A dynasty is born: Rep. Walz wins his third hot dish cook-off

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Rep. Tim Walz has taken home his third hot dish cook-off title.

The Democrat's Turkey Taco Tot Hot Dish was voted the winner of Sen. Al Franken's sixth annual hot dish cook-off following a blind taste test.

"A hot dish dynasty is born," Walz said after winning, according to an email news release.


Franken's annual event has Minnesota's U.S. senators and representatives pitting their favorite homestate recipe against one another.

This year's cook-off included all the fixings, and a tribute to Prince, courtesy of Rep. Keith Ellison.


Here's a look at what everyone else made, and click here for each recipe:

  • Sen. Al Franken: Land of 10,000 Calories Hot Dish
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Babe the "Brew" Ox Steak and Ale Hot Dish
  • Rep. Tim Walz: Turkey Taco Tot Hot Dish
  • Rep. Collin Peterson: Collin's Rockin' Rabbit Hop Dish
  • Rep. Betty McCollum: Making Hot Dish Great Again Hot Dish
  • Rep. Jon Kline: Pizza Pie Hot Dish
  • Rep. Keith Ellison: The Most Beautiful Hot Dish in the World: Green Chile-Chicken Casserole
  • Rep. Rick Nolan: Cousin Jack's Hot-Rolled, Corrosion-Resistant Pasty Hot Dish
  • Rep. Erik Paulsen: The Boundary Waters Bacon, Beef, and Taters Hot Dish
  • Rep. Tom Emmer: The Havana Hot Dish

Franken says the friendly competition is a way to bring the state's congressional delegation together to celebrate a culinary tradition in Minnesota.


Walz called the event a "great way" for them to come together, adding: "As we move forward, let's carry this spirit of bipartisanship past the hot dish competition, and work to solve the real challenges we face."

This year's judges included three people with Minnesota ties: Minnesota native and Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema, his mother Dorothy Sietsema, and Ryan Jensen, Minnesota native and the founder of coffee shops in Washington, D.C.

For photos of this year's cook-off, click here.

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