Photo: Hector Sanchez
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
6 Hours 30 Mins
Makes about 6 servings

For slow-cooked comfort, feast on Wine-Braised Oxtails. It's the perfect dish on a cold winter day.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place first 7 ingredients in a 6-qt. slow cooker.

Step 2

Toss oxtails with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with flour; toss to coat. Cook oxtails, in 2 batches, in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until well browned. Transfer oxtails to slow cooker, reserving drippings in skillet.

Step 3

Add wine to reserved drippings in skillet; cook 1 minute, stirring to loosen brown bits from bottom of skillet. Whisk in tomato paste; cook, stirring often, 2 minutes. Pour over oxtails.

Step 4

Cover and cook on LOW 5 to 6 hours. Add mushrooms; cook 1 more hour.

Step 5

Remove oxtails and vegetables using a slotted spoon. Discard bay leaves and herbs. Skim fat from juices in slow cooker; season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately over oxtails, vegetables, and hot cooked rice.

Ratings & Reviews

SouthernDoll's Review

April 25, 2013
My whole family loved this dish. It was tender and tasty. I used the oxtails, but given their expense I will use bone-in chuck roast next time (bones give food a rich flavor). Oxtails do have a lot of bone, gristle, and fat, but most of the fat melts during cooking and gets skimmed from the sauce at the end.

OklahomaJane's Review

January 30, 2013
I have used Southern Living recipes for years. I was so disappointed in this one. I followed the recipe exactly, made no substitions or changes at all. The meat was tough, greasy, and the dish had no flavor at all. I used rosemary and parsley from the garden. The SL Test Kitchen Tip suggested using boneless chuck roast cut into cubes for the meat, so I used half oxtails and half beef cut into cubes.

mary327's Review

January 19, 2013