California Oxtail Stew

This is a simple oxtail stew I've made every year for my daughter's birthday since she was four (she's 26 now). I never really found a recipe for it - so I made it up myself. It's rich with a little red wine and pearl barley.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or to taste

  • 3 pounds beef oxtails, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces, or more to taste

  • ½ cup red wine

  • 1 quart vegetable broth

  • 1 cup water (Optional)

  • 1 quart beef broth

  • cup pearl barley

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, or to taste

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 dashes hot sauce

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pound baby carrots

  • ½ cup chopped shallots (Optional)

  • ½ cup chopped celery


  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven. Add oxtails and cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer oxtails to a plate. Pour red wine into the Dutch oven; scrape any browned bits off the bottom with a wooden spoon.

  2. Return oxtails to the Dutch oven and add vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Simmer until flavors combine, about 90 minutes. Add 1 cup water, if needed, to keep the oxtails covered.

  3. Add beef broth, barley, garlic, bay leaves, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Simmer until barley softens, about 30 minutes. Add carrots, shallots, and celery. Continue simmering until oxtails and carrots are tender, about 30 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

439 Calories
21g Fat
21g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 439
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 125mg 42%
Sodium 1150mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 39g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 605mg 13%

* 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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