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Oxtail Slow-Cooker

Oxtail Slow-Cooker is a rich, hearty and loaded with vegetables Oxtail dish and so easy to make too ! This IS the best recipe and I have been making it for years.

This Oxtail cooked in the Slow-Cooker turns out so tender and fall-off-bone - with a delicious rich sauce

Hubby’s all-time favorite dish – Slow-Cooker OXTAIL ! I never even change the vegetables in this recipe, as the carrots and potatoes just works so well.

I do not make this a lot, as it is a very rich dish, red meat and all that. But there was never a question what would be the main dish on Father’s Day.

The BEST Slow-Cooker Oxtail recipe ever !

He never actually asked for it, but after 35 years together, I think we can read one another’s mind ! Really, I do believe that.

One thing they (anyway, who is this “they” everybody, me included, always mention ..? mmm) say, which I absolutely do not believe is the fact that the longer two people are together, the more they look like one another .. no, no, no waayy!

This Oxtail cooked in the Slow-Cooker turns out so tender and fall-off-bone - with a delicious rich sauce

My late father-in-law could cook up a storm, without having to go out to the grocery store first – he just used whatever was on hand.

He was the one who introduced me to mussels .. yeah, mussels ! I did not grow up eating “foreign” stuff like that, .. and Oxtail ? Never, even heard of it before my father-in-law made it.

This Oxtail cooked in the Slow-Cooker turns out so tender and fall-off-bone - with a delicious rich sauce

Ate the mussels – now love it ! Do try my recipe for Mussels in Lemon Garlic-Butter Sauce ! But it was still a few years until I finally made my first oxtail dish.

The recipe I am sharing today was the first one I used (have it written down on a piece of paper – no idea where it came from at first, but it is from a readers compilation of recipes in a magazine’s cook book).

Over the years I tried other recipes as well, but this is still the best. It is very saucy, and literally finger-lickin’ good.

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This Oxtail cooked in the Slow-Cooker turns out so tender and fall-off-bone - with a delicious rich sauce

Oxtail Slow-Cooker

This Oxtail cooked in the Slow-Cooker turns out so tender and fall-off-bone - with a delicious rich sauce

Oxtail Slow-Cooker

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours 40 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours

This Oxtail cooked in the Slow-Cooker turns out so tender and fall-off-bone - with a delicious rich sauce


  • 2 large Onions, cut into rings
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup Flour, seasoned with Salt and Pepper
  • 1.8 kilogram Oxtail, cut into 5cm (2″) pieces ( 4 pounds )
  • 2 cups Boiling Water, (approximately)
  • 1/3 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 6 Carrots, peeled and cut into rings
  • 450 grams Baby Potatoes, peeled or not ( 1 pound )
  • 1/2 packet Oxtail Soup Powder, (use Beef if Oxtail is not available)


  1. Saute the Onions in a little oil until soft and slightly brown, remove from pan and keep aside.
  2. Roll the Oxtail pieces in the Seasoned Flour and fry all sides until just browned.
  3. Place the Oxtail, together with the sauteed Onions in the slow-cooker, cover with Boiling water, add the Vinegar and Brown sugar, cover with lid and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
  4. Add the Carrots and Potatoes to the slow-cooker and cook on high for another 2 – 3 hours until the veggies are soft.
  5. Add the Oxtail soup powder to thicken (1/2 pack should do – but check after another 5 minutes) and cook until thickened 5 – 10 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 950Total Fat 46gSaturated Fat 17gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 278mgSodium 288mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 4gSugar 15gProtein 86g

Nutrition information isn't always 100% accurate

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Serve over lots of rice or mashed potatoes – very saucy indeed!

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Les lazarus

Friday 26th of August 2022

I have been making oxtail for YEARS recipe from my Ski teacher in France, my friends demand it ,Never in slow cooker tho.If i brown the meat, how long in a slow cooker on LOW ? Can i leave it overnight? I dont ad potatoes,I us Turnips, try it its better I think,i agree no sugar

Linda Nortje

Friday 26th of August 2022

Les, I do actually make the Oxtail in the Slow-Cooker overnight as well. 9 Hours on LOW the first time (usually just before I retire for the night), and then once all the vegetables are added, cook another 4 - 6 hours on LOW again. This is indeed a lovely recipe where you can play around with the vegetables. Let me know how yours turn out ?

Jeff Gill

Friday 10th of June 2022

Get the oxtail soup from Amazon. I get it all the time and just add water and stir in a cup. Love real oxtail although it's not cheap in the US.


Friday 31st of December 2021

We have 2 Soul Food Restuarants in town that serve Ox Tails with gravy over rice. Never made it but will this time. Will not use any sugar and can make gravy or use beef gravy packet. It's just easy to make own. With the browning floured meat and adding water it will probably make own gravy. Thanks.

Sandra Rierson

Sunday 9th of May 2021

I have been making ox tail vegetable soup all my life, especially in the winter. I am a senior citizen. I have NEVER heard of oxtail powder nor have I ever seen it in a grocery store. I have never heard of beef powder. Are you by any chance using a different vocabulary. I looked up oxtail powder and all that can up was envelopes of dried oxtail soup mix. (Amazon) could that be what you are talking about? I really want to make this recipe because I love oxtails.

Monday 13th of February 2023

It's beef stew seasoning idk about ox tail seasoning@Sandra Rierson,


Friday 10th of February 2023

@Linda Nortje, i am new to cooking, and i am not sure what to look for. I don't have access to oxtail soup powder, readily. However i am not sure what would qualify as a beef thickener. do you have any recommendations for what i should look for? Please and thank you, have a great day.

Linda Nortje

Sunday 9th of May 2021

Sandra, yes, as mentioned in the recipe it is Oxtail SOUP powder - the type that comes in an envelope packet (usually just add water and cook). Oxtail soup powder is very common in South-Africa. You can also use any beef flavored thickener. Hope this helps and that you enjoy the recipe !


Sunday 7th of February 2021

I never had oxtail tail's before but saw them at the butcher market that I go to didn't buy any will buy some and make this recipe looks so yummy also can the oxtails be used in place of a soup bones?

Linda Nortje

Sunday 7th of February 2021

I hope you make the oxtail soon, Gloria ! It is most delicious :-) I have only ever used the oxtail bones to make beef stock

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