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{VIDEO} Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Oxtails (Low-Carb, Paleo, Whole30)

  • Author: Fit SlowCooker Queen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 3 pounds oxtails
  • 28 ounces crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 6 ounces carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil (for pressure cooker)


  • Rinse & pat dry oxtails. Season oxtails generously with salt & pepper to taste

Slow Cooker

  1. Add oxtails to the slow cooker. Add carrots, onion, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper on top of oxtails. Pour on balsamic vinegar & crushed or diced tomatoes.
  2. Cook HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW 6-8.

Instant Pot

  1. Turn on the pressure cooker and select sauté. Once hot,  add oil and the seasoned oxtails to the pot. Cook 2-4 minutes on each side or on until oxtails are evenly browned. You may have to do this in batches. Remove oxtails.
  2. Add carrots and onions. Cook 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add garlic & cook an additional minute.  Pour in balsamic vinegar & deglaze the bottom of the pressure cooker by scraping all the bits off with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add oxtails back to the pressure cooker. Pour tomatoes on top.
  4. Close lid and seal valve. Set high pressure for 40 minutes. When done cooking, let the Instant Pot naturally release the pressure.