Baked Papa Rellenas (plant-based)

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Imagine a handheld shepherd's pie – chili-spiced (plant-based) meat and veggies, all wrapped up in a crisp coating of mashed potatoes.
This Peruvian recipe was a mouth-watering surprise that all ages couldn't get enough of!
I hope you try making it. It's a beautiful and nourishing experience from South America.
For today's inspiration, here is a quote by Thich Nhat Hanh:
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.
But I think the real miracle is to walk on earth.
Every day we are engaged in a miracle we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes.
All is a miracle.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Peruvian
Keyword comfort food, dairy-free, plant-based, potatoes



  • 6 large potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed soaked in 2 Tbsp unsweetened soy milk
  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter or margarine
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder or chili pepper, minced
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ pound ground plant-based meat
  • ½ cup vegetable broth (or 1/2 cup water, 1 Tbsp tamari, 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast, and 1 tsp oregano or thyme)
  • cup raisins
  • 1 bunch garden greens like chard or kale, chopped finely
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Ketchup, hot sauce or vegan mayo, for dipping


  • Make the mashed potatoes: chop and boil the potatoes in a large pot of water for about 20 minutes until tender, then mash with the remaining coating ingredients. Chill in the fridge while you make the filling.
  • Make the filling: in a large pan, heat the olive oil and brown the onion, then add the garlic and spices. Next, add and brown the plant-based meat, add the liquid, raisins, and greens, and boil down until it's pretty dry. Check for salt and pepper and cool if you have time.
  • Assemble: Take ¼ cup mashed potatoes, make a well in your hands, fill with 2 Tbsp of the meat mix, and shape into 6 pointy ovals.
  • Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes on a parchment-lined baking sheet until they are golden and slightly crisp on the outside. Serve hot. Enjoy! 🙂
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