Smoked Tri-Tip Chili

SERVES: 10 people | READY IN: 2 hours | COOKING SURFACE: Woodwind SG with Sidekick & 24 qt. Aluminum Pot & Knife Set

We’re bringing out the big guns for this one! Grab your smoker, Sidekick/Sear Box, and a large cooking pot and you’ll have the chili in a matter of hours. You’ll never go back to ground beef after tasting this. And, if at the end you’re not curled up in a blanket with a bowl of this hearty chili then you’re doing it wrong.


  • 2 chopped green peppers
  • 2 chopped red peppers
  • 2 chopped yellow peppers
  • 2 chopped orange peppers
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 3 lbs. of cooked tri-tip (medium rare)
  • 1.5 tbs. cinnamon
  • 2 tbs. chili powder
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 22 oz. canned tomato sauce
  • 29 oz. canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 can of chili beans
  • 1 cup of brown rice (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Chop peppers, onions, and garlic…set aside.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the onion, and bell peppers. Sauté for about 5 minutes in olive oil.
  • Add the Chili Powder, Garlic, Bay Leaves, Cumin, Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Salt and Pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the beans and heat through.
  • Set your pellet grill to 220 and smoke the tri-tip for 1-1.5 hours.
  • Remove the tri-tip from your pellet grill once it has reached 15 degrees from your target internal temperature.
  • On a Medium to High heat setting on your Sear Box or Sidekick, sear your tri-tip for about  1-2 minute on each side or until your desired internal temperature has been reached.
  • Slice against the grain and add into the chili.
  • Add in pre-cooked brown rice if desired.


  • Serve warm with cornbread, cooked noodles, or in a bread bowl for a hearty carb.


We encourage you to get creative with your recipes! Spice it up or down by adding fresh jalapenos.

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