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Grilled Tri-Tip with Mexican Dry Rub

Grilled Tri-Tip Steak recipe with Mexican Dry Rub is simply perfection! The beef is sliced thin to enhance each unbelievably flavorful bite. It's an easy summer grilling recipe you'll make again and again!
Prep Time1 hr 7 mins
Cook Time30 mins
10 mins
Total Time1 hr 47 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 313kcal


For the Dry Rub:

For the Beef:

  • 2 1/2 - 3 lbs tri-tip


  • Mix all the dry rubs ingredients together.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut slits throughout the tri-tip. Front and back.
  • Pour the rub all over the tri-tip.
  • Spread it evenly on the front and back of the meat.
  • Let sit 1 hour. Overnight is best.
  • Heat the grill to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the tri-tip on the grill for 15 minutes.
  • Turn and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  • If you like your beef more cooked, move to indirect heat until you reach desired doneness.
  • Remove from the grill and cover with foil paper.
  • Let rest before slicing.
  • Slice as thin as possible and serve.


VERY IMPORTANT! Let the meat rest for half the time that it cooked for.
Oven method: Heat it to 400 degrees F oven. Roast for 25-30 minutes. Adjust for 10-15 minutes per pound, depending on how rare/ done you like it.


Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1267mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 1168IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 4mg