Calling All Minnesota Home Cooks – Enter Your Recipe Today!

beef-cookoff-250px THE 2013 NATIONAL

Healthy. Easy. Worldly.

These are a few words to describe this year’s recipe categories for the checkoff-funded National Beef Cook-Off (NBCO) and the Minnesota State Beef Council is looking for your winning creation for a Grand Prize of $25,000.

This year’s contest theme is “Making the Most of MyPlate,” which will encourage delicious, healthy recipes from a variety of food groups. Entrants are asked to develop original and tasty beef-focused recipes that include broadly appealing ingredients from the fruit and vegetable, grain products and dairy products groups. (The MyPlate initiative is led by the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and is designed to help consumers make better food choices.)  March is also National Nutrition Month and is a great time to focus on healthy recipes for you and your family.

Recipes can be submitted in the following categories:

  • Belt-Tightening Beef Recipes
    Healthy and affordable beef recipes that are great values to prepare
  • Semi-Homemade Beef Recipes
    Recipes that combine beef and fresh ingredients with prepackaged food products
  • Real Worldly, Real Simple Beef & Potato Recipes
    Easy & healthy lean beef and fresh potato recipes that feature international flavors
  • Craveable Fresh Beef & California Avocado Recipes
    Easy, fresh beef and avocado recipes that highlight California cuisine and cooking trends

Whether it’s a healthy twist on grandma’s favorite recipe or a dish with international flavor, the Minnesota State Beef Council is encouraging home cooks to get their creative juices flowing.

Enter the contest at through April 15, 2013 for a chance to win $25,000. Official contest rules, online entry form, recipe guidelines and other resources also can be found there. All participants must be 18 years or older.  Twenty-one finalists will be chosen and seven $1500 regional winners will be selected in addition to the national winner.   You can also visit,, and

This is a cooking contest you will not want to miss!  To get your creative juices going, try the grand prize winning recipe from the 2011 Beef Cookoff, Vegetable Mango Beef Stir Fry.

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