May is beef month

Beef Month is a time to celebrate the community of farmers who work hard every day to raise safe and nutritious beef that is enjoyed by consumers around the world. The following information has been provided by the checkoff division of the Illinois Beef Association, the producer-funded and directed organization that promotes beef through the $1.50-per-head beef checkoff. For assistance downloading photos or files please contact Stacey Lorenz at


National Beef Statistics

Cattle are raised in every state across the U.S. for consumers all over the world. Learn More

Beefy Breakfast

There’s something comforting and satisfying about a hot breakfast! Not to mention, eating a protein-rich breakfast keeps you feeling full, longer, which may result in less snacking throughout the day.

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Grilling Season is here

Grilling is one of the most exciting ways to enjoy beef. Whether cooking on a gas or charcoal grill, in the backyard or at a tailgate, this cooking method provides maximum flavor and optimal tenderness.

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Lean beef

We all know that beef tastes great, but did you know how good it is for you too? A serving of lean beef (3 oz. about the size of a deck of cards) provides 10 essential nutrients, including about half your Daily Value for protein in around 150 calories!

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May Beef Month Promotion Materials 

When using these beef infographics, photos recipes please give credit to the Illinois Beef Association and the Beef Checkoff Program. If you require a higher resolution, please contact Stacey at 


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Two Steppin' Tenderloin

Let your oven do the hard work in this easy and elegant preparation of juicy beef Tenderloin Steaks served with cherry, almond and spinach brown rice.



Pizza with a purpose

With a blend of your favorite veggies mixed right into the pizza sauce and topped with lean Ground Beef, you've got yourself an easy and totally irresistible pizza.



Tenderloin, cranberry & Pear salad with honey mustard dressing

Ready in just 25 minutes, this will be a go-to for quick & nutritious weeknight meals.



Spicy buffalo-style meatballs

Two classics join forces in this appetizer! Classic beef meatballs meet hot and tangy fuffalo sauce with just enough Blue Cheese for dipping!



Zesty BBQ Cheeseburgers

Who can resist a juicy Ground Beef burger with extra zip from BBQ sauce?



Beef Steak & Black Bean Soft tacos

This steak taco recipe gets extra flavor from a black bean and salsa paste and fresh toppings. This Beef. It's What's For Dinner recipe is certified by the American Heart Association.



Sloppy Joe Five ways

If you are looking for tasty new ways to serve Sloppy Joes, we have the answer.



Balsamic marinated flank steak

Tangy balsamic vinegar makes this marinade. Mix in Dijon mustard, garlic and basil, pour over Flank Steak, then gill and serve with a variety of veggies for a simple, fresh meal.