Jamaican Oxtail Stew

Jamaican Oxtail Stew

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time3 hours 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Jamaican
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 892kcal


  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 kg Oxtail bone in
  • 1 large onion yellow, chopped
  • 2 green onion chopped into 1-2" pieces
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp thyme fresh leaves
  • 1/2 tsp paprika smoked
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper de-seeded and chopped small
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp curry powder Ideally a West Indian one, but any will do
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • salt and pepper
  • 19 oz lima beans aka butter beans, drained
  • rice
  • 6 cups water


  • Add the oil to a large crock pot and pre-heat on medium til the oil is shimmering, 3-5 minutes
  • While the oil pre-heats pat dry the meat, then season liberally on all sides with salt and pepper
  • brown the meat in the pot on all sides until deeply brown, about 2 minutes per side. Don't crowd the pot, you might need to do 2 batches. Once the meat has finished browning, remove it from the pot, leaving all the juices.
  • Add the onions to the pot and saute, stirring constantly for 1 minute until fragrant
  • add the green onions, garlic, thyme, all spice, Worcestershire, and paprika, stir to combine for another minute. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pot with a flat bottom spoon to get all the fond.
  • add the scotch bonnet pepper, tomato paste, bouillon and curry powder Stir constantly for 2 minutes until the tomato paste darkens and things clump together
  • Return the meat to the pot along with 4 cups of water, bring to a boil on high heat, then mostly cover and cook on medium-low for 3 hours. Stirring and tasting every 30 minutes. When you stir the stew each time, you can top the water up a little bit if the meat is looking too exposed.
  • With 20 minutes remaining in your cook time add the beans and any remaining water to the pot, bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-low, cover completely and simmer for 20 minutes
  • Serve stew over rice and / or with roti.


Calories: 892kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 89g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 275mg | Sodium: 568mg | Potassium: 830mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 14mg