Confession: I had no idea what these were called until I brought home a $1 grab bag of peeled potatoes and bell peppers from Limbo and decided I had to recreate the spicy potatoes Los Gorditos usually serves buffet style at their events.
Living on the same street as both freakin’ Gorditos, I think this shows a lot of reserve, and proper budgeting! After a few minutes that seemed like hours googling ‘stewed spicy potatoes’ on my stupid blackberry, I went to work. Many hours later, I returned home and did the following:
- 5 large, peeled potatoes, diced into large chunks (I used russets – use whatever kind you want, just watch for softness when boiling)
- 1 bell pepper, preferably brightly colored , sliced into thin strips
- 2 jalapeno or serrano peppers, roughly chopped
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- generous pinch of onion powder, or if you’re not me, 1/2 yellow onion
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (note: I used fresh cherry tomatoes because I had them, most recipes online call for canned tomatoes, which will make it more stew-y)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- generous dash of freshly ground black pepper
- water for boiling
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the potatoes. Cook for 10-20 minutes, checking for semi-softness.
- While potatoes start to cook, warm the oil in a medium-sized pot on medium heat.
- Add the garlic, onion element, and hot pepper. Stir frequently and cook for 2 minutes, lower the heat if you need to. If you’re using a real onion, cook for an additional few minutes.
- Add the bell pepper strips and tomatoes and stir frequently for another minute.
- Once the potatoes are done, drain and to pan. Mix well and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Optional: As opposed to sauteeing with more oil, if you want this somewhat crispy (and I always do), bake in the oven on parchment paper or a ceramic baking dish at 425F for 15 minutes.
Serving Suggestions: Serve alongside some Mexican style soy curls and greens! Last night, I assembled baked corn tortilla tacos with the Papas Guisadas, spinach, spiced up cheezy sauce and spicy pinto beans, and they ruled.