Rabo Encendido - Cuban Oxtail Stew Recipe

Rabo Encendido - Cuban Oxtail Stew


2.5 lbs oxtail

~2 T parsley, finely chopped
~2 T oregano, finely chopped
2 T garlic, finely chopped
2 T onion, finely chopped
4 chiles de arbol
1 T salt
1/3 cup red wine
1 tablespoon olive oil (+2 tablespoons for later cooking)

1 Large Yellow Onion, finely chopped
1.5 Bell peppers, finely chopped
2 T minced garlic
1 cup red wine

~2 T parsley, finely chopped
1/4 t cumin
1/4 t black pepper
2 1/4 t sugar
1  1/2 T white vinegar
12 oz tomato sauce (plain)
2 cups water

How to make Rabo Encendido - Cuban Oxtail Stew

This oxtail stew is hearty and delicious. Like most Cuban food, it eschews burning spiciness in favor of a mild heat.

Trim oxtails and mix together chiles, herbs, garlic, onions, wine, salt, the tablespoon of olive oil and rub over meat. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for up to several days.

Put remaining olive oil in a large skillet and brown the oxtail, reserving the marinade. When browned, place both the marinade and the oxtail in a large stew pot.

In the same skillet, with the same oil, cook the garlic, onions and peppers for the sofrito until the onions begin to soften and turn translucent. Add the red wine and bring to a boil until the wine reduces (about 15 minutes).

Add the sofrito to the same pot already containing the oxtails and add all the other ingredients before putting the mixture onto high heat and bringing to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for two and a half hours or until the meat is tender and easily separated from the bone. If the meat wasn't adequately trimmed, grease can tend to rise to the top of the stew, but it's easy to pour off.

Serve with white rice. In addition, I had a cabbage carrot slaw and some corn fritters (made from a corn bread mix).

This recipe, the sides and even the plating are all based on those of Pambiche, a fantastic restaurant in Portland, OR.

Question from the Chef

“Let me know if someone knows a good recipes for corn fritters.”

  • JaiLovesCake
    JaiLovesCake says

    OMG i love this dish at cuban restaurants but it just looked so time consuming and elaborate . Thanks for the recipe , gotta go find some oxtails now :D

  • muttoneer
    muttoneer says

    Yeah, I was just thinking about making this recipe... I think I may have to order oxtails online if I want them, though.

  • Marisa808
    Marisa808 says

    I usually go to the local Asian market for Oxtails. Yum!!

  • muttoneer
    muttoneer says

    It's a little ironic that now that I'm living in Asia, I can't find them. Wrong country, I guess.

  • MHowlett
    MHowlett says

    We were just at Pambiche (Portland) yesterday. We always order the oxtails. So good. Not many meat markets carry oxtails. I get them at the asian or the halal markets.

  • Dasads612
    Dasads612 says

    I have been making this for the last couple of years for my family. Best Rabo Encendido recipe that I have found.

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