Rabo Encendido (Cuban Oxtail Stew)

Rabo Encendido (Cuban Oxtail Stew)
  • 1 1/2 cups vino seco (white cooking wine)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 pounds beef oxtails
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup green olives, pitted and halved
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Miami-style sazon seasoning (sazon completa)
  • 1/2 (.18 ounce) packet sazon seasoning (such as Sa-Son Accent®)
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 3 cups chicken broth


  1. Whisk vino seco, 1/4 cup olive oil, and salt together in a large bowl. Add oxtails and mix well to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
  2. Drain oxtails, discarding all but 1/2 cup of the marinade.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and sear oxtails until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a large plate. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same pot. Saute potatoes, onion, and carrots until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Mash garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a coarse paste in a mortar and pestle. Add garlic paste to the pot; stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in green olives, bay leaves, sazon completa, sazon seasoning, and allspice. Pour in reserved marinade, tomato sauce, and chicken broth.
  5. Return oxtails to the pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until oxtails are fork tender and falling off the bone, about 4 hours.

04/26/2018
Rabo Encendido (Cuban Oxtail Stew), recipe PT15M PT1H 5 455 calories

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