Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-kare
Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-kare

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-kare

Have you ever tried Oxtail Kare-kare? No?? Me either…I have never cooked, or eaten oxtail before, much less tried ANY Filipino cuisine.

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kari Kari

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-kare

…but today I am sharing a delicious slow cooked Oxtail Kare-kare.  The recipe was given to me by a very special lady whom I will introduce you to shortly.

Alesah -Gourmet Getaways

Alesah -Gourmet Getaways

I think oxtail is one of those cuts our grandparents grew up eating, but the younger generation seems to have shunned in favour of eye fillet and the like.  Lamb shanks and oxtail are both cuts of meat from the same era that seem to be enjoying a justifiable revival.

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-kare - Pin Me

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-kare – Pin Me

The meat is rich and hearty, and the slow cooking allows the collagen to melt into a rich stock. In the slow cooker oxtail performs very similarly to lamb shank.  The meat slowly softens and falls from the bone, retaining moisture and flavour.

Traditional Filipino Oxtail Kari Kari

Traditional Filipino Oxtail Kare-kare

Slow cooking the oxtail gives the meat and the broth, a wonderful silky texture. As with any slow cooked meat, the dish can go on before work, and then be completed on your return in the evening.

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare Kare
Recipe Type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Filipino
Author: Julie
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Serves: 8
A hearty flavoursome Filipino peanut stew. Delicious comfort food.
  • 1 kg Oxtail (buntot ng baka) or use chuck steak cubed – if you are not a fan of bones
  • 2 cups water (for the slow cooker)
  • 3 Tbs annatto seed
  • 1 cup water ( for soaking annatto seed)
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 3 small Lebanese eggplant cut diagonally into 1″ lengths
  • 1 bunch of green snake beans (sitaw) cut into 2″ pieces
  • 5 Bok Choy heads (pechay)
  • 1 pouch Mama Sita’s Kare-Kare
  • 1 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup bagoong alamang (Sauteed fried shrimp)
  • 1Tbs cornflour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp salt to taste
  • [cap id=”attachment_12979″ align=”aligncenter” width=”300″][url href=”×225.jpg”][img src=”×225.jpg” width=”300″ height=”225″ class=” size-medium” title=”Ingredients for slow cooked Oxtail Kare-kare” alt=”Ingredients for slow cooked Oxtail Kare-kare”][/url]Ingredients for slow cooked Oxtail Kare-kare[/cap]
  1. The first step is to put the meat into the slow cooker with the 2 cups of water. Cover and leave on auto for 8 hours or more.
  2. In a jug place 1 cup of water and the annatto seed. Allow to sit for at least an hour (or all day). The annatto seeds colour the dish. It can be stirred occasionally if desired.
  1. Remove the oxtail from the stock and reserve the stock and meat in separate bowls.
  2. Fry the onion and garlic in a heavy base casserole dish.
  3. Add the shrimp paste to the onion mixture and cook gently for one minute.
  4. Add the meat stock to the onion and shrimp mixture. Stir to combine.
  5. Next add the eggplant and the beans to the casserole dish. Cover with a lid and allow simmer slowly until the eggplant is soft.
  6. Return to the Annatto seed water. The red water adds colour to the dish. Strain the liquid keeping the water. Discard the Annatto seed.
  7. Mix the cornflour with the red Annatto seed liquid.
  8. Add the Mama Sita Kare Kare Sachet to the red liquid and stir until combined.
  9. Once the eggplant has softened add the peanut butter to the casserole and stir until combined.
  10. Return the meat to the stew and add the bok choy.
  11. Gently stir sauce base through the ingredients in the casserole dish. Stir until thickened and serve with rice.

Oxtail Kare-kare is a traditional Filipino dish.  I’m guessing every Filipino family has their own version of this dish. The only unusual ingredient in the recipe are photographed below.

Exotic Asian Groceries Online

Exotic Asian Groceries Online

I was easily able to source the ingredients online through Exotic Asian Groceries but if you have an Asian Store in your area you will find the ingredients readily available.

Oxtail Kari Kari

Oxtail Kare-kare

Regardless of the minor variations families may bring to the dish it always features a thick savory peanut sauce.

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kari Kari w Rice

Slow Cooked Oxtail Kare-kare w Rice

The reason I am bringing you a traditional Filipino dish today is I have recently teamed up with a lovely lady called Alesah.

Regular readers will know that after four wonderful years publishing Gourmet Getaways I have been wanting to take the website to the next level. I have been needing someone to push me into approaching sponsors for the site, recipes and travel.  It seems this is not something I am able to do on my own. I’ve taken a step forward and Alesah has joined our little Gourmet Getaways team.

Alesah - Longest Zipline Adventure in Asian

Alesah – Longest Zipline Adventure in Asia

Alesah has a Filipino background so it seemed right that I introduce her to readers during a delicious Filipino meal.

I hope you enjoyed the first course. For dessert on Tuesday there will be a luscious Molten Chocolate Caramel Fondant and a little bio from Alesah – the latest addition to the Gourmet Getaways family.

In the meantime try this delicious slow cooked Oxtail Kare-kare.  Think of it as a mini Gourmet Getaway you can enjoy in your own kitchen.

So tell me readers, do you ever wish you had a second pair of hands to help you out? Or a cheerleader spurring you on? Lol… or would you be happy just to find dinner on the table when you get home.

Salamat Alesah, you have helped me with all these things 🙂

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  1. It”s jus gorgeous! New flavours, new name…it mus be just delicious ! Thanks to Alesah et good luck for next level Julie!

    • Alesah Villalon :

      Thank you, Eva! I also visit your blog and it is one of my favourites! J’apprendre a parler les francais 🙂

  2. Alesah Villalon :

    Wow Julie! You leave me speechless…Since I came to know about Gourmet Getaways, I got addicted to it! It provides great content every single time. Your recipes, photos, articles and travel getaways feel like I was with you as a reader. I am so happy to be part of the Great Gourmet Getaways team. Here, you don’t write “posts”; you write STORIES.

    From the bottom of my Filipino heart, maraming salamat (many thanks) to you, Julie! I hope we spend years or even decades together!

    P.S. Your kare-kare looks perfect! I’m having it for a nice Sunday lunch!

  3. I am so pleased I did your recipe justice Alesah. Like I said I have never cooked with oxtail or made a Filipino dish before and it was amazing!! I like that you push me outside my comfort zone. 🙂

  4. Hi Alesah! Hi Julie… great dish. Exciting new things.

  5. Hi Alesah, glad to have met you here. Can’t wait to find out more!
    Julie, I am impressed how beautifully you have cooked and photographed this dish. It looks scrumptious!

    • Alesah Villalon :

      Hello Madam Sugar et al ;)…Pleased to meet you, too! Julie and I promise to share more to all of you nice ladies and gents. So, do come back to visit us. And yes, Julie nailed it!

  6. Congrats on the new addition! And kare kare is a lovely dish. Filipino food is really one of the under-appreciated cuisines in Australia.

  7. I made an ox tail stew in the pressure cooker on Thursday, what a shame I didn’t have this yummy recipe as it would have been a nice tasty change from the usual! Looking forward to see what other great additions you make to the blog guys 🙂 xox

  8. Bhing Almeda :

    Being a Filipino, I am happy to see this loved dish! Shrimp paste is my personal favorite. I hope to see more Filipino dish in the future, especially those that use coconut cream. Thank you for featuring this dish in your blog. More power!

  9. Bhing Almeda :

    Being a Filipino, I love to see our loved dish in an Australian food blog like this. Shrimp paste is actually my favorite! I wish to see more of Filipino dishes, such as those with coconut cream. Thank you once again!

    • Hi Bhing

      I loved the recipe for Kare-kare that Alesah shared with me. I am so pleased you like the pictures, I hope I made it true to the tradition. Now that Alesah is helping me I am sure we will be able to share a lot more delicious Filipino recipes.

  10. This slow cooker oxtail dish certainly is a getaway to an adventure for the palate. Thank you Julie and Alesah for sharing the gems of different cultures <3

    • Alesah Villalon :

      You’re so right! Every culture has something great to offer. That’s why we’re all here for – in the spirit of sharing! Thanks so much!

  11. That looks incredible Julie! 😮 I made an oxtail dish a few weeks ago and I really liked how rich in texture it was. I’m keen to make something again so I should use this.

  12. I’ve only used ox tails in a beef broth, but this Filipino dish looks so much more satisfying! I think I”m going to have my daughter start helping me with the blog. There just isn’t enough time in the day to do it all! Happy to meet you, Alesah!

    • Alesah Villalon :

      Happy to meet you, Liz. Thanks for the warm welcome. It is fun to be working with someone as nice as Julie. How much more fun can it be when you work with your daughter!

      Please do try this dish when you have the time. I’m sure you’ll like it! 🙂

    • What a good idea Liz!!! That will give another angle to the blog too, more depth 🙂

  13. I have never had kari-kari before, nor have I had ox-tail. There’s an Italian restaurant near me that often has ox-tail on the menu. I would love to try this slow-cooked dish. It looks very pretty and like it has wonderful flavours and anything slow-cooked at this time of year is fabulous xx

  14. Hi Julie, and Hi Alesah! Nice to meet you! I love oxtail, but not in kare kare before. It’s the popular Filipino dish that I haven’t tried before… really wish to try this one someday in the near future!

    • Alesah Villalon :

      Hi Nami. Thanks for dropping by :). If you love oxtail, then you’ll surely love it in Kare-kare 🙂 Almost all Filipinos get excited at buffet restaurants when they see this dish! Love you recipes, too!

  15. I know that this is an amazing dish – one I have not made for a while. But I love oxtail and so it should be on my winter menu 🙂

  16. What a delicious way to introduce your new inspiring co-worker to us. 🙂 Oxtail sounds downright fabulous done this way. 🙂

  17. Oh wow Julie, I’ve never tried Ox Tail but a recipe like this might just inspire me to take the plunge as it does sound lovely. Very exciting to hear you’ve got someone joining the team! I’d love a helping hand too.

    Krissie x –

  18. i love ox tail and make soup with it all the time!

  19. Hello Julie and Alesha! This is such a beautiful dish with such depth of flavors. I am blessed as living here in HK we have many Philippine markets and I am certain I can find all of your ingredients to make this lovely dish. Wishing you a warm welcome Alesha. Take Care, BAM

  20. Welcome Alesah. 🙂
    I grew up eating oxtail and it remains one of my favourite winter meals.
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  21. I am drooling. The best oxtail I’ve ever had was cooked by one of the grannies of the little boy I was an au pair for in Genova. Nonna slow cooked it, I am sure, the meat was so tender and the fat so fatty and delicious. Slurp. Must try it myself one day. I have just bought lamb shanks to try your recent recipe. Welcome to the new member of the team!

  22. Dear Julie and Alesah,

    Your kare kare recipe looks awesome. I love oxtail for its texture and flavour especially in stews and soups during the winter months. My all time favourite recipes are oxtail spag bol and oxtail Vietnamese pho.

    • Alesah Villalon :

      We are so glad you liked the recipe. This comes handy when you want something new to try :). Thanks, Chopin!

  23. This is my first time to this site and I’m so excited to see the Kare Kare slow cooker recipe. Can’t wait to make this dish! I’m Filipina and I’ve left the home cooking to mom, but I’m ready to give it a try at my husband’s request. I love the presentation and photos on your site – it all looks sooo good, but it’s interesting to see chopsticks on the bowl of kare kare since chopsticks are not used in the Filipino culture (unless you’re eating food from another asian culture that does use them). Not being nit-picky or anything – just sayin’.

    • Lol Ana!
      Thank you so much for pointing that out!
      I had no idea chopsticks weren’t used in the Philippines! I will know not to use chopsticks in my images of Filipino food in the future.
      Thank you for visiting, please take a look at my Ensaimada and let me know what you think, they were delicious.


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