By Sam | 17 July, 2017


This recipe holds special meaning for us as it is the recipe that sparked the initial conversation about Our Modern Kitchen. This Oxtail Chilli Con Carne is rich, hearty and has unctuous depth of flavour. A comforting dish that once tried, is sure to become an instant favourite.

  • Author: Sam



1 Jointed Oxtail,

2 Large Onions, chopped

24 Green Chillies depending on spice preference

2 Large Romano Red Peppers, finely sliced

4 Garlic Cloves

250ml Red Wine

2 Dried Ancho Chillies, seeds removed & roughly chopped

1 Dried New Mexico Chilli, seeds removed & roughly chopped

3 tsp Tomato Concentrate

1 x 400g Tin of Red Kidney Beans, drained

1 x 400g Tin of Peeled Plum Tomatoes

4 tsp Smoked Paprika

3 tsp Ground Cumin

3 tsp Ground Coriander

3 tsp Dried Oregano

25g Plain Flour

Juice of 1 Lime

1 Large Bunch of Coriander, roughly chopped

Generous Pinch of Salt & Pepper


Olive Oil





Sour Cream

Grated Cheese



1. Preheat the oven to 160Cº.

2. Place a large, casserole pan over a high heat with a generous lug of olive oil.

3. Season the flour generously with salt and pepper and then dredge the oxtail pieces in the flour until evenly coated.

4. Add the oxtail pieces to the pan and brown on all sides. You may need to work in batches to do this. Once browned, remove from the pan.

5. Deglaze the pan with a splash of the red wine and add in the onion, green chillies and garlic. Fry for 3-4 minutes until starting to colour. Next, add the ground spices and oregano and cook for a further 2 minutes. Then, add the tomato concentrate to the pan, along with the plum tomatoes, dried chillies, red wine and then mix together.

6. Return the oxtail pieces to the pot, and top up with water until just covering the oxtail. Add the pan to the oven with a lid and cook for 4 hours, turning the oxtail pieces halfway through.

7. After 4 hours, remove the pan from the oven and remove the oxtail pieces from the pan. Add the red pepper and the drained kidney beans to the pan and mix together. Return the oxtail pieces to the pan and then return to the oven with the lid on for a further hour or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone.

Tip – Try using a hand blender to blitz the sauce a little before adding the beans and red pepper – this will help yield a velvety smooth sauce.

8. Once cooked, remove the oxtail pieces from the pan and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Once comfortable to handle, strip the meat from the bones and add to the pan along with the juice of a lime and some chopped coriander. Finally, mix together and then serve your oxtail chili with steamed rice, sour cream and grated cheese.


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