Slow cooker Tri-Tip roast is a delicious fall-apart beef dinner that is easy to prepare with only three ingredients! All that you need to do to make this tri-tip roast slow cooker recipe is place the ingredients into your slow cooker, set it to low, and let it cook all day. This is a delicious meal that the whole family will love.
Serve this delicious beef slow cooker recipe with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables such as roasted Brussels sprouts or in a sandwich with a spinach salad.
Why This Recipe Works
- It's a simple recipe that's also versatile with a ton of flavor!
- It takes just a couple of minutes of prep time to make this slow cooker tri-tip roast.
Tri-Tip Roast Slow Cooker Ingredient List
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This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe, scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and instructions.
- Tri-Tip Roast
- All purpose yellow onion
- Red wine
- Sea salt and pepper (optional to flavor the meat)
- Flour (optional to thicken the sauce)
Equipment Needed to Make this Recipe
How to Make Slow Cooker Tri-Tip Roast
Prepare the ingredients: Chop the onion, measure the wine, season the meat with a little bit of salt and pepper.
Place the tri-tip roast into the crockpot.
Arrange the chopped onions on top of and around the meat.
Add th wine and cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 6 hours.
Once the tri-tip is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and shred it with two forks.
The sauce in this recipe will be thin, if you prefer a thicker sauce, make a slurry of flour and water to thicken it. Mix 1 tablespoon of flour with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the flour-water mixture until the sauce reaches a consistency that you like (you may not need to use all of the flour and water mixture).
Total Estimated Time to Make this Recipe: 6 hours 15 minutes to 6 hours 30 minutes.
Ingredient Notes & Substitutions
What is a Tri Tip Roast?
A tri-tip roast is also called a bottom sirloin roast and is a flavorful cut of beef taken from the bottom of the beef sirloin and is great for a variety of cooking methods. Tri-tip roasts are not typically high in fat but have just enough to add flavor. They taste great when they are grilled, roasted, or slow-cooked.
I like tri-tip roasts because they are lower in fat than most cuts of beef that you would typically slow cook, yet you can still turn it into shredded beef. Tri-tip steak or roast is easier to find on the west coast, but you can get them on the east coast too. Check with your local grocery store or butcher. They are also available from time to time from Butcherbox.
Substitutes for Tri Tip Roast
If you can't find a tri-tip roast, you can still make this recipe. Here are a few suggestions for alternatives to tri-tip: sirloin tip roast, chuck roast, beef brisket, or bottom round roast.
The Best Red Wine to Use for Slow Cooking
The best red wine to use in cooking is a full-bodied wine such as cabernet sauvignon. It doesn't have to be overly expensive, but choose one that is also acceptable to drink.
Substitutes For Red Wine
Red wine adds a wonderful flavor to this recipe but can be easily substituted one for one with beef broth, beef stock, chicken broth or chicken stock.
How To Store and Reheat Leftovers
This is the kind of recipe that you are going to want to make extra of because it definitely tastes better the next day.
Store leftover slow cooker tri-tip roast in an airtight container for three to four days in the refrigerator.
Reheat leftover slow-cooked tri-tip on top of the stove in a covered skillet or in the oven.
This is such a versatile dish, here are some suggestions for how to serve slow-cooked tri-tip these are also good ideas for using leftovers too!
- Burrito bowls, beef tacos, enchilidas or quesadillas with a sprinkle of chili poweror diced jalapeno peppers or spicy salsa.
- Lettuce wraps or on a roll with a little bit of worcestershire sauce or steak sauce and sauteed peppers.
- Stir fry leftover slow cooked tri tip with fresh veggies and a tablespoon of soy sauce.
- Top mashed potatoes or egg noodles with slow cooker tri tip and a dash of Greek yogurt or sour cream.
Side Dish Suggestions
Try these side dish recipes with slow-cooked tri tip roast Air-Fryer Cauliflower , Buffalo Cauliflower, Smashed Roasted Baby Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad or Green Beans with Almonds.
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- 1 ¾ to 2 pound tri tip roast
- 1 small onion chopped
- ¾ cup red wine
- salt and pepper to taste optional
- Chop the onion, measure the wine and season the meat with a little salt and pepper.
- Add the tri-tip roast to the slow cooker.
- Arrange the onions on top of and around the meat.
- Pour the wine over the top of the meat, cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.
- Remove the meat from the slow cooker and use two forks to shred the meat. Add the meat back to the liquid in the crock pot and reduce the heat to warm, and serve.
- If you prefer a thicker sauce, before adding the meat back to the slow cooker, make a slurry of flour and water by mixing 1 tablespoon of flour with 2 to 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the flour-water mixture until the sauce reaches a consistency that you like.
- Burrito bowls, beef tacos, enchiladas or quesadillas with a sprinkle of chili power or diced jalapeno peppers or spicy salsa.
- Lettuce wraps or on a roll with a little bit of Worcestershire sauce or steak sauce
- Stir-fried with fresh veggies and a tablespoon of soy sauce
- Top mashed potatoes or egg noodles with slow cooker tri-tip and a dash of Greek yogurt or sour cream.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used
Wow I love that this is all natural! So often these have things like cream of mushroom soup that I try to avoid! I still have chuck roast from last year's beef quarter so trying soon (the new quarter is ready Sunday)!
I know pressure cookers are all the rage, but I really love my old school slow cooker. So simple yet packed with flavor, can't wait to give it a try!
A delicious Sunday dinner that will make the house smell wonderful while it cooks.