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Guatita or tripe stew

Guatita: Ecuadorian tripe stew

Ecuadorian guatita is a traditional dish of beef tripe stew with potatoes cooked in a delicous peanut sauce.
Course Main dish
Cuisine Ecuadorian, Latin American
Keyword Guatita, Peanuts, Potatoes, Tripe, Tripe stew with potatoes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours


To cook the tripe:

  • 2 lbs beef tripe washed and cleaned
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 10 cups water
  • 5 cilantro sprigs
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin

To prepare the tripe stew or guatita:

  • ½ cup of peanut butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 1 cup diced red onion about ½ red onion
  • 2 cups diced white onion about 1 whole white onion
  • ½ bell pepper diced
  • 1 to mato peeled, seeded and diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp achiote or annatto powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 4 medium sized potatoes peeled and diced into small squares
  • Salt/Pepper

Recommended side dishes:


  • Cover the tripe with juice from half of the lemon, water and salt, let rest for 10 minutes and repeat. Rinse well the last time.
  • In a large stock pot, cover the tripe with 10 cups of water, cilantro sprigs, garlic, salt, and cumin, bring to a boil, reduce temperature and simmer until tender, about 2 hours, drain and save 2 cups of the broth.
  • Mix the peanut butter with ½ cup of milk to soften it (so that it mixes in better later).
  • Dice the tripe into small pieces.
  • Prepare a refrito with the butter, achiote, cumin, salt, oregano, chopped onion, bell pepper, tomato and garlic, cook until the onions are translucent and soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Blend the refrito, remaining milk and peanut butter sauce to obtain a smooth sauce.
  • Place the blended sauce, the 2 cups of reserved tripe broth, the diced potatoes and diced tripe in a large stockpot.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce temperature and simmer until the potatoes are tender and the sauce starts to thicken, about 25 minutes.
  • Lightly mash some of the potatoes to help thicken the sauce.
  • Taste and add salt/pepper if needed.
  • Serve with white rice, onion curtido, tomato slices, avocado slices and a good hot sauce.


Don't like tripe? You can also try this dish using canned tuna fish, chicken or seitan (vegetarian meat) as an alternative.