Skip to content

A ‘Murta-Dilla’ ?

Murtadilla 1

The rather whimsical name of today’s feature comes from the fact that it is something like a cross between a Quesedilla and he lesser known mid-eastern/south-east Asian snack known as a Murtabak. I wasn’t actually planning this dish with a blog-post in mind (I was just hungry) but it began to get interesting as I worked on the idea and so I thought I would share…

Anyway, a proper Murtabak uses a raw flat-bread dough (of the Roti type) folded to enclose a thick filling of meat, eggs, or whatever you like, which is then griddle fried. This particular version, like a Quesadilla, uses a prepared Tortilla as the wrapper, but it incorporates cheese with a spicy beef mixture and is folded Murtabak style before being grilled… 

The Ingredients

  • 2 large Flour Tortillas;
  • 1/3lb. ground Beef;
  • ½ tsp. Garlic Salt;
  • ½ tsp. ground Cumin Seed;
  • 1 tsp. dried Chili Flakes,
  • 1 pinch each dried Thyme and Black Pepper;
  • ¼ cup slivered Onion;
  • ¼ cup. Pickled Hot Peppers, sliced;
  • ½ cup shredded Cheese (I use a Cheddar, Monterey Jack blend).

Murtadilla 2

First, fry the beef in a pan and drain off excess fat after it is thoroughly browned. Return to the heat and add the spices, stirring until fragrant, then add the onion and peppers. When the onion is just beginning to soften slightly, remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool.

Murtadilla 3

Toss the cheese with the meat mixture and put half of it on one of the Tortillas to form a square mound at the center.

Murtadilla 4

Now fold the edges up and across the middle to form a square package like an envelope.

Murtadilla 5

Heat up a little oil in a frying pan over a medium low flame and add the ‘envelope’ seam side down. Fry gently, pressing down with a spatula occasionally until the bottom is nicely browned and sealed shut, then turn it over and brown the other side as well. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and serve your ‘Murtadillas’ with Hot Sauce, Guacamole, Chutney, or whatever tickles your fancy…


One Comment Post a comment
  1. I didn’t know about Murtabak, but I love finding variations of filled treats like meat pies, omelets, and burritos from other parts of the world.
    Apparently tomorrow is pie day, but I’m not into sweets much, so perhaps I’ll do some sort of meat pie.

    A new one I’ve been making lately is the Indian egg chapati roll, which some Indian friends says is basically a fast food and some simply call an “egg roll.” I have it linked near the bottom here if you’re interested. 🙂

    Anyway, I always enjoy your blog – keep it up!

    March 13, 2015

Comments, thoughts or suggestions most welcome...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Meet & Eats

The food that I've had the pleasure of meeting and eating.

Uncle Grumpy's Playroom

Current events, humor, science, religion, satire

Food Travel Lover

走过的地方 尝过的美食 留下的回忆

The Odd Pantry

Essays on food

Reputable Sources

Organizing ferments since 2013

that Other Cooking Blog

. food . photo . sous vide .


My Virtual Cookbook to Share My Love and Joy of Food and Cooking One Recipe at a Time

lola rugula

my journey of cooking, gardening, preserving and more

Yummy Lummy

I cook, photograph and eat food with the occasional restaurant review!

Eye Of the Beholder

A pair of eternally curious eyes and a camera...Life is beautiful.

gluten free zen

Taking The Stress Out Of Gluten-Free Grain-Free & Dairy-Free Living

Clayton's Kitchen

Big flavors and fun cooking from a cubbyhole kitchen

Bunny Eats Design

Happy things, tasty food and good design


Dentist chef, just a dentistry student who practice the dentist's cooking recipes in a dentist's kitchen

Mad Dog TV Dinners

Guess what's coming to dinner?


Real Food & Real Opinions

Bento Days

Making bentos for kids

Garden to Wok

Fresh and tasty!

Bam's Kitchen

Healthy World Cuisine

Trang Quynh

everyone is special in their own way :)

Farm to Table Asian Secrets

Full-Flavored Recipes for Every Season


If people say that life is too short to drink bad wine, it means also that life is too short to eat crappy food!

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

The Unorthodox Epicure

Confessions of an Aspiring Food Snob

The 好吃 Challenge

1 girl, 273 days, 100 recipes


a recipe sharing and bento blog


Just another site

The Food Nazi

Never try to eat more than you can lift

Expat Chef in Barcelona

From my kitchen to yours

Keeping Up With the Holsbys

a journey into my head and my pantry

Nurul's Culinary Adventures

I Love Food, the Universe and Everything!!


home-cooking recipes, restaurant reviews, International cuisine ,

Naked Vegan Cooking

Body-positive Vegan Goodness

Bites of Food History

Sharing my Experimental Archaeology of Food

Stefan's Gourmet Blog

Cooking, food, wine


A Journey About Food, Recipes And Destinations


Fresh, exciting and adventurous food journey

One Man's Meat

Multi-award winning food blog, written in Dublin, Ireland.

%d bloggers like this: