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Caribbean Beef Stew

Total Time
4 hr 35 min
20 min
4 hr 15 min
Oxtail stew is a rich delicacy, so we make it with center-cut beef shanks to cut the fat without sacrificing any flavor. Shank meat is a flavorful but very tough cut of meat and needs to cook quite a while. But once done cooking, though, it becomes meltingly tender. Serve the stew with steamed green vegetables or braised cabbage, or spooned over brown rice. A bright green salad would be an excellent complement to the stew.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Dark brown sugar

2 Tbsp, packed

Garlic powder

2 tsp

Kosher salt

2 tsp

Black pepper

1 tsp, coarsely ground

Ground allspice

1 tsp

Uncooked lean trimmed beef shanks

3½ pound(s), center-cut

Uncooked carrot(s)

3 medium, peeled and cut on angle into 1/2-inch- thick slices

Uncooked onion(s)

2 medium, chopped

Garlic clove

4 clove(s), peeled and smashed

Fresh thyme

2 sprig(s)

Bay leaf

2 leaf/leaves

Scotch bonnet

1 pepper(s)

Unsweetened ketchup

¼ cup(s)

All-purpose flour

2 Tbsp

Canned beef broth

1 cup(s)

Distilled white vinegar

3 Tbsp

Low sodium soy sauce

1 Tbsp

Browning and seasoning sauce

1 tsp

Canned butter beans

16 oz, drained and rinsed


  1. Preheat broiler. Set wire rack inside large rimmed baking sheet and coat rack with nonstick spray. In small bowl, combine brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and allspice.
  2. Pat beef dry with paper towels. Rub spice blend all over meat and place on wire rack. Broil beef, watching carefully to prevent burning, until lightly charred, 10 to 12 minutes per side. Transfer beef to slow cooker. Add carrots, onions, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves to pot. Pierce chile a few times with sharp small knife and add to pot.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk ketchup and flour. Gradually whisk in broth, then whisk in vinegar, soy sauce, and browning and seasoning sauce and add to pot.
  4. Cook stew on High for 4 hours or on Low for 8 hours. Thirty minutes before stew is done cooking, gently stir in beans. Continue to cook beef and vegetables until tender, about 30 minutes more.
  5. Serving size: about 1 cup