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Stewed Rabbit or Conejo in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Stewed Rabbit or Conejo in Spicy Tomato Sauce

This recipe for Stewed Rabbit or Conejo in Spicy Tomato Sauce turned out exactly as I had hope. A rich and flavorful sauce with falling off the bone tender moist rabbit
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main Course, Other Meats
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Servings 4 servings
Calories 268 kcal


  • 1 whole rabbit cut into pieces. (I cut the hind quarters into two servings, the front into two servings and the ribs into four servings. For the ribs, I rolled them into cylinders and tied with a piece of string for even cooking)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence divided (or you could use Italian seasonings in its place)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or as needed
  • 1 large onion cut in half then sliced on the vertical (about 1 ½ cups total)
  • 4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons flour depends on how thick you want your sauce, I like mine thick, I used 3
  • 2 bay leaves preferably fresh, if dried, crumble
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried
  • 1 ½ cups dry white wine or white vermouth (I like to use vermouth because of its consistency in flavor)
  • 1 cup low-salt or homemade chicken broth
  • 1 14.5 ounce can tomatoes in puree (preferably Italian) chopped


  • Heat the oven to 350°F. 
  • Season the rabbit with salt and pepper and half of the herbes de Provence. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat; add the rabbit, in batches as necessary, and brown well on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium; add the onions and sauté until softened; about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and the flour; sauté for 2 - 3 minutes, then add the wine (or vermouth); stir well and simmer until the wine is reduced by half, about 5 - 10 minutes. Stir in the remaining herbs de Provence, bay leaf and thyme. Add the chicken broth and tomatoes. Stir well. Nestle the rabbit into the pot; cover and put in the oven. Ignore for 1 ½ hours. 
  • Remove the pot from the oven. Remove the bay leaves, if whole, and the stems from the thyme sprigs. Untie the rib pieces. If you added enough flour at the beginning, you should have a nice thick sauce, if not, let it simmer a few minutes, uncovered on top of the stove until the sauce has been reduced to your liking. Serve the rabbit on rice, noodles, polenta along with the sauce. 
  • If you really can't bring yourself to try rabbit, you could make this dish with chicken.  Remove the skin prior to cooking it as the skin would just turn soft and rubbery in the cooking liquid, so why spend the calories on something that is not good to eat?


Serving: 1gCalories: 268kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 16gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 522mgFiber: 2g
Keyword conejo, rabbit, spicy
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