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instant pot tri tip

Instant Pot Tri Tip (3 Ways!)

This instant pot tri tip is fork tender, full of flavor and super easy to make! Throw all your ingredients in the instant pot, set and wait for delicious shredded tri tip deliciousness!
Course dinner
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Time for instant pot to reach pressure 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 644kcal
Author Aubrey
Cost $24


  • Instant Pot


  • 5 lbs tri tip roast
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 7 oz can diced green chilies
  • 16 oz jar pepperoncini and juice (pre-sliced or whole pepperoncini, if whole, cut off stems)
  • 1 packet ranch salad dressing seasoning mix
  • 1 packet au jus seasoning
  • 1 packet fajita seasoning


  • Cut up tri tip into 2-3 inch cubs (does not need to be exact but smaller size helps cooking)
  • In instant pot, add cut up tri tip roast, tomatoes, green chilies, pepperoncini, ranch salad dressing seasoning mix, au jus seasoning and fajita seasoning.
  • Cook in instant pot on high pressure for 60 minutes. Note: It will take about 15-20 minutes for the instant pot to reach pressure.
  • Quick release pressure when instant pot cooking is done.


Basic Instant Pot Tri Tip: If you would like to make a more traditional instant pot tri tip, simply omit the ranch and fajita seasoning, the diced tomatoes and the green chilies. Use 1 cup water, 2 au jus packets, 3 whole cloves or garlic and one onion slice into thin strips or chopped.
Mississippi Roast Instant Pot Tri Tip: Omit fajita seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chilies. The classic Mississippi roast recipe uses chuck roast (pot roast) and also adds a stick of butter. While the butter adds another dimension of flavor, I don't find that the extra butter is necessary as the fattiness of the meat is more than enough. You can't go wrong either way.
Pressure Cooker Tri Tip: An instant pot is a multi functional kitchen gadget that has a pressure cooker functionality. If you have a standard pressure cooker, bring your pressure cooker to high pressure and cook for the same amount of time as this recipe indicates (60 minutes).


Calories: 644kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 80g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 661mg | Potassium: 1598mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 376IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 7mg