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Like Water For Chocolate Ox Tail Soup Food in Literature

Like Water For Chocolate; Ox-Tail Soup

  • Author: Bryton Taylor


  • 2 oxtails
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 kilo string beans
  • 2 potatoes
  • 4 chiles moritas [a lightly smoked chipotle pepper, with some heat but not overwhelming, and with a slight slight fruity flavour]


  1. Take a knife and cut a cross on the bottom of each tomato.
  2. Boil some water, then plunge your tomatoes in for 30 seconds, before spooning out and running under cold water. Use your fingers to remove the tomato peel. Chop roughly.
  3. Chop the onions and the garlic finely.
  4. Heat up some oil in a bottom of a large pot, and brown the oxtails. Remove oxtails and set on a plate to the side.
  5. Add the garlic and onions, cooking until clear.
  6. Add in the potatoes, beans and chopped tomatoes. Add the oxtails back in.
  7. Cover with water and simmer for 2 hours for tender meat.
  8. Remove the oxtails, shred the meat from the bone and add the meat back into the pot, before serving.