Mexican Oxtail Beef Soup


This is a easy, fool-proof recipe, handed down by my mom who was a wonderful cook. I try my best to recreate her awesome dishes.

close up view of Mexican Oxtail Beef Soup with carrots and corn, garnished with fresh herbs in a red bowl
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 pounds beef oxtail, cut into pieces

  • 1 pound cubed beef stew meat (Optional)

  • 1 cube beef bouillon

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 4 ears corn on the cob, broken in half

  • 3 carrots, coarsely chopped

  • 2 russet potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • cup lentils, picked over and rinsed

  • cup long grain rice

  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (Optional)

  • 1 head cabbage, cored and cut into 8 wedges

  • 8 corn tortillas (Optional)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat, and brown the oxtails and beef stew meat on all sides. Add water to cover the meat, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 30 minutes. Skim off and discard any foam that collects at the top.

  2. Drop in the bouillon cube, onion, celery, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and corn ears, stir to combine, and simmer the soup until the meat is very tender, about 2 hours. Stir in the carrots and potatoes, simmer for 30 more minutes, then stir in the lentils, rice, mixed vegetables, and cabbage. Simmer until the rice, lentils, and cabbage are tender, about 30 more minutes. Serve with a half ear of corn in each bowl, with hot steamed tortillas for dipping in the broth.

Cook's Note

This recipe takes the whole afternoon to slowly simmer, but is worth it when the flavors mix and the meat is nice and tender. All ingredients and spices are approximate. Make it your own, flavor to your taste!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

503 Calories
16g Fat
56g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 503
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 323mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 12g 42%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 65mg 327%
Calcium 128mg 10%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 1119mg 24%

* 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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