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Slow cooker oxtail recipe
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Slow Cooker Oxtail Recipe

Beef lovers: this Slow Cooker Oxtail Recipe is a must-try! The mostly hands-off process results in a flavorful, aromatic, and fall-off-the-bone meal. Pair the succulent oxtails with creamy polenta for a restaurant-worthy dinner.
Prep Time22 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 22 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Brazilian, Jamaican
Keyword: Jamaican Oxtail Recipe, Slow Cooker Oxtail Recipe
Servings: 4 people
Author: Silvia Dunnirvine


  • 2-3 lbs oxtails
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Turn slow cooker on sauté mode if that's available otherwise use a heavy pot. Add oil to heat. Season oxtails with salt and pepper and brown on all sides (8-12 minutes). Set aside
  • To the same pot or slow cooker on sauté mode add in onion and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant. Season with oregano and fresh thyme.
  • Add tomato paste and wine. Stir and let wine reduce by half (about 4-6 minutes).
  • Transfer oxtails back to the slow cooker. If using a pot to sauté you can transfer the onion in wine sauce and oxtails to the slow cooker.
  • Add broth and bay leaves. Cover and set timer for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low heat.


  • To properly brown oxtails, the slow cooker (or pot) must be hot enough that the meat sizzles as soon as it’s placed inside. Let them cook undisturbed for 2 to 3 minutes or until a light crust forms on the surface. Use tongs to turn the meat and repeat on all sides.
  • If you have any celery or carrots, finely dice and saute them with the onion and garlic to add extra depth. 
  • To thicken the red wine sauce, set your slow cooker to saute (or pour the liquid into a large saucepan) and bring it to a boil. Add a cornstarch or arrowroot slurry and cook, stirring often, until the liquid thickens into a rich sauce. 


Calories: 694kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 73g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 249mg | Sodium: 1102mg | Potassium: 393mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 10mg