Rabo Encendido

Another one of the most-consumed dishes in Cuba is Rabo encendido, which is why we’re including it here on our most-traditional list. Although it is said that it comes from the Iberian Peninsula, it became very popular on the Island since the arrival of the Spanish.

Because of this, our recipe has a bit of the Spanish version in it, but also mixes adaptations that Cubans have made from one generation to the next.

Rabo Encendido Recipe

rabo encendido recipe

Prepare a delicious rabo encendido, this recipe is very popular in Cuba and it will be enjoyed with delight by everyone, especially by those who like spicy meals.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time1 hr 40 min
  • Total Time1 hr 50 min
  • YieldRecipient
  • Serving Size200g
  • Energy200 cal


  • 1 kg of ox tail
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 onions
  • Parsley
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1 cup of tomato puree
  • 200 mL of white wine
  • 100 mL of water
  • Black pepper
  • Salt as desired
  • 3 table spoons of oil

How to prepare rabo encendido?


The first step is to season the ox tail- previously chopped into pieces- with salt and pepper and then sauté it until it is well-cooked on all sides. You can sauté it in the same pot you will cook it in.


When it is golden, add chopped garlic, onions, green pepper and mix everything so that the flavors combine well.


Then we add the tomato puree and continue stirring, after 30 seconds we add the white wine and continue cooking it over medium heat.


After 3 to 5 minutes, add the water and let it cook for an hour and a half. You will know when it is ready when the meat gets tender. At the end, add black pepper as desired and more water if you think it is necessary.


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If you would like this recipe to be spicier, you can add any other ingredient you would like such as spicy pepper and tabasco sauce.
It is called rabo encendido due to its spicy flavor, but we prefer to make it less spicy so that we can enjoy it better.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • 5 servings per container
  • Serving Size200g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories200
  • % Daily Value*

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