Makayla Grijalva | News-Bulletin photos
Steam billowed from gas-heated comals and discos at Eagle Park this weekend as a dozen teams from across the county cooked chicharrones, carnitas and more with a healthy dose of red chile at the World’s Largest Matanza, hosted by the Hispano Chamber of Valencia County. Roughly 9,600 patrons attended the event, one of the largest turnouts in the celebration’s history, following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“People were looking for a return to the fun traditional atmosphere,” said Robert Lucero, HCVC president. “It’s like seeing friends and family that you haven’t seen in a long time.”
The chamber raised an estimated $55,000, which will contribute directly to scholarships awarded to local students. Lucero said chamber members are already planning for next year’s event with some fun changes coming he thinks will be a big hit.
2023 Grand Champion: 1. Rio Grande Matanzeros; Runner Up: AC Disposal; 3. Los Lunas Schools
People’s Choice Award: 1. Rio Grande Matanzeros; Runner Up: Team Gregory A. Baca
Liver: 1. The ChicaRones; 2. City of Belen; 3. AC Disposal
Carne Adovada: 1. Rio Grande Matanzeros; 2. Los Lunas Schools; 3. Team Gregory A. Baca
Chicharones: 1. AC Disposal; 2. Rio Grande Matanzeros; 3. Los Lunas Schools
Specialty Pork Dish: 1. Rio Grande Matanzeros; 2. City of Belen; 3. Los Lunas Schools
Iron Pig: 1. AC Disposal
Biscochitos: 1. Roseann Peralta; 2. Alice Ramirez; 3. Ramón Baca
Natillas: 1. María Maez Márez; 2. Antonio Sedillo; 3. Pam Ulibarrí
Pastelitos: 1. Elaine Montoya; 2. Denisha Sanchez; 3. Ramón Baca
Red Chile: 1. Lori Ann Martínez; 2. Elaine Montoya; 3. TeeCee Centeno
Salsa: 1. Kevin Jojola; 2. LoriAnn Martínez: 3. TeeCee Senteno
Tortillas: 1. William Trodden; 2. Jr. Martinez; 3. Dorothy Flores
Makayla Grijalva was born and raised in Las Cruces. She is a 2020 graduate of The University of New Mexico, where she studied multimedia journalism, political science and history.