Shredded Tri-Tip Tacos

For those of you who don’t know what tri-tip is [vegetarians look away] …

Shredded Tri-Tip Tacos recipe ans images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

… Tri-Tip is tasty goodness. Plain and simple.

To be honest, I was actually scared to move to Texas, in part, because I thought I’d be giving up my beloved California tri-tip.

Shredded Tri-Tip Tacos recipe ans images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Well, I was a pleasantly surprised to see tri-tip at my local grocery store when we first moved.  So, either California has its residents fooled into thinking tri-tip is a “California thing,” or Texas is now in on the secret now as well.  Do you have tri-tip in your area?

Shredded Tri-Tip Tacos recipe ans images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Tri-Tip is kinda like a combination between a roast and a steak and is amazing when prepared well — which usually means it’s marinated, BBQ’d and then served between two slices of fresh garlic bread as a sandwich. Mmm.

Shredded Tri-Tip Tacos recipe ans images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

However, I thought I’d try something different this time.  I felt like some tacos.

Shredded Tri-Tip Tacos recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chefSome shredded tri-tip tacos.

Shredded Tri-Tip Tacos recipe ans images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I used my recipe for shredded beef tacos and they turned out wonderfully.

Shredded Tri-Tip Tacos recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

This recipe also works great in the crock pot.  In fact, that’s how we used to make shredded beef tacos all the time.  If you don’t have tri-tip in your area, this recipe will also work with a beef roast.

Shredded Tri-Tip Tacos

2 to 2 1/2 lbs. tri-tip roast
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (4 oz.) mild green chilies
1/2 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, smashed
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
8-10 good quality corn or flour tortillas (I use Guerrero brand)
optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, diced fresh tomatoes, dollop sour cream, lettuce, salsa, lime wedges

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a small mixing bowl, make taco seasoning rub by combining the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, ground ginger and cayenne pepper. Mix well.

Rub tri-tip with dry spice rub and place in Dutch oven (or crock pot). Let sit for 15-20 minutes at room temperature. Cover roast with diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chillies, onion, garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and place into oven for 2-3 hours, or until beef is tender and breaks away with fork. (If using crock pot, cook on low for 8-10 hours).

Remove from oven and place tri-tip on cutting board. Discard the smashed garlic. Leave remaining juices, tomatoes, chillies and onion in pot.

Using two forks, shred the tri-tip by holding one fork steady with one hand and slowly scraping the other fork, prongs faced backwards, with your other hand away from the other fork. Transfer the shredded tri-tip to a large bowl and add the reserved cooked vegetables and juices from the Dutch oven. Stir to combine.

Heat a flat skillet or griddle over medium high heat. Add a tortilla to the pan and let the tortilla heat until it develops little bubbles. Remove from the heat (without burning your fingers!). Then place desired amount of shredded tri-tip onto tortilla, followed by desired toppings.

Comments

  1. Rory says

    Really really enjoy this recipe, I think I’ve made it 4 to 5 times since I found it a month ago. Leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Jacqulyn says

    Recipe looks great! Can’t wait to try it this weekend.

    I have friends from Wisconsin who lived in California for a few years. They said the hardest thing to give up was the tri tip. They’ve had to request the cut from a butcher shop. So when they do, they request quite a few
    & freeze so they will not need to do so too often.

  3. Jane Roberts says

    I love your website. I have been trying to find a way to cook a tri tip and will do this recipe today.

    i will browse your ideas and recipes occasionally as I love to cook and work for a food distributor.

    Thanks!!

  4. sally michaelsen says

    these tacos are fantastic lots of flavor this is one recipe i will use and also give to my older son he is a huge taco eater thank you so much!!!!

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