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Jamaican Oxtail With Tasty Black Beans

I learned how to cook this Jamaican Oxtail Stew from my Jamaican Mother-In-Law, who taught my boys to eat oxtails from a very young age.

This authentic Jamaican Oxtail recipe is made with dried black beans (or canned black beans), oxtails, and simple ingredients that are high in flavor. Jamaican style oxtails are usually made with broad beans (also called fava beans) but my children prefer the smaller black beans. 

This is not a quick recipe, so don’t rush it. Think about making this recipe when you are meal prepping for the week ahead or on a day you wake up super early and know you’ll want a hearty dinner. Or, if you like a heavier meal in the morning, prep this before you go to bed for a great hot meal in the morning. ​
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Jamaican
Servings: 8
Author: Lisa Hugh MSHS RD LDN CLT

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 1.5 - 2 pound Sliced Oxtail Often sold in frozen packages. Weight may vary. Wash meat after opening package.
  • 2 cups Sliced onions, green peppers, red peppers I use a frozen mix to save time.
  • 2 tablespoons Minced Garlic
  • 10 each Pimentos
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 6 each Whole Bay Leaf
  • 1.5 teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 1.5 teaspoons Salt I like pink salt in this recipe. Sea Salt is also great.
  • 1.5 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley Flakes
  • 10 springs Thyme Fresh or Frozen
  • 3 cups Water
  • 6 cups Black Beans, prepared This is equivalent to one pound of dried beans that have been soaked and cooked according to package instructions.

Instructions

  • Add the oxtails to the pot.
    Washed and sliced uncooked oxtails in a white bowl for Single Ingredient Groceries.
  • Add all vegetables, herbs, and seasonings. Do not add the beans yet.
    Washed and Sliced Oxtails in a white bowl with fresh springs of thyme for Single Ingredient Groceries.
  • Add water.
    Oxtails with thyme, bay leaf, onions, peppers, seasonings in an instant pot for Single Ingredient Groceries.
  • Cook on Pressure Cooker mode for 1.5 hours.
  • Add beans.
  • Cook on Pressure Cooker mode for additional 30 minutes.
  • After cooking under pressure, the meat will be cooked and softened but the connective tissue will not be fully broken down.
    Jamaican Oxtail and black beans after pressure cooking but not yet finished. For Single Ingredient Groceries.
  • Cook on low temperature (slow cooker setting) for 6 hours.
    This allows the meat to be cooked to a darker color and the meat will easily fall from the bone. The connective tissue will be fully broken down. The marrow will release in to the sauce (or can be sucked out of the bone).
    Oxtail with Black Beans and Bay Leaf in an Instant Pot; Recipe for Single Ingredient Groceries.
  • This allows the meat to be cooked to a darker color and the meat will easily fall from the bone. The connective tissue will be fully broken down. The marrow will release in to the sauce (or can be sucked out of the bone).
    Authentic Jamaican Oxtail Stew with Black Beans and bay leaf in clear glass bowl. The meat is falling off the bone; for Single Ingredient Groceries.
  • There is a small disk-shaped bone in the center of the top of the oxtail slices. This should easily slide off of the rest of the bone when the connective tissue has been fully broken down.
    Cooked Jamaican Oxtail stew in a white bowl with a spoon. Meat is falling off the bone and connective tissue is broken down. The bones are separating; for Single Ingredient Groceries