Spicy Tri-Tip Chili

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Award winning recipe from Backwoods BBQ in Corona, Ca as per the newspaper clipping I saw. Their chili is spicy and addictive!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Smoke or barbecue tri tips until medium to medium-rare. Chill tri tips until firm. Trim fat from meat and dice into ½-inch cubes. Put tomato sauce, pinto and black beans into pot. Add onion and cilantro. Add jalapeños and other seasonings. Mix thoroughly and add diced tri tip. Cover and simmer over low heat, stirring often, for about an hour. You also can pour chili into deep baking pan or disposable foil pans, cover with foil and heat slowly in 250- to 300-degree oven for 2 hours or until thickened. Makes 3 quarts. Cooking notes:.
  2. All tablespoons should be heaping, not level.
  3. The heating and thickening is simple and forgiving as long as you do not burn it.
  4. Instead of cooking the chili on the stovetop or in the oven, you can also put the chili back on your barbecue and simmer it there.


Most Helpful

This recipe was a great base for my chili. A made a few modifications....<br/><br/>1. I smoked the tri-tip with hickory. The smokey flavor was outstanding.<br/>2. I replaced 1.5 cups of tomato sauce with a bottle of porter<br/>3. I replaced the diced jarred jalapenos with 8 fresh chilis, 1 cherry pepper, and 1 mild green chili, with seeds, chopped<br/>4. I replaced the granulated garlic with 3 cloves of fresh pressed garlic<br/>5. I skipped the cumin completely<br/><br/>My chili came out amazing. I even won a competition!

Hutchinson Tavern November 07, 2013

My Husband and I love this recipe. One thing that I added differently is instead of chili powder I put cayenne pepper with reduce amount of course. I first add an 1/8 of a cup and then add more if I want it spicier. Now for those who don't like a spicy chili do not add the cayennne pepper. I only recommend this for people who could really handle the heat. Thank for posting this delicious recipe.

cookformyloves86 October 29, 2008

This was a real dissappointment. It was very dry and had a very heavy chili powder taste which we don't care for. DH asked for some hot sauce to spice it up a little and change the taste.

Virginia 123 September 22, 2008

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