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Eye of the tamale

Yuma man looking to win tamale eating festival for second year straight

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KSWT, KECY) - It’s no easy task to win food eating contests.

For some, the price to win involves training and goal setting. With the annual Tamale Festival happening this weekend, one competitor is eyeing the tamale eating competition.

Francisco Osuna, last year’s tamale eating competition winner said, “I’m trying to do one in under 10 seconds.”

The Yuma native ate 12 tamales in two minutes and 11 seconds last year.

But he’s not satisfied.

Osuna wants to finish in at least two minutes this year.

In order to reach his goal, he’s training by eating an average of six tamales a day.

On Saturday, it will be no different.

“If you don’t eat, your stomach shrinks,” Osuna said. “The more you put in your stomach the more it stretches out, so I want a stretched out stomach for Saturday.”

He’s a taquero by day, and a food eating contest competitor by night.

Osuna is no stranger to eating competitions.

His first go-around was at a taco eating festival and he was interested in competing for one simple reason.

“Free tacos,” Osuna said.

He won that competition and went on to win a donut eating contest. There, he ate 11 donuts in three and a half minutes.

Looking ahead to the tamale eating competition tomorrow, Osuna said he’s not sick of eating tamales yet, but that will likely change after Saturday.

Teagan Rasche

Teagan Rasche joined KSWT in October 2019. She is originally from Vancouver, Canada.


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