Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos | Perfect Easy Weeknight Dinner!

Use your slow cooker for the most delicious Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos, piled high with your favorite toppings. Made with savory and tender tri-tip, this easy-to-put-together meal is the perfect end to a busy day!

Overhead view of two Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos on a plate, including cheesem shredded tri-tip, and lime wedges.

For those of you who don’t know what tri-tip is, tri-tip is pure and simple tasty goodness.

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

I was pleasantly surprised to see this flavorful cut of beef 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 as well.  Do you have tri-tip in your area?

Tri-tip is kinda like a combination between a roast and a steak and is amazing when grilled or shredded – which usually means it’s marinated, BBQ’d, and then served between two slices of fresh garlic bread as a sandwich. Mmm.

Even though we usually grill it and serve it over a salad or on a sandwich, I thought I’d try something different this time.

I felt like some tacos.

Some crock pot shredded beef tacos, actually.

This recipe works great in a crock pot or in the oven (and I’ve included instructions for both!).

If you don’t have tri-tip in your area, this recipe will also work with a beef roast.

In a hurry in the morning?  Just add all the ingredients to a large Ziploc bag the night before and then empty it into the crock pot before you leave for work.  You’ll come home for some delicious shredded beef tacos after work 🙂

Overhead view of the Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos, including ingredients of onions, garlic, tomatoes, chiles, and beef.

WHAT IS TRI-TIP?

Tri-tip is one of my favorite cuts of beef. It is taken from the sirloin. A tri-tip roast is ideal for slow cooking methods, and that is why it works perfectly for these Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos. The tri-tip roast is also called the bottom sirloin roast or the triangle roast. It’s also called the Santa Maria, bottom sirloin, or triangle steak (if you buy it in steak form). This cut does not have a lot of fat, so you have to be careful about how you cook it. Choosing tri-tip for a crock pot recipe is the perfect way to use it because of the lengthy cooking time.

Overhead view of the tri-tip in the crock pot for Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos, ready to shred.

OTHER BEEF OPTIONS FOR CROCK POT SHREDDED BEEF TACOS

If you cannot find tri-tip for these crock pot shredded beef tacos, you can choose another cut of beef. You may have to adjust the cooking time depending on the thickness of the meat. You’ll know it’s done when the beef is easily shredded with a fork. Options instead of the crock pot tri-tip are listed here:

  • Round roast
  • Chuck roast
  • Prime rib roast
  • Skirt steak
  • Flank streak

Overhead view of a cutting board with shredded beef prepared and ready for Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos.

HOW TO MAKE TRI-TIP IN THE CROCK POT

The method to prepare this crock pot tri-tip is pretty simple. Put it together in the morning. By dinner time, savory meat is ready to enjoy! Take these steps:

  • Put the tri-tip in the crock pot.
  • Cover the tri-tip with the seasoning mix, as listed in the recipe. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, onion, and chiles.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours.
  • Place the tri-tip on a cutting board, leaving the juices and other ingredients in the pot except for the garlic.
  • Shred the tri-tip using two forks, then add to the bowl containing the juices from the crock pot.
  • Heat tortillas in a griddle pan and remove when warm.
  • Place the tri-tip mixture onto the tortilla and add toppings.

PS: You could also use any one of these tasty and easy tri tip marinades!

Overhead view of a white bowl containing shredded beef, with two forks in the bowl.

HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT CROCK POT SHREDDED BEEF TACOS

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. This recipe also freezes well for up to three months. Reheat leftovers in the oven or microwave, but do not overcook, or the shredded beef could become tough.

Overhead view of two Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos on a white plate, garnished with tomatoes and lime wedges. Close up side view of two Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos on a white plate, garnished with avocado, tomatoes, and cheese.

TOPPINGS FOR CROCK POT SHREDDED BEEF TACOS

The great thing about this crock pot tri-tip recipe is that you can have fun with the toppings. Try these:

Side view of Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos on a white plate, garnished with avocado, cheese, and tomatoes.

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5 from 3 votes
Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos Square Recipe Preview Image
Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 5 mins
 

Use you slow cooker for the most delicious Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos, piled high with your favorite toppings. Made with savory and tender tri-tip, this easy-to-put-together meal is the perfect end to a busy day!

Categories: Easy Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: shredded beef tacos, slow cooker tri tip, tri tip tacos
Servings: 10 tacos
Calories: 458 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 lbs tri-tip roast
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp sea 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 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 4 oz. can mild green chilies
  • 1/2 large white onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves smashed
  • 10 cassava flour tortillas or other favorite tortilla use this recipe!
  • optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese diced fresh tomatoes, dollop greek yogurt, lettuce, salsa, lime wedges
Instructions
  1. Place the tri-tip in the crock pot (or in a Dutch oven if not using a crock pot).

  2. Cover roast with the seasoning (cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, ground ginger, and cayenne) diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chillies, onion, and garlic.

  3. Cover and turn heat to Low on crock pot and cook for 8-9 hours, or until beef is tender and breaks away with fork. (If using oven, place into oven for 2-3 hours at 375 degrees).
  4. Remove from crock pot and place tri-tip on cutting board. Discard the smashed garlic. Leave remaining juices, tomatoes, chillies and onion in pot.
  5. 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 juices from the pot. Stir to combine.
  6. Heat a flat skillet or griddle over medium high heat. Add a cassava flour tortilla to the pan and let the tortilla heat until it develops little bubbles. Remove from the heat (without burning your fingers!). Place desired amount of shredded tri-tip onto tortilla, followed by desired toppings (listed above in ingredients list).

Nutrition Facts
Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos)
Calories 458 Calories from Fat 177
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.7g30%
Saturated Fat 6.9g35%
Cholesterol 128.5mg43%
Sodium 677.9mg28%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 5.5g22%
Sugar 5.3g6%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 30.5mg37%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

21 thoughts on “Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos | Perfect Easy Weeknight Dinner!

    1. I’ve be been making this recipe for years and it’s always amazing. When tri tip is on sale it’s crockpot tacos for me!

  1. My crockpot seems to cook things fast even on the lowest setting. I’m currently cooking this right now and after 3 hrs gave it a peek to make sure it was cooking okay. It is brow in color and appears to be tough when I put a fork to it after just a few hours. Will this become more tender as it cooks or is it that it might be overcooked at this point?

  2. This sounds really good. I don’t have hamburger meat, I only have tri tip and the ingredients above. How’s that for Fate? Well, I don’t have the tomatoes or the green chilies in separate cans but in one beautiful can of Rotel’s. I will be back tomorrow, if I remember to let you know how it came out. I’m sure it will be better than tonight’s dinner of randomness in a pan. LOL.

    Thank you for this recipe!!

  3. Made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic! The meat was so tender and flavorful. I was wondering if you have any ideas for leftovers. Since there are only two of us, I have quite a bit leftover (not complaining about that!!) I plan to freeze some for tacos again and maybe use some in beef enchiladas. Any other suggestions?

    By the way, I made the Easy Orange Chicken last night. Wow- super yummy! I’ve also made the Banana Bread about once a week for the last month. Another winner and so easy to put together.

    Thanks for all the amazing recipes; you are making my life easier and my husband very happy 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Lacey,
    I was wondering if I could substitute beef stew chunks for the tri tip?? It’s what I have on hand and thought my husband would really like this instead of another batch of stew.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!

  8. 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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