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Champion Chili Recipe with Smoked Tri-Tip

Learn the one technique that is the secret to champion chili + instructions for how to prepare this winning recipe on the grill, smoker, oven or slow cooker.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, chili, smoked, tri-tip
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 497 kcal
Author Christie Vanover


  • 2.5 pound tri-tip
  • 5 tbsp Code 3 Spices 5-0 Rub
  • 5 tbsp Code 3 Spices Backdraft Rub
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 28 ounce can san marzano crushed tomatoes
  • 32 ounces canned kidney beans
  • 32 ounces canned navy beans
  • 1 bay leave
  • 2 dried chiles


  1. Heat grill to 250 degrees with indirect heat (see alternate cooking methods below).
  2. Rub tri-tip with 2 tablespoons 5-0 and 2 tablespoons Backdraft Rub. Smoke to an internal temperature of 130F (about 45 minutes to 1 hour). Rest for 15 minutes.

  3. Place the Dutch oven on the grill over indirect heat, and increase the heat to 350 degrees.

  4. Cube meat. Add it along with 1 tablespoon of each rub to the Dutch oven. Sauté with the grill lid closed for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  5. Add beef stock, tomatoes, beans, bay leaf, chiles and 1 tablespoon more of each rub. Close the grill and simmer for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. (do not put the lid on the pot).
  6. Finish by stirring in 1 tablespoon more of each rub, remove the dried chiles and bay leaf, and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Champion Chili Recipe with Smoked Tri-Tip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 497 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 1124mg49%
Potassium 1512mg43%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 11.5mg14%
Calcium 209mg21%
Iron 8.9mg49%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.