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Competitive eating: Here's a guide to 10 of the craziest food challenges in Texas

Christopher Howley
Corpus Christi Caller Times

We've all been there. 

You walk into a restaurant and see the famous Wall of Fame filled with faces that look tired and stuffed.

Moments before the host leads you to your table, you think about what those faces could have possibly eaten to get up on that wall. 

Sticking to the saying "Everything's bigger in Texas," the Lone Star State has some of the most intimidating food challenges in the country. 

In no particular order, here are a few you need to see to believe:

Fatty's Burger Plate

You ever see a four-pound burger with a pound of bacon on top? Didn't think so. 

Four pounds of ground beef, one pound of bacon, shredded cheese, green chili queso, vegetables and a nearly 12 inch bun served with a pound of FoJos at Fatty's Grill.

Fatty's Grill in San Angelo is home to one of the biggest burgers on the planet. Their burger plate challenge includes the gigantic burger topped with shredded cheese, green chili queso, vegetables and a nearly 12-inch bun served with a pound of FoJos.

Those who finish the plate within the hour time limit receive the meal for free. Anyone who finishes in less than 30 minutes also receives a $100 cash reward. 

The challenge has yet to be given an official name, but the staff is prepared to let the first person to finish the burger name it. 

Where: 2402 Martin Luther King Blvd., San Angelo

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The Chupacabra Challenge 

Located in San Marcos, the Taproom Pub and Grub may have the most daunting eating challenge in all of Texas. 

The Chupacabra Challenge will put you to the test in more than one way. In just 45 minutes, challengers must eat a full rack of ribs, 24 nuclear hot wings, a burger, a basket of fries and a basket of onion rings. 

Those who complete the challenge will receive the meal for free, a T-shirt and probably a long nap. 

Where: 129 E Hopkins St. #120, San Marcos 

Mt. Hypnotic

Brain freeze!

The Hypnotic Emporium Ice Cream & Candy Shop in Mansfield is home to one of the biggest bowls of ice cream you will ever see. 

Mt. Hypnotic is a bowl filled with 20 -- yes, you read that right, 20 -- scoops of different flavored ice cream, but that's not all. On top of all that ice cream is a doughnut, a Charleston Chew chocolate bar, a waffle cone and three extra toppings. 

Think you can handle all that? Think again. Challengers are only granted 15 minutes to clear out the bowl. Those who complete the challenge receive a spot on the Wall of Fame.

Where: 109 S Main St., Mansfield

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The Psycho Burger

The Psycho Burger at Willie's Place starts as a double meat cheeseburger, but Willie adds grilled jalapeno peppers, grilled habanero peppers, grilled ghost peppers, ghost pepper hot sauce and ghost pepper nacho cheese sauce.

Willie's Place in Wichita Falls just might play host to the spiciest burger in all of Texas. If you're craving a challenge and love spicy food, you'll definitely need to try the Psycho Burger.

The Psycho Burger is topped with ghost chilies, ghost sauce, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, jalapeños and habanero. 

If you finish this lava-hot burger in less than 25 minutes, you'll earn a free T-shirt, the meal for free and a spot on the Wall of Fame. 

Where: 3135 10th St., Wichita Falls

The Zellagabetsky

Kenny and Ziggy's New York Delicatessen Restaurant has provided Houston residents with unique New York deli cuisine for over two decades. 

With Kenny and Ziggy's favorite deli food comes the famous Zellagabetsky sandwich challenge. The sandwich towers eight layers high and consists of corned beef, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, salami, tongue and Swiss cheese with coleslaw, Russian dressing and red sweet pepper. 

Those brave enough to finish the sandwich earn a slice of cheesecake on the house. 

Where: 2327 Post Oak Blvd., Houston

The Aggie Special

More of a breakfast person? The HullaBaloo Diner in College Station has you covered. 

The Aggie Special consists of a 12-egg omelet with the choice of any or all bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, sausage, ham, bacon, tomatoes, jalapenos, and  cheddar/American/Swiss cheese. 

But that's not it. The omelet will also be smothered in your choice of green chili, sausage gravy or pepper gravy. Folks who finish this monstrous omelet earn a free t-shirt.  

Where: 15045 FM 2154, College Station

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Recio's five-pound taco

Christopher Villarreal(left) and Cristian Lopez(right) trying to take on the Recio's Breakfast Taco Challenge

When you're told you have the biggest of something in Texas, you've done something right.

In 2020, Recio's Smokehouse in Corpus Christi was dubbed the home of the biggest breakfast taco in Texas. The five-pound taco is filled with refried beans, sausage and egg, bacon and egg, chorizo and egg, potato and egg, brisket and shredded cheese.

Recio's five-pound taco is nothing but the pure definition of "Everything's bigger in Texas." 

Where: 5526 Old Brownsville Road, Corpus Christi

72-ounce Steak Challenge 

A 72 oz. steak is only part of the intimidating challenge offered by the Big Texan Steak Ranch.

Just off the side of the historic Route 66 lies the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. Inside the ranch waits a nearly unthinkable challenge.

The famous 72-ounce Steak Challenge has become nationally known after its creation in 1962. In just one hour, challengers must clear a table consisting of the 72-ounce steak, a shrimp cocktail, a salad, a baked potato and a roll with butter. 

Those who complete the challenge will live on forever in the ranch's record book. The record for the fastest time currently sits at just 17 minutes. 

Where: 7701 Interstate 40 East Access Road, Amarillo

Ol' South Pancake House Big Stack Challenge

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but at the Ol' South Pancake House in Fort Worth, it's the only meal of the day. 

The Big Stack Challenge tests your gut with eight pancakes with a diameter of one foot. Weighing about six pounds total, the Big Stack challenge must be completed in 30 minutes in order for your picture to be hung on the Wall of Fame.  

Where: 1509 S University Dr, Fort Worth

The Pizza Challenge

Are you worried you won't be able to complete a food challenge on your own? Don't worry!

The Brooklyn Heights Pizzeria in Austin allows you to team up with your hungriest friend to conquer the daunting 12-pound Pizza Challenge.

With your choice of either two meat toppings or three veggie toppings, the 28-inch pizza consists of six pounds of dough. There is a one-hour time limit to the challenge. 

Challengers who finish the pizza earn the meal for free and are rewarded with a $200 cash prize. 

Where: 14900 Avery Ranch Blvd., Austin

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