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Best Oxtail Stew (Jamaican Style)

You will love this Jamaican Oxtail stew that features fall apart tender oxtails, carrots, and Potatoes.

Jamaican oxtail stew recipe


Oxtail stew is comforting, delicious, and super easy to make – this will surely satisfy your cravings for hearty comfort food.

This is probably my favorite way to eat oxtails. It requires gently braising the meat over slow heat. This process will not only soften the connective tissues of the meat but it will also brown the meat nicely and give the stew an extra flavor boost.

Oxtails definitely deserve more attention than they get!

easy Jamaican oxtail stew with carrots and potatoes

How to make the Jamaican Oxtail stew

This oxtail stew is an uncomplicated one-pot recipe. It turns up in many different versions that slightly vary in spicing that it becomes difficult to discern which among them is authentic. and I dare to add my own over the top version to the list.

  • Wash the oxtailsI wash my meat with vinegar and water. If you are not in the same school of thought as me on this, please skip and move on to the next step.
  • Season and leave to marinate – In order to achieve a flavorful coating, it’s best to use the right combination of spices and oil. Give the meat enough time to marinate. Note: Using the wrong bath of spices and aromatics will result in bad tasting meat. 
  • Brown the oxtails – Take time to brown the meat until the meat gives off a sweet roasted aroma. This will enhance its flavor. 
  • Cook – Combine all the other ingredients together and cook till the oxtails become nice and tender.

Jamaican oxtail stew

What is Jamaican oxtail stew made of?

This rich stew is made with oxtails, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, carrots, potatoes, and spices.

What is oxtail?

Simply put, oxtail is the tail of beef cattle. It’s rich in gelatin, which is why it’s usually slow-cooked or braised to make stews. They produce an incredibly rich stock or stew, and the meat, when stewed, has a better texture than most beef.

Are Oxtails good for you?

Yes! Oxtail is good for you. It’s a gelatin-rich meat and it’s also rich in protein and iron.

How long does it take to cook oxtails on the stove?

It takes about 2 to 3 hours, but the results will be well worth the wait.

What does oxtail taste like?

Oxtails taste like beef but permit me to use the word ”elevated beef” because they have a better texture than plain beef due to their higher fat and gelatin content. They also have a deeper and richer flavor which comes from the bones and marrow.

Why are oxtails so expensive?

Oxtails are said to be cheap long ago; however, when the culinary interest in the meat spiked, then the price went up. 

Where to get oxtails for a decent price.

I always like to shop for my oxtails at the Mexican meat market. African or Caribbean markets are also good places to try. However, I’ll advise checking at your local grocery first before searching elsewhere. Some grocery stores sell at a really good price.

How to Store Oxtails

If you decide not to cook the oxtail immediately, you can store it in the refrigerator for about three to five days, or simply wrap it well, and store in the freezer for up to a year.

Oxtail stew is often served with White rice but can be eaten with rice and beans, Spaghetti, Couscous, and more…


  • I used baby carrots, however, you can use large carrots but be sure to cut them into small uniform pieces with the potatoes so that they can cook evenly.
  • You can substitute the roots with any other vegetables like sweet potatoes, squash, or any other vegetables of your choice or leave the vegetables out and serve as is.

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Top view of Oxtail Stew fresh from the Stove and placed on a table

Best Oxtail Stew (Jamaican Style)

The Jamaican oxtail stew is a chunky, thick, and hearty stew that features fall apart tender oxtails, carrots, Potatoes, and more often than not, the wide beans.
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Course: Soup, stew
Cuisine: African, jamaican
Keyword: homemade, oxtail recipe, oxtail soup, oxtail stew
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 568kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 4 Lb Oxtail
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • Salt To Taste
  • 4 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Tsp Curry powder
  • 2 Tsp Bouilon powder or 2 cubes
  • 3 Green Onions chopped
  • 1 Cup baby Carrot
  • 1/2 pound Potato cut into chunks
  • 6 Cups beef stock
  • 2 Diced Tomatoes Diced
  • 1 Red bell pepper Diced
  • 1 Onion Diced (Large)
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • Cayenne Pepper to taste
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • Water as needed
  • 4 Tbsp Tomato paste


  • Put the oxtails in a large bowl and add the thyme, Curry powder, Paprika, seasoning powder, Scotch bonnet, Garlic, Oil, and salt to taste. and rub all the seasoning together with the meat. Let it marinate for at least 20minutes or overnight
  • Heat the oil in a pan over high heat. Once heated, add the Onions and fry till it becomes translucent. Sir in the bay leaves until and the aroma pops out.
  • Place the oxtails in a single layer inside the pot. Sear and turn occasionally until the oxtail is uniformly golden brown on all sides.
  • Add the Tomato paste, Cayenne pepper, Tomatoes, Red bell pepper, onion, and stock. Stir everything together and leave to boil for about 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or cook till the meat becomes really tender. Checking on it and stirring it about every 20 minutes (to prevent it from burning).
  • Add the potatoes and carrots and leave to cook for about 15 minutes to 20 minutes or till the potatoes become tender.
  • Garnish with Green Onions and serve immediately over a plate of Rice while still very hot.



Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 819mg | Potassium: 688mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2505IU | Vitamin C: 30.5mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 10.1mg

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