Spice in the Kitchen: Papa Joe's Where's the Beef Stew

I know I was supposed to be doing a Vietnamese inspired recipe post today, but after a very frustrating trip to the nearest Asian grocery store (left wallet at home, had to stop by husband's office to get money, screaming 2 year-old in backseat) where they did not have some key ingredients, I decided, you know what, the universe is telling me to make some comfort food, it's too cold for cold noodles! Hence, vegan un-beef stew very much inspired by my Dad's beef stew. I'm so glad I made this. My house smells yummy and the stew is even more delicious. Make it and you'll be glad you did. Serve with vegan biscuits.

Papa Joe's Where's the Beef Stew (vegan, vegetarian)
serves 4


  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced (or 1/4 cup finely chopped celery + 1 tsp hing)
  • 2 cups of beef style seitan (You can add more, but I don't like so much gluten in my belly. Or use tempeh.)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • crushed black pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried sage
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 TB flour
  • 3 TB tamari
  • 5 dashes of tabasco
  • 1 TB vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp of sugar (optional)
  • 3 medium ribs of celery cut into chunks
  • 4 medium potatoes yukon gold, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 green pepper, cut into chunks (Optional, but this is how Papa Joe would cook his.)


  • Sauté olive oil and onion (or celery/hing combo) until golden. Add seitan and brown. Add herbs, tomato paste, salt and pepper.
  • Combine flour, tamari, tabasco, worcestershire sauce and sugar and mix. Add combo to pot and then add veggie broth.
  • Add veggies.
  • Bring to a boil and then let simmer on the lowest heat, covered for about 2 hours or until carrots and potatoes are soft.


  1. mmmm...definitely going to make this! I used to make stews with the fake ground beef crumbles and onions, but since going full blown no o&g, I've had to re-think alot of recipes. Thanks for doing the thinking for me!!!

  2. i think this might be dinner tonight!! traci


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