Functional Food Friday: Slow Cooked Oxtail Stew

This is the first recipe in our series with our friend and trainer Naudi over at Functional Patterns.  Since Naudi is a Holistic Movement Practitioner and Trainer he often gets clients coming to him to help them with joint pain or injury. We felt the most Functional Foods for joint and tendon therapy  would be slow cooked bone-in meats and bone broth. This week we had some delicious Oxtail to cook up. This stew is great to start in the morning before you leave for work and then finish off when you get home. The aroma that greets you when you walk in the door is amazing.

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Slow Cooked Oxtail Stew


By Candice
Published: March 30, 2012

  • Yield: 4-6 Servings
  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 3-6 Hrs mins
  • Ready In: 48 mins

Grass Fed Oxtail slow cooked in a Dutch Oven with potatoes, mushrooms, kale and baby carrots. For those who are Paleo replace the potatoes with turnips or yams.



  1. Preheat the oven to 300 if cooking for 3 hours, 275 if cooking for 4-5 hours and 250 if cooking for 6 hours or more. The longer you cook it the better.
  2. In a Dutch or French oven braise the pieces of oxtail in the tallow/butter until browned on all sides
  3. Chop the onion and garlic and add to the braised meat
  4. Add the salt and seasonings and allow the onion & garlic to caramalize.
  5. Pour in enough filtered water to mostly cover the oxtails and add 2 tablespoons of beef bouillon.
  6. Transfer the Dutch Oven to the preheated oven.
  7. An hour before you want to eat dinner, transfer the Dutch Oven back to the stove top, add in quartered potatoes and carrots and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Add in the mushrooms and chopped kale and simmer for another 30 minutes adding additional water if required.
  9. The stew is now ready. If you would like to thicken the sauce stir in 1-2 tablespoons of almond butter. If you are not strictly Paleo you can mix in some heavy whipping cream for a creamier sauce.

About the Author:

Candice is a certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach living in sunny San Diego, California with her husband and seven year old daughter. She is passionate about nutrition and holistic health and sharing what she has learned and continues to learn with others who want to achieve health and vitality.