Last week, I had a hankering for some estofado de carne. Why did I think about it? I don’t know. I guess it must have been the lonesome potatoes I had laying on my kitchen counter and I just couldn’t decide what to make with them. It was just one of those random thoughts one has on Wednesday evenings…
Estofado is nothing more than a type of stew. In this case, beef stew. Normally to make estofado you will use beef stew meat. Did I have stew meat around? Of course not. I did have ground beef. Alright, that’ll do. Estofado is saucy, but not soupy. You eat it with white rice. And maybe some aguacate. I remember estofado would welcome me home from school. I remember eating this stew made me happy.
When I served the estofado to El Señor Hubs, his first reaction was, “Is this Hamburger Helper?” He looked at me as I rolled my eyes, and he smiled. “You know I’m kidding!” Trust me, this is so much better than Hamburger Helper. You won’t feel like crap after you eat it.
My estofado is pretty freakin’ easy to make. AND delicious! No slaving over this one! As usual, the preparation of an estofado de carne can vary; each family and each region in Ecuador may have their own way of making it. These type of stews can also have peas and carrots. If you make the estofado with stew meat, it may take a bit longer to cook. This is my version, and I like it because it is relatively quick, since we’re using ground meat. Let me show you how I did it.