Oxtail Soup

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Catherine from Illinois.

Portions: 8

Serving size: 1-1/2 cups


  • 1 medium bell pepper
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 medium potato
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose white flour
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • 2-pound package oxtail
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® herb seasoning blend
  • 12 ounces frozen gumbo vegetables


  1. Chop bell peppers and jalapeno pepper, Dice onion and finely chop celery. Peel potato and cut into small cubes.
  2. In a large stock pot, under a medium heat, mix together olive oil, flour, and bouillon cubes. Fill pot 3/4 full of water. Add peppers and bring to a boil. Add oxtail and vinegar. Cover and cook until oxtails are tender and liquid reduces (about 1 to 1-1/2 hours). 
  3. Add black pepper and a dash of Mrs. Dash herb seasoning blend.
  4. Place potato cubes in a medium saucepan, cover with water and boil for 8 minutes; drain. (This process removes some potassium from the potato.)
  5. Add onion, celery, boiled potato and frozen vegetables. Cover and let cook until vegetables are tender.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  313
  • Protein  21 g
  • Carbohydrates  10 g
  • Fat  21 g
  • Cholesterol  66 mg
  • Sodium  325 mg
  • Potassium  596 mg
  • Phosphorus  257 mg
  • Calcium  61 mg
  • Fiber  2.2 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 2 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 2 fat 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Small ends ox tails preferred with fat trimmed.
  • Enjoy Oxtail Soup as a main course for lunch or dinner by adding a piece of cornbread and peach cobbler for dessert.

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Oxtail Soup

Why use bullion cubes when you could use low sodium beef stack? Bullion cubes are notoriously high in sodium and contain MSG. I bet the potassium levels would be lower as well if stock or broth were used instead of bullipn cubes. Dietitian comment: The sodium is lower, especially if you use a homemade or low sodium broth or stock. The potassium is 30 to 55 mg mg for 2 small bouillon cubes, but over 200 mg for 2 cups of beef broth. Some lower sodium broths contain potassium chloride and may exceed 400-600 mg potassium/cup, so always read the label to check ingredients.

Oct. 15, 2014, 6:59 PM - Inappropriate review?
Oxtail Soup
smokejoe says:

can you add barley to the soup? Dietitian comment: Yes you can add 1/4 cup uncooked pearled barley, which contains 140 mg potassium and 110 mg phosphorus (divided by 8, adds 18 mg potassium and 14 mg phosphorus per serving.)

May. 05, 2014, 3:32 PM - Inappropriate review?
Oxtail Soup
sparklets1 says:

thought it was excellent. I have made the oxtail stew that is not on the kidney diet menu per se and this soup is comparable. I enjoyed it!

Nov. 19, 2012, 2:54 AM - Inappropriate review?
Oxtail Soup
fstwrtr says:

In order for this to turn out you have to change the cooking time you have to simmer the oxtails for 5 hrs real slow. Then add veggies for the last 30 minutes. it's a fabulous dish. During the winter, we cook it on a wood stove and just let it simmer all day. it smells heavenly, this is one of the best soups/stews you will ever eat, if you have the patience.

Jan. 07, 2010, 2:13 PM - Inappropriate review?
Oxtail Soup

Honestly, this had no taste - I had several people try it and no one cared for it.

Oct. 06, 2009, 11:29 AM - Inappropriate review?

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