Tri-Tip Tailgater Chili


30 min


2 hrs






  • 2-3 lbs. tri-tip
  • 1 lb. bacon, chopped into 1/4" pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 small jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 28oz. can of chili beans, drained
  • 2 28oz. can of diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 6oz. can of tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp Kinder's Mild BBQ Rub
  • 1/2 cup sour cream for toppings
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 bag corn chips
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1 cup Kinder's Sweet Sriracha BBQ Sauce or Kinder's Spicy Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce


  1. Coat tri-tip evenly with Kinder's Mild BBQ Rub. Set aside for at least 20-45 minutes to bring meat to room temperature. 
  2. Preheat grill for high heat.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until starting to crisp. Remove grease and return bacon back to pot. 
  4. Add onion, jalapenos, celery and bell peppers, cook for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent and tender. 
  5. Add beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, beer, & BBQ Sauce. Stir to combine.
  6. Cover and simmer. 
  7. Meanwhile, place tri-tip directly above the flame for 5-10 minutes on each side to sear the meat.
  8. Move tri-tip to indirect heat and and cook an additional 20-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 130°F. 
  9. Let tri-tip rest for 10 minutes before slicing into 1/2" cubes. 
  10. Place cubed tri-tip into chili and simmer an additional 1 hour. 
  11. Serve with choice of toppings. Enjoy!


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