Have you ever eaten cow’s stomach? Yeah, I know. Not the most appetizing-sounding ingredient. But It’s a common staple in many cultures around the world. In our family’s Italian heritage, I used to hear about my grandpa who loved a dish called Tripe (“Trippa”) that contained it. And our Ecuadorian family grew up with a dish called “Guatita” that used it.
Guatita is a beef stew served in a creamy peanut sauce with big chunks of potato. The only ingredient you have to replace to make it vegan is the beef. To get that chewy, meaty texture, our favorite substitute is Seitan, made of wheat gluten. However, if you want a Gluten-Free option, you could also use little pieces of mushrooms, firm tofu, tempeh, or a combination of any of those.
This is a HUGE hit with our Ecuadorian relatives, who can’t believe we made a traditional dish so tasty with no meat. But in reality, you are only replacing one ingredient, so all the other flavors are still there!
It also goes over extremely well with kiddos, since they love peanut butter, potatoes, and chewy seitan. Be sure to cut all the ingredients as tiny as possible for kids, especially since Seitan could be a choking hazard for them.
Enjoy the peanut buttery potato-y goodness of our Guatita Vegana!
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Red Onion, diced small
1 Green Bell Pepper, diced small
¼ tsp. Ground Cumin
½ tsp. Paprika (or Ground Annatto if you can find it), for color
¼ tsp. Salt
3 Potatoes (large), peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
1 Cup Seitan, diced into small ¼ inch pieces (See Notes)
½ Cup Peanut Butter (creamy, natural type with no sugar or oil)
2 Tbsp. Cilantro, minced
Salt & Freshly Cracked Black Pepper to taste
Most store-bought Seitan has oil in it, so homemade is the better choice for an Oil-Free option. We buy Vital Wheat Gluten flour from Bob’s Red Mill and then follow the recipe on the back of the bag for Basic Seitan. If we purchase store-bought Seitan, we use a full 8 oz. package of Sweet Earth Traditional Seitan Strips for this recipe. As noted earlier, if serving to small children, dice very small and watch them carefully as they eat, since Seitan could pose a choking hazard.
Alternatively, you can blend 2 Cups of warm water with the Peanut Butter to make a smoother sauce. However, I would recommend using a heavy-duty blender like a Vitamix for this job, as the Peanut Butter tends to jam and overheat a normal Oster blender.