bus Brandon at 301 S Falkenburg Road, Tampa, with the winner getting a $2,500 cash prize plus a WWE-style championship belt.

Second place gets $1,000, third gets $500. A spokesperson for Taco Bus says the event is even drawing some notable competitive eaters from outside the Tampa area, and that reigning champ Michael Jenkins, who won with a time of 2:22 last year, will be back defend the title.

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Until March 31, anyone can enter to qualify for the competition by visiting any Taco Bus location, purchasing an El Jefe burrito and eating it in less than 6 minutes to get a qualifier certificate from a Taco Bus employee. Using the code on the form, entrants can enter at for a chance to be selected as a finalist.

The public is invited to witness the competition at Taco Bus Brandon, which will also be giving out some Taco Bus swag and offering a $5 burrito special that day.