Jackie Woodworth of Chillicothe won 2nd place in the 2011 KMZU Best Beef Recipe Contest.  The 2012 contest is well underway.  Entries will be accepted through Friday, May 18th.  Send recipes to 102 North Mason, Carrollton, Mo 64633.  To email recipes click here.

2nd Place
MEXICAN LASAGNA

2 lbs  Ground beef
16 oz  Can refried beans
4 oz  Can chopped green chilies
1 envelope Taco Seasoning
2 T   Hot salsa
12 oz  Uncooked lasagna noodles
4 C   Shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
16 oz  Mild salsa
2 C  Water
16 oz  Sour cream
1   Can sliced ripe olives, drained (2¼ oz)
3   Green onions chopped

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, drain.  Stir in beans, chilies, taco seasoning and hot salsa.
In greased 13x9x2″ baking dish, layer a third of the noodles and
meat mixture.  Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese.  Repeat layers twice.
Combine mild salsa and water, pour over top.  Cover and bake for 1 hour until heated through.  Top with sour cream, olives, onions and remaining cheese.  Bake uncovered for 5 minutes.  Let stand 10-15 minutes before cutting.

Yield: 12 servings.