Slow Cooker Oxtail Soup – a hearty stew with rich broth and succulent tender meat that’s comforting and perfect any time of the year cold and warm season.
Who says soups are only good during winter? I don’t know about you but anything that is hearty, and elicits mouthwatering, lip-smacking gelatinous flavors… count me in. I can’t wait for a certain time of the year to indulge. Sorry, when it comes to food, patience is not one of my strong suits.
I have had tons of requests for a slow cooker oxtail soup/stew and since YOU, my lovely readers, have a space in this lady’s heart, I’m granting your request while I also satisfy my oxtail craving. Win-win, right?
Slow cooking is THE absolutely best way of cooking oxtail. AND you are not going to get all sweaty from hours of cooking. You know why?
A slow cooker doesn’t heat up the house as much as a stove or oven would.
If you’ve never tried oxtail before then you are seriously missing out. YES. The cow’s tail is full of bones and connective tissues that when cooked for hours give off that rich, luscious, soupy flavor.
And don’t forget the bones, you really want to nibble down the bones and enjoy every flavor there is! No worries, I don’t judge.
This Oxtail Soup is seriously packed with flavor; with a tasty broth mixture along with a variety of herbs and seasonings. The combination of beef broth and tomato paste makes a flavorful and savory combination for this often neglected main dish. If they only knew! Well, I’d rather have it this way, if not the price would go through the roof. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but oxtail prices have been creeping up lately.
I digress. Back to this oxtail soup, like most of my stew recipes, I preferred to brown the oxtail first on the stove rather than throwing everything in the slow cooker. The extra 10 minutes is for the oxtail caramelized surface which will lend a rich flavor to the finished dish.
Oh, don’t forget to serve with a loaf of bread, preferably a baguette. You’re definitely going to need it to soak up the soup.
- If you can, get oxtails that are well-trimmed, if not, remove as much visible fat as you can before cooking it.
- Oxtail soups tend to be too oily for some folks, so towards the end of the cooking process use a spoon to spoon off any extra fat at the top of the dish.
- Also, another way is to cook the dish a day ahead, refrigerate and remove visible fat at the top.
Watch How To Make It
Slow Cooker Oxtail Soup
- 2 - 3 pounds oxtail cut up medium pieces
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 tablespoons cooking oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 green onions chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme
- 5-6 whole pimento seeds, (allspice)
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 whole scotch bonnet pepper
- 1 tablespoon ketchup /tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon bouillon powder or cube, (optional)
- 1 teaspoon curry or more, adjust to preference
- 1 pound carrots
- 15 oz cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
- 2 large potatoes, cut into chunks
- 4-5 cups water
- Season oxtail with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- In a large cast-iron or saucepan, heat oil (about 2-3 tablespoons) over medium heat, until hot. If using a cast-iron, only use about a tablespoon of oil. Add the oxtail and sauté stirring frequently any browned bits off the bottom of the pot until oxtail is brown. Drain oil if necessary (leave about 1-2 tablespoons).
- Add onions, green onions, garlic, thyme, allspice, Worcestershire, smoked paprika, and stir for about a minute. Throw in scotch bonnet pepper, tomato paste, bouillon, curry powder, and stir for another minute.
- Then add to crockpot/slow cooker, together with carrots, beans, and potatoes.
- Deglaze pan with about 2 cups of water, gently pour into the slow cooker, add about 2-3 cups. You may adjust for with more or less water at the end.
- Cover and cook on LOW for about 7-8 hours or until desired tenderness has been reached. Remove and serve with rice and or baguette.
Tips & Notes:
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only. Please keep in mind that it is a rough estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary greatly based on the products used.
How to Make Slow Cooker Oxtail Soup