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Rabo Encendido (Cuban Oxtail Stew)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Great basic recipe for Cuban-style oxtail stew."
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16 h 49 m servings 785
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Whisk vino seco, 1/4 cup olive oil, and salt together in a large bowl. Add oxtails and mix well to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
  2. Drain oxtails, discarding all but 1/2 cup of the marinade.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and sear oxtails until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a large plate. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same pot. Saute potatoes, onion, and carrots until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Mash garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a coarse paste in a mortar and pestle. Add garlic paste to the pot; stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in green olives, bay leaves, sazon completa, sazon seasoning, and allspice. Pour in reserved marinade, tomato sauce, and chicken broth.
  5. Return oxtails to the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until oxtails are fork tender and falling off the bone, about 4 hours.


  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 785 calories; 41.8 23 72.9 252 2008 Full nutrition

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I've only tried oxtail once before and it was a small bite but thought it was good. When I saw it in the store I said why not? This is by far one of the best dishes I've ever made and will surel...