Tri-Tip Tacos


Total Time:

1 hour 30 minutes



Summer is coming and so are the tacos, outdoor dinner parties and all the grilling!! So to kick it off… Tri-Tip Tacos for everyone!

Back in the days of being a private chef I would do a LOT of parties! Parties for 8, parties for 20, parties for 80. You name it. One of my private chef clients loved to entertain, and before I came into the picture she would usually just grab a few store bought tri-tips for events. She would put them out with salsa and guacamole and tortillas and call it a day. I, of course, took it to the next level, but also still paid tribute to the spirit of her ways.

Tri Tip Tacos from (@whatsgabycookin)

After all, tri-tip is classic California dish. It’s a popular cut here that’s most often used for our California style of barbecue. It’s less low and slow and more quick and dirty on the grill. It totally works for this cut because it’s super tender and doesn’t need a lot of extra love to get it where you want it to go, just a simple rub and fire. Traditionally, tri-tip is barbecued over cherry oak chips and briquettes, but a gas grill will do the trick – easier in my opinion. Then it’s sliced or diced and served alongside salsa and guacamole so you can DIY your own Tri-Tip Tacos.  

Tri-Tip Tacos

Prep Time 1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine Mexican, Tex Mex, Southwestern
Servings 4 people


  • 1 whole tri tip about 2 pounds
  • 4 tablespoons All Things Meat


  • Guacamole
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Small Charred Flour Tortillas
  • Shredded cheese or cotija cheese
  • pickled jalapenos
  • Limes


  • Trim silver skin off the trip tip but leave some of the fat.
  • Massage the meat with the rub until fully covered and let rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Prepare a charcoal grill or gas grill to high. Place tri-tip on grill and sear one side well, 6 to 7 minutes making sure it doesn’t burn. Rotate the tri-tip and sear other side for about the same time. Reduce heat to medium-high or move the meat to a part of the grill that’s not over direct flames. Turn meat again and cook another 8 to 10 minutes. Flip and cook again for an additional 5-6 minutes. A 2-pound roast will need about 20 to 25 minutes total cooking time. Cook until an instant read thermometer reads 120°F for a rare roast, 130°F for medium-rare and 140°F for medium.
  • Remove from the grill, let rest on a cutting board 10 to 20 minutes for the juice to redistribute.
  • To serve, slice against the grain. Serve with pico, guacamole, and charred tortillas.

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  1. Rosemary

    This recipe is quick and delicious and good for this time when you are out late shopping for the Holidays.
    Will try it this week. Love that Crock Pot colors. I just made a fleece blancket with those colors.
    Happy Holidays!

    • Rosemary

      I love reading your recipies and remember when you worked here in my office and your Dad’s signature stamped disappared. I loved your wedding pictures and the Schiff’s also enjoyed seeing them.

      Keep them coming!

  2. Patricia @ ButterYum

    sounds great. And thanks for the crock pot link. I didn’t know they could be customized like that.

  3. Brooke

    You crack me up: “tri tip is totes amazing in a crock pot.” Love the recipe and the cool crock pot!

  4. HeatherChristo

    That crock pot is out of control funny Gaby!! Where did you even get that!? Pete would love these taco’s. I am going to have to make this recipe asap.

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  6. Ellen

    OMG made this tonight and was absolutely wonderful so much flavor can’t wait to make again. Thanks for sharing and oh yeah I pinned it 🙂

    • Gaby

      Thanks for the feedback Ellen! So glad you liked it! And thanks for the pin!!

  7. Chantel

    Did you use trimmed or untrimmed tri-tip? I have untrimmed. Should I trim it?

    • Gaby

      I trim off some of the fat! But I keep a bit on for flavor!!

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  9. Ashley

    I went to the website and I don’t see what to click on to create my own crock pot design?

  10. Ashley

    I’ve literally looked through them all and I don’t see the crockpot you have and create a design for one like your size?

  11. Rasheeda Best

    Please please tell me how I can create that similar design for a crockpot. I need it for my business and have been on the site but can’t find out how to customize it. Please email me [email protected] thank you so very much!

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