Spicy Oxtail Stew

  • 20MINS
  • 45MINS
  • Serves 5
  • 585KCAL

Here's our Spicy Oxtail Stew. Easy to make in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. The perfect slimming friendly comfort food!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories585
  • Carbs34g
  • Protein68g
  • Fat30g
  • Saturates11g
  • Sugars10g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

Oxtail is such an under-rated cut of beef, and it’s also extremely cheap!

1kg will serve 4-5 people and you can usually pick up 1kg of meat for around £5. You might not see it on display in your local butchers, but ask and they’ll probably have it. As with most cheaper cuts of meat, this recipe needs cooking slowly over a longer amount of time to make the meat tender. This recipe uses a slow cooker, but you could also use a casserole dish in your oven!

Inspired by a trip to the Bahamas, this recipe is rich, warming and filling – perfect for cold winter evenings with a side of mashed potatoes or rice and peas.

What diets is this Spicy Oxtail Stew suitable for?

This Spicy Oxtail Stew recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free alternatives;

  • Worcestershire sauce

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Spicy Oxtail Stew?

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Aside from a slow cooker, you can also make this recipe on a casserole dish in your oven – just extend the cooking time until the meat is tender.

Oxtail can be a little tricky to find but if you ask your butcher, they will probably have some!

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This recipe is best made in a slow cooker. There are lots around, easily available in electrical stores and online. A slow cooker is a great piece of equipment to have in your kitchen.

How many Calories are in this Spicy Oxtail Stew?

There are 585 Calories per portion in this Spicy Oxtail Stew, which means it falls into our Special Occasion category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Spicy Oxtail Stew is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

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How do you know when Spicy Oxtail Stew is cooked?

If using a slow cooker, your food will be ready when the timer has stopped, and you have given it an extra 15-20 minutes for the pressure to release.

If using an oven, cook until the meat is tender and completely cooked through.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Spicy Oxtail Stew in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Spicy Oxtail Stew in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Spicy Oxtail Stew?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Spicy Oxtail Stew?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Spicy Oxtail Stew

Here’s our Spicy Oxtail Stew. Easy to make in your Instant Pot or slow cooker. The perfect slimming friendly comfort food!
  • Prep Time
    20 MINS
  • Cook Time
    45 MINS
  • KCals 585
  • Carbs 34G


  • 1 kg oxtail make sure to trim all visible fat
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp all purpose seasoning
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp gravy browning
  • 3 large carrots chopped
  • 2 large brown onions chopped
  • 1 bunch spring onions chopped
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp ground allspice ground
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp habanero sauce
  • 500 ml beef stock made with 2 stock cubes and 500ml/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 tin butter beans drained

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  1. Trim the Oxtail of all visible fat - you will need a very sharp knife. Be careful!
  2. Place the meat into a mixing bowl and season with the all purpose seasoning. Place seasoned meat into a ziplock bag and add the black pepper, gravy browning and 1tsp of minced garlic. Mix well and if possible place bag into the fridge and marinade over night. If you can't do this - it's fine, it just absorbs the flavours better.
  3. Spray the Instant Pot bowl with low calorie cooking spray and put into Sauté mode. Brown all sides of the meat, being careful to save the marinade in the bag.
  4. Remove the browned oxtail and set aside on a plate. Deglaze the Instant Pot with a bit of the stock, making sure to get all the bits off the bottom.
  5. Add one of the chopped brown onions, 1tsp of minced garlic and cook until the onions are soft.
  6. Return the oxtail to the Instant Pot, pour in the remaining marinade, add the allspice, the bunch of fresh thyme, habanero sauce and the rest of the beef stock.
  7. Bring the Instant Pot to the boil and then put the lid on. Make sure the valve is set to sealing, and set Manual mode for 30 minutes. Once the Instant Pot has come to pressure, the timer will count down. Leave the Instant pot for an additional 20 minutes after it has done for the pressure to release naturally.
  8. Open the Instant Pot and add in the carrots, tin of chopped tomatoes, the chopped spring onions, the other chopped brown onion.
  9. Place the lid back on the Instant Pot & place into Manual mode for 15 minutes. Once the Instant Pot has come to pressure, the timer will countdown. Leave the Instant pot for an additional 15/20 minutes after it has done for the pressure to release naturally.
  10. Add the tin of butter beans and stir well.
  11. If the stew needs thickening place into Saute mode without the lid and reduce for 5 minutes. Make sure to stir often.
  12. Serve on a bed of rice and peas.

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See what others have to say

Wendy JWWednesday 26th August 2020

The recipe states that it is best done in a slow cooker but the only instructions I can find are for the instant pot. If possible, please can I have advice on how to adapt this to slow cooker? Many thanks in advance.


    HollyFriday 16th October 2020

    Hi Wendy, in this recipe we are using the slow cooker function on the Instant Pot. We have recently published an article on slow cooker and instant pot conversions which you can find here if you scroll down there is a table that gives a rough guide for how to convert recipes. These times are just a rough guide only, so please make sure that everything is cooked through before serving. If not, just cook it for a bit longer. Remember that a lot of converting recipes to work in the Instant Pot® is trial and error, so if something isn’t quite right then try again! Hope that helps!


Sabrina GoldbyThursday 1st November 2018

Hi I hoping to make the oxtail stew but I only have a slow cooker is say I can make in there but I can’t work out when I’m ment to put the thing in to it can you help ????Thanks sabrina


KrystalMonday 5th February 2018

May sound stupid but do you cut the meat off the bone or cook it on the bone? Thank you in advance


Charlotte CookMonday 16th October 2017

How do I cook this in a normal slow cooker? Loveeeee oxtail. Thanks


GiFriday 28th April 2017

OMG thank you for this recipie. I absolutely love oxtail. I even add it to my soups with red lentils and whatever vegetables I fancy in my slow cooker. Remove the meat from the soup pulled all and blitz the veg until they go very smooth. Return the meat to the cream of vegetables and voila! I am so going to cook this … thanks k you very much. And Viva the oxtail lol


    KateWednesday 3rd May 2017

    Hi Gi
    We are big fans of oxtail. It’s such a shame it’s not used more, and available widely


Diana GriceSunday 23rd October 2016

Want to make this tomorrow – could not find all purpose seasoning today in Morrisons ????. Fingers crossed I can find it in Tesco tomorrow. Don’t fancy driving 100s of miles to find it!. Will have rondo a different recipe if no luck tomorrow. I always have difficulties finding 1 ingredient from your recipes!. I’m still trying to find PB2 (or even PBfit) – been to Holland & Barret & Asda but no luck ????


    Diana GriceSunday 23rd October 2016

    Yeah – managed to find everything. Had to improvise as I don’t have an instant pot and my slow cooker was not big enough for it; just boiled it and put it on lowest setting on electric hob. Very nice – my husband was very impressed too as we love West Indian food. Thanks for recipe. Gave it a 5* rating


Diana GriceSaturday 22nd October 2016

Will it make much difference if I leave the gravy browning out?. Never used it before and hence very unlikely to use it again. TIA


EileenSunday 16th October 2016

Where would you get Habenero sauce please ? and where can i find instruction for just a old style slow cooker ?



BrendaThursday 13th October 2016

If you have a local butcher (not a branch of a bigger group) they should be able to get some for you if you order it. It really is a lovely cut of beef.
My butcher will often keep /get bones for me to make broth. Make friends with your local butcher ????


Marian HughesTuesday 16th August 2016

Can’t get oxtail locally, what would you suggest I use instead? Thank you


    KateWednesday 17th August 2016

    Hi Marian, You could try using bone in beef short rib. It wont be quite as rich as it is with oxtail, but it’s a decent substitute.


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