Like Water For Chocolate; Ox-Tail Soup
  • a tbsp of olive oil
  • 1-2 lb oxtail (they come available cut into pieces)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic mince
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 large potatoes, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 250g green beans, washed, ends cut off and snapped into three pieces each bean
  • a can diced tomato
  • 1 tsp smoky paprika and 1 tsp chili powder (or if you have access, like the original, add 4 chiles moritas/ chipotle peppers. We don't have them here)
  1. The original recipe says to brown the oxtails, onion and garlic, simmer in water, pull meat from bones, add veggies, simmer more, yada yada yada.
  2. Instead, in a dutch oven on the stove (best. thing. ever. I bought mine from Target for $25), fry the onion and garlic in the oil, then pop everything in.
  3. Let it heat up on high, then turn it down and simmer for ~2.5 hours. With meat like ox tail, tough, chewy, the longer you cook it, the better.
  4. At the 2 hour mark, you still pull the meat out, let it cool, tear meat off the bone, then toss it back in for the rest of the half hour, with the lid off to let the liquid reduce.
  5. Spoon it into bowls (watch the fingers!) and serve with chunks of bread.
Recipe by In Literature at