Boneless Oxtail Braised in Guinness Recipe



  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoons canola oil
  • 5-6 pounds oxtail, cut into 12-16 pieces total
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons white flour
  • 1 bottle Guinness stout
  • 1 cup good-quality chopped or puréed canned Italian San Marzano tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper


Oxtail is traditionally cooked in red wine, but Guinness stout makes a good substitute.

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Adapted from “The Country Cooking of Ireland” by Colman Andrews. 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter with the oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven or flameproof casserole with a lid. Brown the oxtails on both sides, working in batches if necessary. As oxtails brown, remove from Dutch oven and set aside.

Reduce heat to medium and put onions and carrots into the Dutch oven, adding more oil if necessary. Cook, stirring frequently, for 10-12 minutes or until onions and carrots soften and begin the brown. Sprinkle flour over them and stir in well, then add Guinness and tomatoes and enough water to just cover all the ingredients, stirring everything together well.

Add the bay leaves to oxtails and season to taste with salt and pepper, then cover the Dutch oven tightly and cook for 4 hours, stirring contents about every 45 minutes.

Remove oxtails from the liquid and spread out on a baking sheet to cool. When cool enough to handle, pull meat from bones with your fingers or a knife and fork, saving bones for stock. (If using your fingers, be very careful: bones can be sharp.)

Return the meat to Dutch oven or casserole dish and mix it in well. Cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes to heat through. Liquid should be thick and dark. If it’s still too thin, simmer, uncovered, over low heat, stirring frequently, for 20–30 minutes, or until it thickens.


Calories per serving:

1,754 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 129g 198%
  • Carbs 18g 6%
  • Saturated 53g 266%
  • Fiber 3g 12%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 54g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 118g 237%
  • Cholesterol 442mg 147%
  • Sodium 1,159mg 48%
  • Calcium 89mg 9%
  • Magnesium 144mg 36%
  • Potassium 2,289mg 65%
  • Iron 12mg 69%
  • Zinc 24mg 157%
  • Phosphorus 1,164mg 166%
  • Vitamin A 381µg 42%
  • Vitamin C 16mg 26%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 43%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 63%
  • Niacin (B3) 21mg 107%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 133%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 73µg 18%
  • Vitamin B12 18µg 305%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 14µg 18%
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