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The Best Authentic Jamaican Oxtails Recipe

Patricia Valbrun
This Authentic Jamaican Oxtails Recipe is SUPER flavorful rich and falls off the bones tender with butter beans. Oxtails are a super fatty meat that is that is best made with Caribbean spices to enhance the flavor.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Courses
Cuisine caribbean
Servings 5 people
Calories 799 kcal


  • olive oil
  • 3 lbs oxtail
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 white onion medium
  • 3 scallions
  • 6 garlic cloves chopped
  • 10 thyme spring
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon adobo
  • 1/2 tablespoon jerk season
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2-3 tablespoon browning
  • 3 tablespoon recatio or epic caribbean green seasoning
  • 1 can butter beans


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


  • Season the cleaned and washed oxtails with adobo, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Optional: add jerk seasoning as well.
  • Pour green seasoning over the oxtails and add 2 tablespoons of browning. Mix everything together thoroughly.
  • Add all vegetables to the mixture and mix again. Add 1 tablespoon of browning.
  • Cover the oxtail mixture and let it marinate in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours or overnight.
  • Heat some oil in a pot and braise the oxtails slowly on low heat until they are nicely browned. Rotate the oxtails constantly to ensure even cooking.
  • Once the oxtails are browned, increase the heat and add approximately 4 cups of water to the pot. Add the reserved vegetables and bring the mixture to a slight boil over medium heat.
  • Cover the pot and let the oxtails cook for about 1 hour.
  • After the oxtails are cooked, prepare the sauce by mixing together soy sauce, ketchup, and brown sugar. Add the sauce to the oxtails and cover the pot. Cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, add the butterbeans and stir. Cook for an additional 15 minutes and the dish is ready to serve.



Serving: 5people | Calories: 799kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 90g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 299mg | Sodium: 1932mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 715IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 13mg
Keyword caribbean food, jamaican oxtail stew recipe, oxtail stew
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