8 Ways To Use Your Leftover Tri Tip Beef Cut, And Why You Should Be Using It In The First Place

leftover tri tip beef

The tri tip is a cut of beef that is usually smaller than the average roast.

It’s considered a premium cut of meat because it has very little waste, but it can be tough if you don’t know how to cook it correctly.

If you have leftover tri tip after dinner one night, there are many different ways to use it up! Here are several suggestions on what to do with your leftover tri tip beef cut:

How to store leftover tri tip

If you’re wondering how to store leftover tri tip beef, it can be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

The best way to keep it fresh is by freezing it, which will enable you to use it at a later date!

When thawing frozen tri tip beef, remove the meat from its container or bag and place it on a plate or cutting board.

Cover with aluminum foil or another heatproof covering that allows for air circulation.

Leave out at room temperature until thawed (this can take from 1 hour to 2 days depending on how long your cut has been refrigerated).

Once the meat has thawed fully, cook as desired without allowing additional time for its internal temperature rise above 40°F (4°C) prior to serving or cooking again; otherwise bacteria will grow inside of your cut and spoil everything!

If you’re looking to cook tri tip beef, you can do so in a variety of ways.

One popular way is to roast it slowly over indirect heat on the grill or in an oven; this allows for the meat to cook evenly and prevents it from drying out before its time!

8 ideas for leftover tri tip beef cut

Slice and add to salads

Leftover tri tip beef roast is great for adding to salads.

The meat is so tender and flavorful that it only needs a quick toss with some salad greens and oil-based dressing (or homemade vinaigrette) to complete the meal.

It also makes an excellent sandwich or burger topping, especially if you’re looking for something different than plain ground beef or chicken breast.

Tri tip beef roast can be sliced into thin strips, then added to tacos or enchiladas along with your favorite toppings like cheese, avocado, salsa, guacamole…the possibilities are endless!

Tri tip beef roast is a great addition to any meal, because it’s so versatile.

It can be used as a main course or in any recipe that calls for beef.

The meat itself has a mild flavor, which makes it easy to pair with other ingredients like vegetables and herbs.

The tri tip beef roast is also very lean, so it’s a great option for people trying to cut back on their fat and calorie intake.

It only takes about 1/2 hour in the oven (or less if you’re using a crock pot) to cook up this delicious cut of meat.

If you’ve never tried tri tip beef roast before, now is the perfect time to give it a shot!

Roast or grill and top with a hollandaise sauce

The most common way to cook tri tip beef is by roasting or grilling it.

If you’re going the roasted route, make sure you use a cast iron pan to get the right browning and flavor.

Heat your oven to 350°F (177°C), then place your tri tip in the pan and roast for 20 minutes.

Then flip your meat over and roast for an additional 10 minutes on that side until done.

Once done, let your tri tip rest before cutting into it with a sharp knife so all of its juices stay inside!

If you’re going to grill your tri tip, make sure you use high heat so it doesn’t take too long.

If you want to make a delicious BBQ sauce, try mixing some ketchup with your favorite spices and pouring it over the meat just before grilling.

Simmer in a slow cooker and serve on sandwiches

You can also simmer the tri tip in a slow cooker, on the stovetop or in an oven.

This will yield tender and juicy meat that you can serve with vegetables and potatoes.

The possibilities are endless!

  • Simmer it with carrots, celery and potatoes to make a stew.
  • Use it as part of a soup recipe that calls for beef broth.
  • You can also use this method to make your own stock from scratch using leftover bones from whatever other cuts of meat you have on hand (like chicken or pork).
  • Stock freezes well, so this is a great option if you’re making large batches for future meals like soups, stews or casseroles.
  • Add some onions and some salt and pepper then cook until browned before adding any other ingredients for hash—just like we did here!

Chop finely, wrap in pastry and make beef Wellington

  • Roll the pastry out to make a circle large enough to cover the tri tip, then place it over the top of the meat so that it covers all sides.
  • Spread some onion, garlic and herbs over the surface of this doughy layer, being sure not to get any on your actual tri tip beef cut itself! You can use fresh or dried veggies or herbs here—whatever you have on hand will be fine!
  • Use a sharp knife to score all around your pan so that when you invert it onto a plate at step 5 below, you will be able to remove any excess pastry from around your tri tip beef cut perfectly intact for serving later at dinner with friends or family members who love eating delicious foods like these ones too 🙂
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes (or until golden-brown), then let rest 10 minutes before slicing into pieces with an electric knife blade attachment on either side of its original shape (which should now look more like individual slices of meat rather than one big piece).
  • Enjoy!

Dry-Age it in your refrigerator

If you have leftover tri tip beef, dry-age it in your refrigerator! Put the meat in a resealable plastic bag and store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Leave the meat out of its packaging for about 3 days before cooking.

It will get very dry and hard during this time, which makes it easier to slice thinly or julienne into strips.

When you are ready to cook your beef, remove from fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Preheat an oven to 350°F (175°C).

Heat an oiled skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking; swirl around the pan once or twice if needed before adding the meat slices so they don’t stick together while cooking.

Cook on both sides until well browned and cooked through; about 5 minutes per side depending on thickness of cutlets or steaks

Shred and use as taco meat

One of the best ways to use up leftover tri-tip is to shred it, add some spices and then turn it into tacos.

You can serve this dish with a cilantro lime sauce or a Mexican rice and sour cream sauce.

If you want something a little more creative, try making quesadillas or burritos with your leftovers.

Shred the tri-tip and add it to a tortilla with cheese, sautéed onions and peppers, tomatoes and black olives.

You can also add salsa or sour cream to make it even more delicious.

You can also use the leftover tri-tip to make a sandwich.

Slice the meat thin and add it to a roll along with cheese, sautéed onions and peppers, tomatoes and black olives.

You can also add salsa or sour cream to make it even more delicious.

Use it for stew meat; cook in the crockpot for moist tenderness

The next best thing to do with leftover tri tip beef is to make stew.

Stew is one of my favorite dishes, and this beef is perfect for it.

You can use the same method as you did to cook the original roast; just cut it into chunks and add it to your crockpot instead of a baking dish.

Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or on high heat for 4-6 hours, then shred the meat using two forks so that each piece has some shreds of meat attached to it (this makes for more flavorful bites).

Once your shredded tri tip beef is done cooking, add any vegetables and spices you like; then cover the pot again and let all those flavors blend together in there! I like adding potatoes because they hold up well when cooked in a slow cooker without becoming too mushy or falling apart; I also like adding carrots because when they’re combined with potatoes they give off a really nice flavor (plus carrots are packed full of nutrients!).

Add whatever else strikes your fancy—here’s an idea:

Cook it fat side down on a new cast-iron pan to save pan juices for later

A great way to cook your tri-tip is on a new cast-iron pan (or even in a dutch oven), fat side down.

This will allow the juices from cooking to drip down into the pan and be saved for later use.

This method of cooking also helps lock in the flavor and juice of your meat, while at the same time adding some extra seasoning to your pan if you use it afterwards.

Finally, you can finish by broiling your tri-tip for a few minutes on each side.

This will give it a nice crispy exterior, which is great for those who like their meat well done.


As you can see, there are many ways to use leftover tri tip beef.

It’s important to remember that every recipe has its own unique flavor profile, so make sure to season your food accordingly before serving.

For example, if you’re making a hollandaise sauce with your leftover tri tip beef then add some lemon juice or vinegar into the mix for extra tanginess!

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