Oxtail Soup with Vegetables


A Christmas Eve tradition. Very good with some great bread, biscuits, or cornbread. Even better as leftovers, as the flavors meld more each day!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


  • 3 pounds oxtails, or more as desired

  • ½ head garlic cloves, unpeeled

  • 3 stalks celery

  • 2 carrots

  • 1 medium onion

  • 6 cups water, or as needed

  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container beef broth

  • 3 small turnips, peeled and diced

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen sliced okra

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen small niblet corn

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 dash hot sauce, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  2. Place oxtails and garlic cloves in a large roasting pan.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

  4. Transfer oxtails to a large soup pot. Peel the roasted garlic and place in a food processor with celery, carrots, and onion. Process until finely chopped; transfer to the soup pot with the oxtails. Add water to cover the bones. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer on low for 2 hours.

  5. Remove oxtails and set aside to cool. Add broth to the soup pot. Add turnips. Simmer until just barely tender, about 10 minutes. Add okra and corn. Simmer until cooked, about 10 minutes more.

  6. Pick the meat from the oxtail bones and chop. Add meat to soup. Season with salt and pepper. Add hot sauce if desired.

Cook's Note:

After making the broth and removing the oxtails, the broth can be refrigerated overnight. This allows the fat to solidify and can be skimmed off to reduce the amount in the soup. Try different vegetables in the soup, including a can of diced tomatoes, diced potatoes, rutabagas, parsnips, lima beans or shredded cabbage. Also can be made in a slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

274 Calories
12g Fat
14g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 274
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 602mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 11mg 56%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 464mg 10%

* 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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