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African-Style Oxtail Stew

Rated as 4.6 out of 5 Stars

"Oxtail is my favorite meal and I serve this recipe to all my friends and use it for my frozen food business. Everyone loves it. I call it God's food as it is so delicious! This meal is very rich, but oh so good! Oxtail is easily available here in Africa but I have heard it can be obtained in the US."
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3 h 35 m servings 669
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Place celery, garlic, tomato paste, bouillon cubes, and water into a large Dutch oven; stir until the tomato paste has dissolved. Add peppercorns and bay leaves, place over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oxtail and cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove oxtail from hot oil and place into Dutch oven. Pour out all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the skillet, reduce heat to medium, and cook the onion until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes; add to oxtail.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. Season with salt and pepper, recover, and continue to cook until the oxtail is tender, but not falling off of the bone, about 30 minutes.
  4. Remove oxtail pieces and place into a serving dish. Add kidney beans to Dutch oven and return to a simmer. Thicken with cornstarch dissolved in water, simmer for 1 minute until thickened and clear. Pour sauce over the oxtail.


  • Note
  • Oxtail should be ready when a knife slices easily through the meat. It should not be overcooked otherwise it will fall off the bones and go stringy - and if not cooked long enough it will not come off the bones easily enough. I normally find 3 hours cooking just perfect.
  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 669 calories; 31.8 22.7 74.2 250 1092 Full nutrition

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This was the most delicious oxtail stew ever. I changed the recipe a little by eliminating the cornstarch and adding some tiny pasta like pastina when I added the kidney beans. This thickened th...

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I can't say this recipe saying Wow. It was just ok. Going to have to try to find my friend's recipe for oxtail. Will not be making this one again.

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This was the most delicious oxtail stew ever. I changed the recipe a little by eliminating the cornstarch and adding some tiny pasta like pastina when I added the kidney beans. This thickened th...

My Gran used to make oxtail stew and it was a real comfort food! Nothing has changed here except this recipe is even better! I didn't change a thing - it was so easy! The servings were generous ...

I thought this was very good hearty meal. The modifications I made were:I did not use celery, used 6 cups of water, and added 1/4 cup of barley. I will use this recipe again, especially good on ...

Excellent recipe. My husband and nephew both do not like oxtail but this recipe had them getting up for seconds. I skipped a can of Heinz baked baked beans instead of the kidney beans and did no...

very easy to prepare and very tasty. I will make it again.

I loved this! Fixed it exactly as written and did not make any mods.

Excellent! I also added 1/2c shredded carrot, mushrms, 3 cups red sherry, potatoes cubed. Added 1/2 cup uncooked barley durring last hour of cooking. Cooked in crock pot (6hrs low then last 2 ...

The Oxtail Stew was wonderful. It had a very nice taste to it. This was my first time making this dish, which I will make again in the future.

I must admit that I adjusted the recipe quite a bit. Instead of bouillon, I used homemade broth. I made this a one pot wonder by sauteing the oxtails for about 8 minutes in a large stock pot. (m...