Sous Vide Tri Tip Chili

sous vide tri tip chili with sour cream and cheese

Sous Vide Tri Tip Chili

Sous vide tri tip chili is the ultimate dish to get you through the harsh winter. We worked hard on this recipe to create a quick, easy and delicious chili recipe. By adding sous vide tri tip to the chili, it creates an even more brilliant recipe you will dream about. Confession time, we ate this for 4 straight days it was so good. Give this recipe a try and you won’t regret it.

Time and Temperature

Through loads of experimentation, we’ve found that cooking the tri tip at 131F for 3 hours is an incredible combo. Leaving the tri tip in for 3 hours breaks down the connective tissue (collagen), which results in an extremely tender roast. Also, cooking them at a temperature of 131F is the sweet spot for that perfect edge to edge rosy color. Just make sure you have a reliable sous vide that accurately regulates the temperature of the bath or your results may vary (check out the Anova or Joule). For other time and temperature options, check out our cooking guide here.

Carving the Tri Tip

Slicing tri tip can be a bit tricky since the grain can change direction on the roast. So make sure to take a look at the raw meat and determine which direction the strands of muscle fiber are running on each section of the beef.  After the trip tip is pulled from the sous vide bath, you want to cut the roast in two separate pieces where the grain changes direction. At this point, make sure your knife is real sharp so you can effortlessly carve this heavenly piece of meat. I recommend the E5 electric knife sharpener for the job. Then slice each piece separately against the grain.

Special Equipment

Although you only need a sous vide machine for this recipe, it helps to know you are equipped with the best kitchen tools possible. Below are equipment we feel will give this recipe an extra boost. You can also check out our full list of recommended gear here.

Cast Iron Skillet – If you are looking to take your searing game to the next level, we recommend investing in a cast iron skillet. By using a cast iron in this recipe, you’ll achieve a deep sear on the tri tip. Cast irons are also extremely handy for searing just about any and all sous vide meat. Lodge offers the best quality and price, which is why it is our favorite cast iron brand.

sous vide tri tip chili with sour cream and cheese
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Sous Vide Tri Tip Chili

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Hands-On Cook Time 30 minutes
Sous Vide Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 2-3 lb Tri tip roast
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


Sous Vide Tri Tip

  1. Set sous vide machine to 55C/131F.

  2. Salt the tri tip to taste. Put the tri tip in a freezer bag, and remove the air through a vacuum sealer or the displacement method. Drop tri tip in the bath for 3 hours.

  3. Remove bag from bath. Take tri tip out of the bag, pat dry and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat pan on high and add oil. Sear for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.

  4. Slice tri tip into bite size pieces and set aside.

Preparing the Chili

  1. Heat a large pot on medium, add olive oil. Once the oil has been heated, add the diced onion. Cook for 10 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. 

  2. Add the chili powder, cumin, sugar, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir until onions are evenly coated.

  3. Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), drained beans, and tomato sauce. Stir well.

  4. Bring the chili to a low boil. Then, reduce the heat to low and let the chili gently simmer (uncovered), for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Remove the pot from the heat. Let the chili rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Add sous vide tri tip to the pot. Serve up with cheddar cheese and sour cream and enjoy!

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    December 9, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Loving this chili recipe! Flavors are spot on and the tri tip makes the dish.

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    July 25, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I am waiting to try this recipe. One question: why isn’t it necessary to brown the meat either before or after the sous vide cook?

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      Jason Veselak
      July 25, 2019 at 11:50 am

      Hey Todd, I’m excited for you to try the recipe! You will definitely want to sear the tri tip prior to putting it in the chili. If you look at the “sous vide tri tip” section of the recipe, step 3 includes the part where you will brown the meat. Hope this helps and enjoy!

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    October 5, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    you mention cumin in the directions, but I don’t see it in the ingredients list. How much cumin should I use? Thank you!

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      Jason Veselak
      October 7, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Hi there, wow so sorry I left the cumin measurement off the recipe. It is 2 Tbsp of cumin. I have updated the recipe accordingly as well.

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