Jamaican me crazy Oxtail stew

Jamaican me crazy Oxtail stew

Is my title lame? Probably but I don’t careeeeeee. Know why? Because this oxtail will make you crazy! I’m sure you’ve noticed a theme by now… I’m dying to head to the Caribbean. I’ve never been but I love the food, the culture and the men (in the Lord of course lol).  So I hopped on the jamaica travel website and found a recipe for oxtail and tried it out. Didn’t like it much so I had to add my own spins and tweaks and what I ended up with was AH-MAE-ZING. So good I had to add it to my stranger menu. Speaking of, why have I not seen you at Stranger on Sunday? Oya explain yaself…

You can find oxtail at Spar or (-7 supermarket, that’s where I usually get mine but they also have it in  the market, ask for cowtail. Now it’s very important to wash your oxtail well when you get it, remove the skin and excess fat. First time I made it I didn’t take off the skin, it took over five hours to soften thenI realized I didn’t like it after it softened. Talk about wasting gas. So yes trim off the skin and most of the fat, the tails can be very fatty and you don’t want to end up with an excessively greasy stew.

Oya enough gist. Recipe time!

Save yourself a whole bunch of stress by prepping all your ingredients ahead of time okay?



2lb oxtail rinsed and skin taken off
1 tin fava beans
2 TB vegetable oil
1 large onion chopped
1 bunch green (spring) onions thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic crushed
2 tomatoes chopped
1/2 lb carrots cubed
4 scotch bonnet peppers (ata rodo) finely chopped
5 cups water
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp allspice
2 tsp dry pepper (naija style)
Salt and black pepper to taste



In a bowl season your oxtail with you green onions, pepper, garlic, thyme, allspice, scotch bonnet and about 1 teaspoon of salt. Combine thoroughly making sure you pieces are complete covered in the spices


In a large metal pot heat up your vegetable oil, once hot transfer the oxtail into it and brown on all sides for about 5-10 mins.

Once browned stir in your 5 cups of water, use a spatula to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan, this will add flavour to your stew. Add your onions, tomatoes, carrots and dry pepper.


Bring every thing to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer covered for about three hours

20150217_112748Stir occasionally. Once it’s simmered for three hours the water would have reduced a bit, if it’s too thick you can add some water, Add your tin of fava beans and let it simmer for another 30 mins or until your beans are soft. Season with salt and cracked black pepper and it’s ready to serve!

Serve with some rice and peas (recipe coming up next!), pineapple salsa or coleslaw. Serve this to your in laws to show them you’re an exposed person and prove you’re worth your bride price.IMG_20150218_142222Try it and tag us on instragram! @heelsinthekitchenng

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Comments (5)

  1. B

    April 17, 2015 - AT 1:43 pm

    so why aren’t you blogging more often?
    Totally loved this post!
    Also, you guys jacked up price of StrangerSunday 🙁

    • HeelsintheKitchen

      April 21, 2015 - AT 11:29 pm

      So sorry. Things get hectic and I, Imoteda, confess to not being computer savvy.
      Unfortunately it’s this Lagos o. The price of running generator can kill somebody but we’ve also made sure to raise the standard of the food so that you’re getting more bang for your buck! We thank you so much for your support.
      There will be a new post up every wednesday from today on


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