Jamaican oxtail stew

Jamaican oxtail stew

Delicious, fall off the bone Jamaican oxtail stew - gluten free
Course Dinner
Cuisine Jamaican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Chilling time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 670kcal
Author Charla


  • 2 lb of oxtail
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped finely
  • 1 large carrot sliced
  • 2 small scallion sliced
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 tbsp Pimento berries
  • 1 tbsp Browning sauce Only use this amount if using my homemade version, see post
  • 1 tbsp Beef seasoning
  • 1 cup of dried butter beans or use 1 can, drained
  • 3 cups of Beef stock/water
  • 4 tbsp of coconut oil

To make the slurry

  • 2 tbsp of tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp of water


  • Wash the oxtail as instructed (see recipe post)
  • Place the oxtail in a bowl then add the beef seasoning, pimento berries, garlic, onion, carrot and browning. Use your hands to rub the marinade into the meat.
  • Refrigerate overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  • Melt coconut oil on medium heat, scrap off the marinade and brown oxtail alone. This should take roughly 10 minutes.
  • Add the onion, garlic, carrots from the bowl¬† to the skillet and saute until soft.
  • Transfer the contents from the skillet to the slow cooker.
  • Pour the beef stock/water into the slow cooker
  • Now stir in the tomato paste, thyme and dried butter beans.
  • Set the crockpot to high mode for 4 hours if using canned butter beans add them 30 minutes prior to finishing.
  • Mix starch and water together then add the slurry 30 minutes prior finishing.


  • Pimento is known as allspice
  • Only use 1 tbsp of browning sauce if using my homemade version. If you are using the store brought kind use 1/4 tsp as it is far more bitter and concentrated.
  • Beef stock yields more flavour but water can be used
  • Butter beans are as known as lima beans
  • Omit the butter beans if you want the recipe to be keto or paleo friendly
  • Recipe can be made in either crockpot or stove stop
  • Freezer friendly


Calories: 670kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 85g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 249mg | Sodium: 891mg | Potassium: 1367mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2864IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 15mg