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Cautionary Tale: A Fresno Man Died During A Taco-Eating Contest And People Are Left Wondering How

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Tacos are our witness. We’re guessing yours too. If we could only eat one kind of food for the rest of our lives, it would probably be tacos. The taco phenomenon has gone global, we’ve got Taco Tuesdays, a variety of tacos in every country, and taco accessories to fill our heart’s desire. But where’s the limit? Unfortunately, there is, in fact, a limit. 

A 41-year man died while participating in a taco-eating contest at a baseball stadium in Fresno, Ca. 

According to news reports, Dana Hutchings was at the Grizzlies and the Memphis Redbirds game and entered a contest that took place between innings at Chukchansi Park. Hutchings had told his mom and sister that he would be participating in the taco-eating contest hours before it took place. 

The Fresno Bee reports that Hutchings went down seven minutes into the contest. 

During the contest, the man started choking. He fell and subsequently hit his head on the table. 

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According to CBS Sports, medical professionals performed CPR on him until the paramedics arrived. They pronounced him dead upon arriving at the Community Regional Medical Center. The autopsy with the cause of death has yet to be released. 

“He told us he was going to a taco eating contest, but we didn’t think something like this would happen,” his sister, Mecca Hutchings, told ABC30. His mother added, “He said my son wasn’t responding to anything. How they identified him was that he has a tattoo on his hand that says Dora.” 

One person that saw him eating the tacos noticed that Hutchings “was eating so fast compared to the other two (contestants),” Matthew Boylan told The Fresno Bee. He added, “It was like he’d never eaten before. He was just shoving the tacos down his mouth without chewing.”

It’s unclear how many other people were participating in the contest, or what type of taco they were consuming. 

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“We are devastated to learn that the fan that received medical attention following an event at Tuesday evening’s game has passed away,” the Grizzlies said in a statement provided by Deadspin. “The Fresno Grizzlies extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Hutchings. The safety and security of our fans is our highest priority. We will work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested.”

The contest, which occurred on Tuesday, was scheduled as a kick-off to the main event, Taco Truck Throwdown 9, that is set for Saturday. 

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The taco party on Saturday includes a live musical performance by A.B. Quintanilla’s Kumbia Kings. There was also another taco eating-contest for that day, but they have since canceled that portion. 

Andy McMurray, a fan of the Grizzlies baseball team, said it was right for them to cancel the taco-eating contest after the tragic event that happened earlier this week. 

“It’s a sad thing to see happen because people are just trying to have fun. It’s sad to see, I think the Grizzlies acted in the appropriate way considering,” McMurray told ABC30.

Some people are not happy about the cancelation of Saturday’s taco-eating contest. 

The contest is being canceled out of respect and also out of concern. It is a freak and rare event that happened earlier this week, but imagine if someone else had an accident during the taco-eating contest? There could be serious repercussions for the event organizers. Instead, they should do some kind of tribute to Hutchings by having his family say some words about him. 

While this is no laughing matter, people on social media couldn’t help but see the irony of someone dying by eating such a tasty dish.

This is not the first time someone has died in a food-eating contest. These sorts of competitions shouldn’t be taken lightly. A lot of training goes into this competitive eating sport.

Do you think you’d rest in peace dying in such a way?

As much as we love tacos, we don’t believe this would be a good way to go. What do you think?

READ: These Wild Taco Creations Have Us Feeling All Sorts Of Ways 

This Parody Music Video About Tacos Is The Only Music Video That You Should Be Watching Right Now

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This Parody Music Video About Tacos Is The Only Music Video That You Should Be Watching Right Now

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If you are a kid of the 1990s you surely remember Weird Al Yankovic, the superweird dude that parodied classic rap and rock anthems such as “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Well, now we have our own king of parody in DJ Lechero, a carnal that is as SoCal culture as it comes. 

It is no surprise, then, that he went full force on Ambjaay’s “UNO”. The rapper’s video takes place in a taco truck and sort of parodies Latino culture and stereotypes. So, what did DJ Lechero do? He set things straight, eses, by setting his parody, “Cuatro Tacos”, in a real taco truck and making us crave the sweet smell of pastor, the tangy zest of freshly cut limones and the exhilarating picor of a salsa crushed in a molcajete

So first things first, who is DJ Lechero?

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Also known as Pablo Gordobar, he is a talking head at The Cruz Show on Real 92.3 Los Angeles. He is a proud representative of Whittier California and Mexican-American culture. 

And this is the original Ambjaay video.

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Spot the very cliched Tacos Mexico sign on top of that gringo taco shop. To be honest, we wouldn’t dare eating there, unless we were craving Taco Bell type of garnachas.  

And here’s Ambjaay being handed the keys to the changarro.

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Of course his intentions are not the best… cue a bad accent trying to say words like piñata and taco and rico. 

Dear Ambjaay, you don’t really rock the norteño style, so don’t even…

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We can’t figure out whether he is trying to perform a very bad homage to Northern Mexico culture or if he is making fun of us paisanos

Celso Piña would be revolcándose en su tumba at the sight of that accordion.

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Seriously, dude, you are trying waaaaay too hard!

Yeah, because all Latino gentlemen are borrachos and all señoras are fodongas, right?

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They didn’t even try to hide a worldview full of stereotypes. Man, if you are going to do some good old fashioned cultural appropriation at least do it right. Looks like this guy watched a bit of corrido videos and an episode of Chespirito and thought he was all set. 

The DJ Lechero version, “Cuatro Tacos”, is being praised as the real deal.

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DJ Lechero knows his audience. In his show, he has interviewed people like George Lopez, a true icon of Spanish-speaking entertainment. It is no surprise then that he can truly connect. “Cuatro Tacos” is turning into a real cultural phenomenon! Eso, raza!

DJ Lechero is in da house, perros!

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The first words that come out of his mouth are almost like a midnight hymn: “Tengo un hambre, goey… jefe…”. And the taquero stands at attention. Like music to our ears. 

That’s the smile of a vato who knows a party will soon be staged in his mouth.

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We are sure DJ Lechero had that same expression when he smelt the frijolitos being cooked in his abuelita’s kitchen while the masa was sizzling on the comal

And of course, a proper Mexican taco has a fresh squeeze of limoncito.

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How do you spot an authentic taquería? Well, there is like a three litre bucket full of quartered limes. The green ones, not the yellow gringo crap fruit. 

That’s how you eat a taco, reina!

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What a perfect tilt of the head, a precise pressure on the tortilla and a mouth so experienced that the lipstick remains intact. 

Damn, that song is catchy as hell!

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Un, dos, tres, cuatro tacos… 

Don’t forget the rice and beans on the plato!

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Is your mouth watering yet?

There is care in every single culinary detail!

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We can tell that this delicacy has been properly fried in manteca. Yum!

Now, that is what a taco truck after hours celebration looks like!

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The scene repeats itself hundreds of times every Saturday night in Los Angeles. People start leaving clubs and need a little something to ease la cruda that will surely take over their bodies in a few hours. Nothing better than a taquito bien picoso to get your senses back. 

That pastor is the proof of the existence of human intelligence.

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Seriously. Looked at the perfectly carved pineapple, at the crunchiness of the trompo’s surface, at the perfect balance of adobo and fat in the epitome of taco culture. All hail the king, taco al pastor!

And for dessert, a message of peace and goodwill, a message against ICE.

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Like most Mexican-American personalities working in the age of Trump, DJ Lechero managed to sneak in a political comment. Yes, tacos unite us all. And no, we don’t want hielo… ICE. Get it?

Taco Bell Has Killed Off A Fan Favorite Menu Item, Leaving Its Fans Hungry And Heartbroken

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Taco Bell Has Killed Off A Fan Favorite Menu Item, Leaving Its Fans Hungry And Heartbroken

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We all have our guilty pleasures. Let’s be real. Especially when it comes to food. I know there are at least a dozen things I eat in secret that if anyone were to find out about, I’d be humiliated. 

Many of those foods are from the world of fast food. Because, in all honesty, it’s not the healthiest out there and in this world of ‘clean eating’ and fad diets, few of us want to admit just how much we like certain things from their menus. 

One chain that’s often demonized for having inauthentic food is Taco Bell. People love to hate it. But, it seems like people love at least one thing from their menu and now that’s it’s leaving, people are not having any of it. 

Taco Bell has announced they’ll no longer offer the beloved Cool Ranch Doritos Loco Taco.

In a press release, Taco Bell announced that they will be trimming down their menu in what the chain describes as “decluttering a closet.”

Except: They’re making a critical error in eliminating one of its tacos. On Sept. 12, nine items will be excised into the Taco Bell menu graveyard, and one of those will be the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. And according to many many people on across the Internet, this is a huge mistake. 

To some, it’s a subjective fact that Cool Ranch Doritos are the ne plus ultra of salty snacks. One Twitter user even said of the tacos, “It is vaguely reminiscent of Mexican elotes, which has grilled corn with lime juice acid and creaminess from the sour cream/mayonnaise.” 

Can’t say we agree with that but there definitely seems to be a bit of a cult following for these tacos, all of whom are mourning the loss of this beloved taco. 

People on Twitter weren’t having any of this news.

One abuela on Twitter said, “My granddaughters are in open revolt at the moment.” Them and the rest of the world.

To many, it was literally the worst thing that could happen to them.

OK…I’m all for drama and theatrics but let’s not lose our heads here. It’s an artificially flavored taco shell that’s being taken away. Not your first born. Or your fur baby. Or our beloved Maluma. It’s a Doritos taco. Let’s remember that. 

Many wondered what they’d eat when they’ve got the munchies or are drunk and hungry.

I’m pretty sure when you’re drunk, you’re not gonna really care so much. 

Ok, so the Cooler Ranch Doritos Tacos are gone but so are several other Taco Bell classics.

Here are the foods going bye-bye: Beefy Mini Quesadilla  Chips & Salsa Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller  Double Decker Taco  Cool Ranch Tacos  Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos  Double Tostada  Power Menu Burrito XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito In our article, we ranked the Double Decker Taco as number 9, and the Cool Ranch & Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos as No. 11, so needless to say Taco Bell fans are pretty depressed

In Taco Bell’s defense, the company says it’s all about upgrading the menu. 

First it was the believed Caramel Apple Empanada which was discontinued and it’s removal shocked many fans of the flakey dessert. But Taco Bell wasn’t doesn’t surprising diners. Over the course of the next few months, the chain introduced spicy nacho fries and hash-brown stuffed burritos. Now, it’s back at it again… with a total revamp.

Beginning September 12, Taco Bell is drastically changing its menu. The company explained its decision in a press release on Wednesday, by first asking customers if they’d ever “had that moment… where you just want to chop all your hair off, buy new clothes and get a fresh, new start?” A million readers nodding hesitantly, clutching their Double-Decker Taco as they continued reading. “Well, we kind of did a thing…” 

And the thing they did was remove the double-decker taco, along with eight other menu items. The company also gave the menu a new look and updated combo orders.

The company will now also offer entirely new combos.

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These combos could do some serious damage to the stomach…two chicken chalupas supreme?! That’s a whole lot of food their Taco Bell. 

And the menu itself will have an entirely new look and feel.

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Not too shabby. I’m feeling the cleaner design and simple images. 

The big menu revamp isn’t just shocking and tragic (RIP Cool Ranch Doritos Locos), but also kind of unusual. Typically, T-Bell doesn’t want to draw attention to foods it deems unworthy of keeping around anymore, like the aforementioned Caramel Apple Empanada and everyone’s childhood favorite order, the Meximelt, which the company quietly discontinued earlier this year. 

However, Taco Bell does like to routinely make a big deal out of taking away your favorite orders — like the ever-popular Nacho Fries — just so that you miss them and buy them like crazy when upon their eventual return (sound familiar?!). Maybe one or more of the newly axed offerings will rise from the dead some day. 

Amid the drama and heartache, many in Twitter were calling for a moment of silence for the fallen menu items.

Alright, take your moment and then let’s get back to reality.