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Kare Kare (Oxtails with Tripe) Recipe

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This is a traditional Filipino dish served on special occasions as well as family dinners. The oxtails and tripe are slowly simmered to tenderness before creating the delectable peanut sauce.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes


  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 3 pounds oxtails
  • 2 pounds beef tripe
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups beef stock homemade or use canned
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons annatto oil
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter mixed with 1/2 cup hot tap water
  • Several shots of Tabasco, or more to taste


Heat a large frying pan and add 3 tablespoons of the peanut oil. Brown the oxtails well on both sides in 2 or 3 batches. Place them in a 6-quart heavy stove-top covered casserole.

While the oxtails are browning, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and blanch the tripe. Simply boil it for a few minutes, drain, and cool. Cut the tripe into strips 1/2 inch wide and 3 inches long. Add these to the oxtail pot.

Add the remaining peanut oil to the frying pan and saute the onion and garlic. Add to the oxtail pot along with the tomato, beef stock, water, salt, and annatto oil. Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours. Simmer partially covered for another 1-1/2 hours, stirring now and then. At the beginning of the last hour of cooking, add the peanut butter mixture and the Tabasco. Taste and add more Tabasco and salt if needed. If all is not very tender, continue to cook a bit longer.

Serve with rice.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Source: The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines by Jeff Smith (William Morrow)
Reprinted with permission.

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 5 out of 5
A big hit, Member Acobar

My wife's friends were quite surprised with this dish request it any time there is a big gathering. My only changes were adding more peanut butter, Cholula (instead of Tabasco), and I added about a pound of string beans, 2 eggplants, and 2 bunches of bok choy.

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