Slow Cooker Smoked Oxtail and Sweet Potato Stew


Combining smoked oxtail and sweet potatoes in the slow cooker makes for a delicious,and surprisingly easy meal. The sweet potatoes cook down to help thicken the stew, while the oxtail lends a ton of wonderful smokiness. It's great served with cornbread!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 30 mins
6 servings


  • 2 pounds smoked oxtail, cut into segments

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped

  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (Optional)


  1. Place oxtails, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a 6-quart slow cooker. Pour tomatoes and beef broth on top. Mix in brown sugar, chili powder, salt, pepper, cinnamon, allspice, and bay leaves.

  2. Cover and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours, stirring occasionally.

  3. Remove oxtails from the slow cooker. Shred meat off the bones; discard bones.

  4. Skim fat off the top of the liquid in the slow cooker. Add meat back to the slow cooker. Taste and adjust levels of brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Serve warm, topped with parsley.

Cook's Note:

You can also cook this on Low for 6 to 8 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

312 Calories
11g Fat
28g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 312
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 902mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 41mg 205%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 532mg 11%

* 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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