Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Home of the "7 Pound Breakfast Burrito"


Yes, you heard that right -- a seven pound burrito!  Where is this behemoth burrito served, or more importantly, why is it even made? To find out those answers I'll show you one of my favorite places to eat Mexican food when I visit my children in Denver, Colorado:


It is Jack-N-Grill, at their flagship restaurant located at 2524 N. Federal Blvd in Denver -- seven blocks north of Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium on the east side of Federal Blvd. Here you can taste owner Jack Martinez's delicious New Mexican style Mexican cuisine, flavored with his fire roasted spicy green Socorro chilies.


The Jack-N-Grill has won many awards, as you can see by their wall of proclamations.  They are especially proud of being voted #13 in a poll conducted by The Travel Channel as "Americas 101 Tastiest Places to Chow Down Countdown."


Their menu is full of a selection of moderately priced entrees.



My family and I enjoy their assortment of combination or sampler plates.


We also like their selection of giant burgers. The Food Network Magazine included a Jack-N- Grill burger called "The Jaurez - South of the Border Monster Burger" in their best burgers issue of "50 States 50 Burgers."


My son loves their New Mexican Posole -- it is cooked with no meat, but green or red chili and a choice of shredded beef, chicken or pork, can be added.


But the star attraction is their giant 7 pound Breakfast Burrito, introduced as a "Can you eat it all?" challenge in 2003.  It is full of 6 pounds of grilled potatoes, 12 scrambled eggs,  1/2 pound of ham, 1/2 pound of cheese, onions and chilies--all wrapped in burrito shells and smothered with chili sauce and cheese. You can watch a video of it being made on this Youtube video.


A whole family, or group of friends, can order one 7 pound breakfast burrito to share.  If you take the challenge to eat it all by yourself, however, there are two rules: there is no time limit, and you are not allowed a bathroom break.  If a man finishes it, he does not pay, and he gets a photo of his face on their "Wall of Fame."  If a woman finishes it, she does not pay, and she also gets her photo placed on the "Wall of Fame," plus she gets to eat at any Jack-N-Grill for free, for life!   About one in twenty people that take the challenge are successful in eating the whole burrito.


The Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food" TV show host Adam Richman took the challenge and failed!  He ate a little more than a half and then threw in the towel. You can watch a time lapse video of his attempt on The Travel Channel on this link.


So, what do you think?  Could you eat it all?



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54 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

OH MY! I can't eat that much at one time! But it would fit in nicely with the meal I made last night! I posted my 'all yellow' meal! heehee! This burrito would fit right in! ♥

ellen b. said...

Looks like a meal for 7 people for sure. I love Mexican food and burritos are way up there but I never could eat a 7 pounder! Now I'm craving some Mexican food...

NuminosityBeads said...

I can't even look at it right now since I just overstuffed myself with an early dinner. We were trying to strategize by eating early a few hours before our yoga class but misjudged the amount and we had to cancel the class...and now this...ohhhhhh, groan
xoxo Kim

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Ah, no to the 7lb burrito... My first thought was "my butt!!!":@)

Michelle said...

No way! But, the next time we are in Denver I am going there!

pam said...

Oh my word....I'm feeling a little sick just thinking about that much food. I LOVE Mexican. I'll have to put this in my phone on my travel restaurants to hit.

camp and cottage living said...

Pat I love Mexican food and this looks like my kind of place!
But there's no way I could eat a 7#
burrito!

Catherine said...

Wow! That is fabulous! I watched the video, so much fun. We love Denver and are crazy about good Mexican food. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

Nope, couldn't begin to eat all that, but I sure am hungry after all these food images. ;-)

Ginny said...

This place looks awesome! How many times have you eaten there? I would never try to eat the whole thing, it is not good for your system! It looks soooo good, though!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Looks like a perfect place to share meals with lots of friends!...or, bring a bunch of teenage boys...they usually have big appetites.

Claudia said...

I'll take the sampler platter, thank-you.

Pondside said...

Noooooo - just looking at the pictures - I swear - has widened my hips and threatened any MOB dress shopping for this week!

Carol said...

I couldn't even eat half, but I'd sure give it a try! That place looks fantastic.

Theanne said...

There was a time when I'd have given that big boy a try...reminds me of the chimichangas I used to eat in Tucson AZ/Sierra Vista AZ when I was a size 24

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimichanga

But now no way will a chimi ever be on my menu again!

Those are some fantastic photos...and I'll admit my mouth is watering! :-)

Vee said...

No way, but I could die happy. :D

Have you shared it with your family? Was it any good?

Judy Bigg said...

You need to have a party with this great food. Thanks for sharing.

Annesphamily said...

Hi Pat! You post the best stuff about my town! North Denver is filled with lots of wonderful places to eat and being a born and raised Coloradoan I love Mexican food! But my hometown of Pueblo always wins hands down for the best of the best of Mexican food! Ah....Thanks for sharing.

podso said...

Well it looks good if you didn't know the size. That would be a fun thing for a group to go for!

Linda Chapman said...

You ALWAYS have such interesting posts!!! I will have to stop in here on my next trip to Denver! I will NOT attempt to eat more than my fair share!!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

My cholesterol just went up 50 points, my weight just moved ahead 10 pounds and my stomach doesn't feel so good all of a sudden!

Lily Hydrangea said...

If I stayed over night at the restaurant I think I might be able to do it.

Willow said...

I would be able to eat it--in a week!

Ola said...

It's always nice to discover restaurants and flavors with you!

Life and travelling
Cooking

Old Kitty said...

Just watched the cooking of the big burrito cos I wasn't really sure what a burrito was - now I know! LOL!!

I love the way the chillis are prepared though - that looks really yummy! And I do like it when the chefs/cooks are passionate with their food and the care and attention to detail! This man loves creating his big burrito! good for him!

Twelve eggs!??! LOL! but I'm so impressed all these people on the wall of fame have succeeded! LOL!

Take care
x

Snap said...

I love burritos and fill my freezer with Amy's ... just in case I don't want to cook! But a 7 pound burrito ... I don't think so!!!!! Fun post!

steviewren said...

Oh my gosh, it makes me feel sick to even think of eating the whole thing. I do love good Mexican food though. You are making me want to visit my favorite local restaurant.

I watch Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and always drool over what's cooking. I'd love to visit a couple of those spots too.

Paula's Postings said...

Your post has made my mouth water but I don't think I could eat a 7lb. I'm off to make some lunch.

The Gathering Place said...

The burrito looks huge, but it does look tasty. Next time I go to Denver I'll check the place out.

Riet said...

Oh my, it sounds and looks delicious but how on earth can you eat 7 pounds of food at one time. Great post Pat.

Marilyn said...

Nope .... I can't eat dairy or fats.... I am sure this has a lot of both!! ...Seriously ... 7 lbs. doesn't even look enticing!!
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Have a Great Day!!
Marilyn

Jeanne said...

Good morning Pat, i am a happy Blogger this morning because I have time to visit for a change.

I would love to try this burrito but in a size I could eat. The food all looks so delicious. It has been a long time since I was in Colorado but we loved skiing there.

I also loved reading your Mother of the bride dress search. It is a BIG decision. I'm so happy you found the dress you will be happy wearing. I am happy my children's weddings are all done. It is a wonderful but stressful journey. Now comes the grands in a few years. One is already married. Yikes, I am shocked at how time has sped up of late. HA!

Wishing a lovely wedding celebration with your daughter and happy days ahead.
Hugs, Jeanne

Ebie said...

Huge! Maybe I can only eat 1/4 of that! Can I have the rest to go? LOL!

Sheila said...

Now this is a post i'll show the farmer later. He loves the "Man Versus Food" show. He's cooking beef stew right now so it's my day off. I love a day without worrying about what I'll cook for supper! It must be fun to eat at a place this famous - but not too often...

La Petite Gallery said...

Love Mexican food. I don't know if I could eat all that. 10 years ago I could.. It all looks good.

yvonne

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Oh Pat, I cracked up laughing when I saw this post and I said to myself - "Oh no she didn't" . . . then I thought, she won't get into that dress for the wedding!!! LOL!!! Phew, what a relief it was to read how many people it feeds!

This post made me smile and made me hungry! LOL!!!

ARLENE said...

While I admit to needing to attend Weight Watchers, there's no way I could eat that quantity of potatoes, much less everything else. If I ever get to Denver, I'll be sure to look up Jack and Grill.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Okay, if Adam failed, there's no need for me to try! LOL! Man that burger looks wonderful! blessings ~ tanna

Kathleen said...

Nope, couldn't do it! My Irish stomach can't take Mexican food, no peppers or anything like that! But I could do a good job on that hamburger, for sure!

There's a place out here that does a 76 oz steak challenge. We were there once when a soldier did it. You had one hour. Iwas afraid he would have a heart attack.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Suddenly I'm craving a margarita. :-)

Anna Reid said...

Hello...I am new here and was completely intrigued by the 7 pound breakfast burrito. I have a perverse pleasure in watchin Man vs Food and I definitely think that even my best effort wouldn't help me get through this beast :)

Vagabonde said...

I enjoyed looking at all the mature women hair styles. Your walks in Brooklyn must be so much fun – there is beautiful architecture in Clinton Hills – a joy for a photographer. Your search for a MOB dress must have been so stressful but it looks like the one you decided on is lovely – the color and the fabric. I have to be in a wedding in July, my daughter’s brother in law. All the in-laws of my daughter are from the state of Kerala, India and all the women will wear saris or other Indian clothing. I’d like to wear something like that too. We are going to NYC in May so I hope I can find some Indian clothing stores there. That 7-pound burrito would be a good deal because that would mean burritos for 10 days!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Well, it's quite the conversation piece but it's probably more than a family of four could manage for breakfast! Everything looks delicious there. We love good Mexican food!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

No, I could never finish it, but I would love to try. The burrito looks really delicious and cheesy.

Tracy said...

OMG...I'm just sitting here, mouth a-gap, and a-gog over this big bad burrito! It's actually pretty mind boggling...LOL! Much as I love Tex-Mex food, not sure I'd have the courage to even order that, as I'd not make it past one bite probably--LOL! This was very fun to see... and wonderful food--YUM! Happy Weekend, Pat ((HUGS))

Cathy said...

Holy Cow, I could work on that burrito all week and probably not finish it! The food looks delicious and it sound like a fun place to go for a meal. I would head straight for that combo plate.

backroadjournal said...

I saw the programs you mentioned. We wonder why Americans are so overweight, here lies the story. Too many people think that the bigger the portion the better.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

I saw Adam Richman episode at this restaurant! I would LOVE a taste of that burrito but would NOT do it justice and I consider myself a HEARTY eater!

It ALL looks delicious!

Honey at 2805 said...

That's a lot of burrito! I love Mexican food! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Goodness, they don't do things by halves, do they?!

Jacqueline said...

I am naughty enough to want to give it a try? Did you give it a try by yourself? Unbelievable. Definitely going to watch the video. I guess if he couldn't do it, I couldn't but I would love to try it!

Cindy said...

I most definitely could not eat it, but boy does all of the food look good! I would love to eat there.
Hugs, Cindy

Sue said...

New Mexican cuisine in Colorado! Amazing... What most people do not realize is that is is NOT Mexican food at all! Of course, northern NM cuisine is totally different than that from the rest of the state. I'm from the Land of Enchantment and we like our chile from Hatch. We don't use enchilada sauce- instead, we make chile. Green and red. No hamburger meat, either! We use steak or shredded roast beef. Texas tends to influence the southeast part of the state so their food down there is totally different.
Whoa, Pat, I'm making myself hungry. LOL I have a stash of red chile in the pantry- guess I need to cook up some chile, make some enchiladas, deep fry some sopaipillas, and just enjoy!

Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs said...

Isn't that crazy? A burrito the size of a newborn. Gah! My husband and I have talked about visiting that place but then forget each time we go to Denver. Need to make a special trip directly there. Yum!