Ground beef

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Ground beef is a popular ingredient used in many dishes, from burgers and meatballs to chili and tacos. Ground beef is versatile, affordable, and a good source of protein. In this article, we will explore the nutritional benefits of ground beef, how to cook it safely, and some popular dishes that use ground beef.

Ground beef

Nutritional Benefits

Ground beef is a good source of protein, iron, and other essential nutrients. A 3-ounce serving of cooked ground beef contains about 22 grams of protein and 2.5 milligrams of iron. However, ground beef can also be high in saturated fat and calories, especially if it is made from a higher-fat cut of beef. Choosing leaner cuts of beef and limiting portion sizes can help make ground beef a healthier part of a balanced diet.

Cooking Ground Beef Safely

It is important to cook ground beef thoroughly to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends cooking ground beef to an internal temperature of 160°F (71°C). It is also important to store ground beef properly and to avoid cross-contamination by using separate cutting boards and utensils for raw and cooked meat.

Popular Dishes that Use Ground Beef

  • Ground beef is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes. Some popular dishes that use ground beef include:
  • Hamburgers and cheeseburgers
  • Meatballs and meatloaf
  • Tacos and burritos
  • Chili and beef stew
  • Spaghetti sauce and lasagna

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