Kare Kare (Oxtail Stew)


This oxtail kare kare is a richly flavored stew thanks to slow-simmered oxtail. The oxtail can be cooked a day ahead, so you can skim off the fat to make the dish a little healthier. Using a pressure cooker will reduce the cooking time, but the stew won't be as flavorful. Serve with rice and bagoóng (shrimp paste).

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins


  • 4 ½ pounds beef oxtails

  • 3 cups water, or more as needed

  • 2 beef bouillon cubes

  • ½ pound bok choy, chopped

  • ½ pound long beans, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • ½ pound eggplant, cubed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon achiote powder

  • 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter


  1. Bring oxtails and water to a boil in a large pot. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, at least 2 hours, adding more water as necessary. Skim as much fat from the top of the liquid as possible.

  2. Transfer oxtails to a plate. Crumble beef bouillon cubes into the pot and stir to dissolve. Add bok choy, beans, and eggplant and simmer until tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. While the vegetables are simmering, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in achiote powder. Stir in peanut butter until melted. Add about 1/2 of the simmering broth and simmer for 5 minutes. Add oxtails and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer remaining broth and vegetables to the pot and stir to combine. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1071 Calories
55g Fat
30g Carbs
117g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 1071
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 55g 70%
Saturated Fat 21g 104%
Cholesterol 375mg 125%
Sodium 1010mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 117g
Vitamin C 20mg 101%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 17mg 93%
Potassium 1596mg 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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