Beef Oxtail Braised with Chorizo


6.5 pound(s) (2- to 3-inch-pieces) meaty oxtails

1.5 teaspoon(s) salt

1 teaspoon(s) black pepper

1.5 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil

1/4 pound(s) mild Spanish chorizo (spicy cured pork sausage)

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

4 medium carrots, coarsely chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 Turkish or 1/2 California bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon(s) sweet or hot Spanish smoked paprika

1 cup(s) dry white wine

1 (28- to 32-oz) can whole tomatoes in purée, coarsely chopped (including purée) in a food processor

2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon(s) Sherry vinegar or red-wine vinegar

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pat oxtails dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat oil in pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Brown oxtails in batches without crowding, turning occasionally; cook about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer browned oxtails to a bowl. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot.
  2. Remove and discard casing from chorizo, then finely chop sausage in food processor.
  3. Cook chorizo, onion, carrots, garlic and bay leaf in fat in pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, 6 to 7 minutes. Add paprika and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add wine and bring to a boil, stirring and scraping up any brown bits. Add oxtails with any juices accumulated in bowl and chopped tomatoes (liquid should come about halfway up sides of meat) and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover pot and braise oxtails in lower third of oven, turning once or twice, until very tender, 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Skim fat from sauce, then stir in parsley, cilantro, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.