If there was a fountain of youth, it’d come from Oxtail.
That’s because Oxtail contains collagen, the superfood of health and beauty.
Most of us default to collagen powders because they are convenient, but I’m not 100% convinced they are nearly as effective due to how they are processed….and they sure aren’t superior to the real thing.
That’s why Oxtail is my preferred source of collagen because it’s so rich and abundant with not only collagen but other important nutrients like glycine and gelatin...all in nature’s perfect, unprocessed balance.
We aim to eat Oxtail once a week on Sundays. We’ve tried several different recipes but we always go back to my husband's family recipe Rabo Guisado Dominicano (tail stew) because the flavor can’t be beat! It’s got perfect Caribbean favors and intense savory comfort satisfaction.
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Cooking Oxtail is simple but it takes a few hours. Here is our recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
- Soak oxtail in water and coffee at a 1:1 ratio for 30 minutes
- Remove oxtail and pat dry
- Brown oxtail in coconut oil, tallow or ghee
- In large pot or crock pot add your browned oxtail
- Then add...
- 1 can or bottle of beer
- 4 TB tomato paste
- Handful of cilantro
- 1-2 rough chopped tomatoes
- ¼ onion
- 2 chopped carrots
- 1 head of garlic cut in half
- ½ chopped green bell pepper
- 1tsp oregano
- ½ cup orange juice
- Salt, pepper and any other spices you love!
- Cook on medium heat/slow boil for 3 hours
- Cook in crock pot on high for 3-4 hours
Keep checking (especially if cooking on the stove) to make sure water levels don’t get too low. You want about ¾ inches of liquid the whole time. Add a little water as needed.
Oxtail is done when the meat falls off the bone and is tender. This dish is not fork friendly! Use your fingers!!
We like to eat our oxtail with white rice and lots of broth poured on top.
Strain the remaining broth and save in a container. You’ll have the richest and healthiest gelatin you can add to various dishes throughout the week. It’s so flavorful and nutrient dense.
Some ways we like to use our leftover oxtail gelatin:
As a spread for sammies
A dollop in our eggs
Add to any meat dishes you cook throughout the week
Mix it into your potatoes
Top it on white rice
Or just eat spoonfuls like I do!