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Ground Pork

posted Feb 11, 2013, 8:30 AM by Sam Hunt   [ updated Feb 11, 2013, 9:22 AM ]
Ground Pork is pork that has been ground or finely chopped. It is unseasoned and usually is available fresh with an average lean-fat ratio of about 70 percent lean, 30 percent fat.
Ground Pork can be substituted in many recipes that call for ground beef . Try replacing Ground Beef with Ground Pork in meatloaf, meatballs or tacos! Remember to cook pork thoroughly though as raw meat can be contaminated with bacteria that can cause food poisoning or other foodborne illnesses. The important thing to remember is that ground pork must be browned and no longer pink to be fully cooked and safe to eat.
Ground Pork contains a significant amount of selenium and thiamin. A 3 oz. portion provides almost half of the dietary reference intake (DRI) of protein for adults under 50 (21.8 grams of protein  which is 39% of DRI for men and 48% for women), more than 50% of DRI for selenium (which defends against oxidative stress and regulates the thyroid), 27% DRI for phosphorus, and 24% for Zinc. Ground Pork is naturally low in sodium if cooked without added salt (62 mg per 3 oz. serving) and contains all the essential amino acids (18 different amino acids). A 3 oz. serving of ground pork also contains 17.7 grams of fat - 6.56 g saturated fat, 7.8 g monounsaturated fat and 1.6 g of polyunsaturated fat. One serving of ground pork contains 80 mg of cholesterol as well.
This week, try our Ground Pork for only $2.49/lb!! 
Ground Pork Tacos
Servings: 4
    • 1 lb ground pork
    • 1 (8 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
    • 1/2 cup diced onions
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 8 flour tortillas ( or 8 hard taco shells)


    • lettuce or shredded cheese or sour cream, etc. for garnish
  1. Brown the ground pork in a large skillet.
  2. Add in undrained tomatoes, onion, and seasonings.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is gone- about 10 minutes.
  4. Spoon mixture into tortillas or taco shells, garnish as desired, and enjoy!



Jiffy Ground Pork Skillet

Servings: 5



  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices



Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook pork and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for five more minutes to allow flavors to blend.

Drain the pasta and add to skillet. Stir in zucchini. Cover and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the zucchini is crisp-tender.

     Spanish Pork Meatballs
    Servings: Makes 20 Bite-size Meatballs


    -          ½ lb. Ground Pork

    -          1 egg

    -          1 clove garlic, minced

    -          2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

    -          ¼ cup breadcrumbs

    -          ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

    -          1 teaspoon sweet paprika

    -          ½ teaspoon salt

    -          ½ teaspoon ground pepper

    -          Canola or sunflower oil for frying

    -          Flour for dusting



    -          1 tablespoon olive oil

    -          1 clove garlic, minced

    -          2 tablespoons each chopped onion and piquillo pepper

    -          ¾ cup chicken broth


    For meatballs, combine ground pork, egg, garlic, onion, breadcrumbs, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper. Form into teaspoon-size balls (you should have about 20). Heat about ½ inch of oil in a heavy skillet. When hot, but not smoking, dust the meatballs with flour and brown evenly on all sizes. Remove, drain and set aside.


    For sauce, heat olive oil in another pan and sauté garlic, onion and peppers. Add chicken broth and cook for 10 minutes. Add meatballs to the sauce and cook for 10 minute, turning often until sauce thickens and meatballs are cooked through.





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