A youtube caption reports that Mark Hansen won Saturday's eating contest at the Laredo Jalapeno Festival with a total of 119 peppers. Hansen's amount is about half of the record (266) set by Pat Bertoletti in 2008.


  1. Rhonda Evans said

    February 22, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    As outstanding as that total is, and it is, Pat and Sonya both have very special gifts in their abilities to down jalapenos, to the point whereby the next best pepper eaters, who are omnitalented themselves, appear “merely” outstanding!

    It’s a good thing such events are just once inj a while, or annually, for their stomachs’ sake.

  2. James said

    February 25, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    I would have competed but I was not of age only 18 well now I know what I am uP against so I will prepare for next years contest and hoping to bet the record of 266 and bet by eating at least 300
    Besides not bing able to compete in the 2011 contest I enjoyed the time I spent at the festival and can’t wait to go back to the 2012 contest and hopefully win lol well if any one would like to know y I am talking like this and went to the contest I was the white albino guy that was called out to join . Lol see every one next year jelepinos rule

  3. Cutter said

    February 26, 2011 @ 1:11 am

    Rich Lefevre is a damn good pepper eater (in addition to sonya and Pat) and has won an MLE jalepeno contest before. I don’t think many of us can compare ourselves to these people anyway. also the record of 266 took multiple ‘extra times’ as i believe sonya and pat were tied, you can correct me if i am wrong. Most of us stand no chance against these guys. Even though this youtube clip was shortened by cutting out some parts, it was a very long contest and from what we could see there wasn’t much eating being done late in the game. That said, if jalepenos are your perfect food and you get the time limit that suits you, maybe you have a chance. I have no chance in almost any food, unless they do maybe a 1 or 2 minute crazy hot wing contest, then i stand a chance. I prefer to compete against myself, giving my best effort and maybe someday a good showing in a larger event. I think all contests are good fun. Lots of guys and girls have gone up against the best, and the cream rises to the top. I respect the eaters that put a lot of time and effort into the MLE circuit. For most of us competitive eating is a ‘work in progress’ .

  4. A. Nonymous said

    February 26, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    266 in 15 minutes, no overtime:


    You’re referring to the last IFOCE jalapeno contest where Sonya and Pat ate 225 in regulation, then 50 more in overtime. The 225 was in only 8 minutes this time, though:


    As far as newbie James goes – just keep dreaming. You sound like every other noob at a Nathan’s contest who, when asked by the media before the event, “How many hot dogs are you going to eat today?”, and they reply “20 to 25”, and at the end, can barely get through 8.

  5. Cutter said

    February 26, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    maybe they are going to eat 12 more after the contest. I was actually looking at numbers for nathans and they seem to range from the really poor to the really great. I know how many hdb’s i can eat in 10 mins (it is more than 8 and less then 20). I wonder if a nathans dog is a little bit tougher. There are better amatuers in my locality than myself, i have seen a guy eat over 20 in an amatuer contest. I also see that there are usually spots available for these contests (at least according to the database it doesn’t look like there are consistently 15 contestants). I think it would be exciting to do a nathans qualifier. Without the expectation of winning but with the expectation of doing the best i can an putting up a good number.

  6. A. Nonymous said

    February 26, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    By “You” and “noob”, I was talking about James, not you, Cutter. Nathan’s are natural casing, 8 to the pound, highly spiced hot dogs, and usually, they’re about lukewarm and getting colder as the contest progresses, causing the fat to congeal. Eating 20 skinless hot dogs is hard, but it’s not as hard as 20 Nathan’s hot dogs. The database is not complete, as far as contestants go; some contests are fully reported, others are not. Sign up for a qualifier when they open in March or April, and see how you do.

  7. Cutter said

    February 26, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    I, for one, appreciate your knowledge. They sound like fairly high quality dogs. My locality is packed with good eaters it seems. The last contest i participated in, it would take well over 20 skinless hdbs to win. Without eatfeats i would never find half of these contests. Thanks, i will wait for announcements to come regarding qualifiers. Even if i never got a spot at a qualifier, i would like to see some of the amatuers in my area and see how they fair against some of the non amateur competition.

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