Estofado con papas

This is a magical Guatemalan stew. You will be wrapped in a warm embrace of potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, beans, plant-based meat, and rich stew spices.

Healthy comfort food at its best!


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 pound plant-based beef-less strips, cut into cubes, or other vegan meat
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup red wine, port, or vegetable broth
  • 3 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Water just to cover the veggies
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until softened, then add the garlic, peppers, and thyme. Stir and cook until the onion and peppers are nicely browned.

Toss the plant-based meat in the flour to coat the pieces, then add to the onion-pepper stirfry mix. Cook for another couple of minutes, stirring often.

Deglaze the pan by adding the red wine or broth, using a spatula to incorporate all the yummy bits from the bottom of the pan.

Next, add the potatoes, carrot, celery, tomato, and beans. Add enough water to just cover the potatoes and veggies, stir, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes to soften the veggies.

Taste for salt and pepper and add as much as desired. If you’d like the stew a bit thicker, feel free to mix in 1 Tbsp flour at a time and stir well to thicken it. Serve your estofado con papas hot from the stove, and settle in for your nice, warm hug.


I am determined not to speak when anger manifests in me.

I will practice mindful breathing and walking to recognize and look deeply into my anger.

I know that the roots of anger can be found in my wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in myself and the other person.

I will speak and listen in such a way as to help myself and the other person to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

May we all find a little bit more peace in our day today.

Chef Maitri Carmichael brings a creative and peaceful energy to every plate. She grew up in Toronto with a British Grandma and an Italian Nonna who showed their love through food, then she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years, spending her free time at community farms and zen kitchens. Originally a scientist and biotech entrepreneur, she graduated from the Vegan Chef School in London (2021) and the Raw Food Culinary Academy in Vancouver (2023), and is now settled in Hawaii.

3 responses to “Estofado con papas”

  1. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Muy delicioso!!

  2. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Twitter comment from Andreas: Guten Appetit! Ich wünsche euch noch einen schönen Abend und später eine gute Nacht schlaft gut.

  3. maitricookswithlove Avatar

    Facebook comment from Rebecca: It looks and sounds delicious
    I love my veggies 💞

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