How To Make Rabo Encendido At Home

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Rabo Encendido is a bull’s tail stew. It is not complicated to make. It contains oxtail, vegetables and is infused with different spices and herbs. It just needs a little time and patience.

Rabo Encendido

Rabo Encendido is also known as Cuban oxtail stew. It is a classic Spanish stew. It is served throughout Spain in all the traditional restaurants. As the name suggests, it is a bull stew. Back in history when bullfights happened in Spain, a dead bull’s tails were of no use. That is how the recipe started.

To make Rabo Encendido, marinate oxtails in vino Seco, olive oil, and salt for about 12 hours. Brown the oxtails. Then, cook potatoes, onions, and carrots in olive oil in a pot. Add salt, garlic paste, spices, and herbs to it. Then, add tomato sauce and chicken broth to it. Add the browned oxtails to the pot. Cover it and cook for 4 hours.

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Rabo Encendido recipe

Rabo Encendido Recipe

Rabo Encendido is a bull's tail stew. It is not complicated to make. It contains oxtail, vegetables and is infused with different spices and herbs. It just needs a little time and patience.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time 12 hrs
Total Time 16 hrs 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 8
Calories 785 kcal


  • Large Bowl
  • Large Pot


  • cups Vino Seco (White Cooking Wine)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 pounds Beef Oxtails
  • 2 Potatoes (peeled and quartered)
  • 2 cups Onions (diced)
  • 1 cup Carrots (diced)
  • 6 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup Green Olives (pitted and halved)
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Miami Style Sazon Seasoning
  • ½ 18-ounce packet Sazon Seasoning (like Sa-Son Accent)
  • ½ teaspoon Allspice
  • 1 15-ounce can Tomato Sauce
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth


  • In a large bowl, add vino Seco, ¼ cup olive oil, and salt. Add oxtails to this mixture and coat them well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 12 hours.
  • After 12 hours, drain all the marinade, leaving behind just ½ cup of it. 
  • Take a large pot and heat olive oil in it over medium-high flame. Sear oxtails until they get browned on each side. To brown them, cook them for 2 minutes on each side. Keep them aside.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the same pot. Saute onions, potatoes, and carrots for 5 minutes until they get translucent. 
  • Make a coarse paste of garlic with ½ teaspoon salt. Add this to the pot and cook until it gives a fragrance. Add green olives, bay leaves, sazon complete, sazon seasoning, and allspice. Stir them. Pour the marinade reserve, tomato sauce, and chicken broth into the pot.
  • Add oxtails to the pot and bring them to a boil. Reduce the flame to the lowest and cover the pot. Cook the oxtails until they get tender and fall off from the bone. It will take about 4 hours.
  • Serve them hot.


Rabo Encendido Receta Cubana


Calories: 785kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 72.9g | Fat: 41.8g | Cholesterol: 251.6mg | Sodium: 2008.4mg
Keyword Cuban, Oxtail stew, Rabo Encendido, Spanish, Spanish cuisine
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