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El Chapo’s 91-Year-Old Mom Is Coming To The US To Visit Him In Prison And Is Bringing His Favorite Mexican Dish

Earlier this year, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera was found guilty on all ten criminal counts in Brooklyn, New York. Since then, life hasn’t been all that bad for the former Mexican drug lord. His wife is launching a clothing line, and even though El Chapo’s team has complained about the unfair treatment at his prison and lack of outdoor time, it’s been manageable. He still faces sentencing later this month, which means El Chapo has yet to face the worse of it. So, it makes sense that he’s getting some sort of encouraging visits.

El Chapo’s mom, 91-year-old Consuelo Loera, got her visa approved to visit her son in prison.

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The Independent is reporting that Loera got her visa approved to enter the United States after requesting it from the Mexican Embassy. They also say that Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador fought to have her visit her son because he had “an empathy toward the elderly woman.”

El Chapo’s next court date is scheduled for June 25, where he faces sentencing. If he thinks his mom’s presence might persuade the judge to be lenient on his jail time, he should think again.

“It is a sentence from which there is no escape and no return,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said earlier this year in Brooklyn.

According to her attorney, Jose Luis González, Consuelo Loera proved to the government that she has the means to travel to the U.S. She also proved her reason to leave and travel back to Mexico.

Consuelo Loera told reporters she plans to bring El Chapo his favorite dish, enchiladas.

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We had no idea, El Chapo was such a traditionalist when it came to Mexican food. We thought he might have requested a burrito or carne asada tacos.

Now, if the 91-year-old woman shows up in New York City, where is she going to cook up some enchiladas? She’s probably going to have to order take out. If that’s the case, do you have any recommendations on the best enchiladas in New York? Let us know!

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El Chapo’s Wife Makes Her Debut On VH1 Reality Series And Here’s What Went Down

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El Chapo’s Wife Makes Her Debut On VH1 Reality Series And Here’s What Went Down

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Emma Coronel Aispuro is proving there is no bottom tOo low for capitalism and profiting off of many Latinxs’ pain, by starring on VH1’s Cartel Crew, a reality series that features the loved ones of notorious drug dealers — you know, the real heroes of society. The series follows descendants of the Sinaloa and Medellin cartels. While some are trying to end the vicious cycle of violence that has upended their lives, others like Coronel, the New York Post notes, are trying to capitalize off of their cartel’s notoriety. 

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was a notorious Mexican drug lord, and leader of the Sinaloa cartel, who narrowly escaped imprisonment multiple times, until finally, at 62 years old, was sentenced to life in a supermax prison in the United States. Coronel was by his side during the trials, a faithful wife. 

Reporter Noah Hurowitz who saw the trials said, “The most shocking part of the testimony, I think, just from being there the whole time, was there was a witness named Isaias Valdez Rios who told this just horrific tale of violence. He described how Guzman personally tortured and executed several rival cartel members.”

Just after El Chapo’s sentencing, Coronel registered “El Chapo Guzman” as a trademark to create a line of clothing, phone cases, and hats.

Coronel continues to stand by her man on VH1’s Cartel Crew 

“It’s sad that they judge us without knowing us,” Coronel said during her bewildering appearance. “I consider myself a normal woman, but people often judge me without actually knowing me.”

Coronel made her debut on Cartel Crew on a yacht wearing flashy clothing. Castmembers fawned over the wife of one of the most profitable kingpins in history. 

“I was very nervous and humbled to be in her presence,” Marie Ramirez Arellano, the daughter of a drug-trafficker, told the Post. “She’s not a regular woman.”

Coronel, 30, allegedly married El Chapo when she was 17 or 18 years old. While she isn’t a member of the principal cast, she will be making several appearances on the show. 

“She’s a real Latina, a real humble person, loyal to her man,” Ramirez Arellano said. “She gave off such great energy and she’s a real classy woman.”

Ramirez Arellano wasn’t the only contestant who was sympathetic toward Coronel. Her boyfriend, Michael Corleone Blanco, the youngest son of Griselda Blanco de Trujillo of the Medellin cartel and known as the “Godmother of Cocaine” or the “Black Widow,” took a liking as well. Griselda was involved in 200 murders before she was indicted on drug trafficking charges in 2012.

Blanco who helped run his mother’s business is now trying to live a less violent and legal life by selling cartel themed apparel and cannabis where it is legal. 

“We are not our parents,” said Blanco. “We’re trying to make our own way in the world. Legally.”

Blanco felt for Coronel, who he believed was in a horrible predicament as a mother of twins, and gave her some advice. 

“I gave her some advice because she is trying to make the same kind of moves that I made,” he said. “She is a really sweet person who is going through something that no wife or mother should ever go through and now she has to raise two girls by herself.”

Most people were not excited about Coronel’s appearance on the show.

“This is a sick and terrible decision by VH1 to have El Chapo’s wife Emma Coronel on its reality show Cartel Crew,” Ioan Grillo, a journalist in Mexico City, wrote on Twitter. “There is a humanitarian catastrophe in Mexico from cartel violence. This is not a glamorous reality show. Where are images of mass graves?”

Seriously, though, people are not happy.

“Society is rotten by media like this one that romanticizes criminals and murderers. No consideration whatsoever for so many families that have been affected by these criminals,” another user wrote. “Even worse the level of the viewers that think these vulgar people have anything interesting to say!”

“That this is making it to TV, like Mob wives, tells you all you need to know about the glorification of crime and corruption,” another user wrote. 

They may have a point about the glorification of the corrupt — after all, the president is currently being impeached for extorting and bribing another country. 

Politicians expressed outrage over Coronel’s television debut too. 

Republican Senator John Neely Kennedy wrote a letter to VH1 president Chris McCarthy asking him to remove the series. 

“The entire premise of the show is disturbing as it glorifies drug cartels and those who live in luxury off the wealth these criminal groups corruptly amass,” Kennedy wrote in the letter. 

While many were offended by Coronel’s appearance, others continue to be mystified and intrigued by her, according to the Washington Post.

“I will follow him to wherever he is,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “I am in love with him. He is the father of my children.” 

The Mexican State Of Queretaro Just Made The World’s Biggest Taco De Carnitas —And Guinness Records Confirmed It

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The Mexican State Of Queretaro Just Made The World’s Biggest Taco De Carnitas —And Guinness Records Confirmed It

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Mexicans have been putting food inside a tortilla, folding it in half and calling it breakfast, lunch and dinner, since before the Popol Vuh came to be. Tacos are our love language, our most precious export to the world —ok maybe that’s an exaggeration… or is it? You could offer us caviar, pâté de foie gras, white truffles, oysters and we’d (rightly so) still choose a taco de carne asada. But there’s one Mexican among us all who loves tacos so much, he set out to make the world’s largest one. Stuffed with Carnitas, and weighing an exorbitant amount, Alejandro Paredes managed to produce the world’s biggest taco de carnitas. 

Queretaro is the record holder for the world’s largest taco de carnitas.

The state of Queretaro in Mexico earned the Guinness World Record for their gigantic taco de carnitas a few weeks ago. The monster-taco stretched to an entire city block, and measured 102 meters long (nearly 335 ft) and weighed 1,200 kilograms of tortillas (almost 3,000 lbs) and 1,507 kilograms of delicious carnitas (just over 3300 lbs).

Alejandro Paredes Resendiz is responsible for the carnitas-filled monstrosity. 

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The organizer of the event came up with the idea in 2011, when he promised his uncle —the head of Queretaro’s gastronomical council— that he would make the world’s biggest carnitas taco. 

Apparently, the Guinness record committee declined several applications prior to Paredes’.

Alejandro Paredes said the Guinness organizing committee had already declined five previous applications for ‘the world’s biggest carnitas taco’, so he waited until he knew he could fulfill all the requirements necessary to qualify for a world record.  “We used certified workers with history in Querétaro,” said Paredes. “We complied with all the regulations of the Guinness contract. All of the carnitas were made today, everyone had the proper equipment and, most importantly, we shared the food with all who attended.”

Guinness World Records does not award prize money, but Paredes said that if they raise any money as a result of the record, it will be donated.

“If we earn even one peso, it will be donated to the DIF family services center, because Querétaro should be the best state in Latin America,” he said.

For Reséndiz, the achievement was not only a world record, but also a personal best.

“I broke my own record because the last taco I made was 75 meters long. It was registered, but not certified. I hope that all 1500 people can eat. We began at six in the morning and we won’t go home until the volunteers feed the visitors and the taco is gone,” he said.

The enormous taco fed 1500 attendees. It took more than 25 chefs and 150 gastronomy students to prepare the record-breaking feat. The huge team of cooks started preparing the food 12 hours prior to the assembly of the taco. 

Queretaro managed to take Guadalajara’s record. 

The 102 meter long taco, made in Queretaro, broke the record that had been set by Guadalajara with its 75 meter long taco a few years prior.

But why carnitas in Queretaro?

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In Mexico, each state has its own culinary traditions and local plates — ‘carnitas’ is not typical of Queretaro, so why did they decide to make this particular taco?

“I recognize that there are other states in the country, like Michoacán, where they make delicious carnitas, but here in Querétaro there are seven different styles,” Paredes said. Alejandro Paredes claims to have conducted a study to find our which food was most consumed in his state, and voila, he found out that the people of Queretaro love carnitas. 

Carnitas are made by cooking the different parts of the pig in giant copper or stainless steel pots. The meat is traditionally seasoned with a mineral salt called tequesquite, but there are many different regional variations.

Local tourist agencies, taqueros, and municipal authorities plan to share the news about the record-breaking event, to promote tourism in the area and to invite taco-lovers everywhere, from Mexico and the world, to visit Queretaro and try its delicious carnitas.