Asian-Style Beef Burritos Recipe

By September 25, 2018 Food for thought, Recipes No Comments
Weight Loss Deerfield Beach


3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 medium yellow onion, halved and sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger root
1 pound ground lean beef*
1 tablespoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 large egg whites, slightly beaten
2 medium green onions, chopped
1 small chile pepper, seeded and sliced**
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
6 (10-inch) burrito-style white or whole-wheat tortillas


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger root; cook and stir, 4 to 5 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Add the beef, curry powder, salt and black pepper. Cook and stir, about 5 minutes, until the meat is browned and cooked through. Remove from the heat. Cool slightly.
  3. Add the eggs, egg whites, green onions, chile pepper and cilantro; blend well.
  4. To make each stuffed pancake, place one tortilla on a flat surface. Place about ½ cup of the beef mixture in the center of the tortilla, spreading the mixture into a 4½ x 4½-inch square. Fold the tortilla into a package by folding the top, bottom and sides to enclose the beef filling.
  5. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil on medium heat, on the nonstick skillet or on a stovetop grill. Carefully place each pancake in the skillet; cook for 5 minutes on each side until the filling is cooked inside and the outside is golden brown. You may need to cook the pancakes in batches, depending on the size of the skillet or grill surface. (Or, if you prefer, bake the murtabak in the oven).

    Cooking Notes

    *Substitute ground lamb or chicken for beef.

    **The pepper may be mild- to medium-spicy hot, depending on personal preference.

    Stuffed pancakes, or murtabak, also can be made ahead, refrigerated or frozen, and reheated in the oven at 350ºF.

    Nutrition Information

    Serves 6

    Calories: 450; Calories from fat: 160; Total fat: 18g; Saturated fat: 4g; Trans fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 120mg; Sodium: 570mg; Total carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary fiber: 3g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 26g

    Duyff, Roberta. “Asian-Style Beef Burritos Recipe.” Eat Right. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics., 30 Mar. 2018,