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Zimbabwean Oxtail Stew: Easy, hearty, rich, and satisfying

    Oxtail stew

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    Oxtail stew

    Zimbabwean Oxtail Stew

    Oxtail stew, a Zimbabwean favourite.
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 3 hours
    Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes


    • 2 lbs Oxtail Cut into 1 1/2
    • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
    • 1 Tsp Salt
    • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
    • 2 White Onions Finely chopped
    • 1 Medium Green Bell Pepper Chopped
    • 2 Large Red Tomatoes Finely chopped
    • 2 Tbsp Flour
    • 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
    • 1/2 Tsp Curry Powder
    • 1 Tbsp Royco Usavi or Bisto
    • 1/2 Tsp Dried Thyme
    • 5 Cups Water
    • Fresh Parsley (optional garnish)


    • Put the oxtail in the pot, add salt, water, black pepper, garlic, and 1 onion.
    • On high heat let the oxtail boil meat boil for 20 minutes, then drain the broth.
    • Lower the heat to medium,
    • Add the oil and curry to the oxtail and brown it.
    • Add the other onion as it browns, add the tomatoes and the green pepper
    • Keep turning the meat so that the tomatoes get fully cooked (make them soft) and also so as to avoid burning the meat.
    • Add the broth that you drained and let it simmer for 2-3hrs on medium heat or until the oxtail is soft
    • Lindy's Oxtail Stew
      Turn off heat and let sit for 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with the fresh parsley if desired.
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