Make Back-to-School Meals a Breeze with Steakhouse Classic Tri-Tip

It’s hard to believe we’re in the final stretch of summer. Soon we’ll be swapping out our grills for our slow cookers – and juicy grilling cuts for comforting beef pot roast. 

With August already underway, the kids will soon be heading back to school, which means life’s about to get a lot busier. But even then, we still have a couple of months of grilling season left to enjoy. That said, what better way to get through busy weeknights and savor the rest of the season than with no-fuss tri-tip meals? 

Enter our Steakhouse Classic Tri-Tip: a delicious, easy-to-prepare, versatile cut to use throughout the week. From tacos to sandwiches to pastas, Tri-Tip is the perfect protein-packed addition to any meal. 

These tasty recipes will make life easier (and more delicious) as you get back into the swing of things.


Tri-Tip Tacos

It’s hard to go wrong with tacos – everyone can customize them how they like, and they’re really easy to throw together for a busy school night. 

For the perfect taco night, prepare your Morton’s of Omaha Steakhouse Classic Tri-Tip per the directions on the package. Slice it against the grain. Grab some tortillas and your favorite toppings, like cilantro, tomatoes, onions, sour cream or queso fresco. 

Pile the meat into the tortillas, and set the toppings around the table family-style for your family to make their own just the way they like it. It’s a win-win – the kids are happy, and it’s an easy meal.

Tri-Tip Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Whoever first had the idea to combine creamy cheese sauce with pasta was a culinary genius. Those of us with kids are forever indebted to them for this picky eater’s delight.

Adding tri-tip to any mac ‘n’ cheese recipe is sure to make it a winner. Not only do you plus-up the protein – you get that delicious beefy flavor in every bite.

For this particular meal idea, we recommend preparing your tri-tip on the smoker. The smoky flavor paired with rich and creamy cheese sauce knocks it out of the park. Of course, you can prepare your tri-tip in the oven or on the grill and it’ll still be delicious. 

Use your own favorite mac ‘n’ cheese recipe, or try your hand at this Simple Macaroni and Cheese. 

Keep in mind, there is absolutely no shame in using the boxed stuff when you’re in a pinch. You’d be surprised how well tri-tip will take it to the next level.

BBQ Tri-Tip Sliders

You need only three ingredients and an oven to prepare these delicious BBQ Tri-Tip Sliders. Because sometimes simple and classic is just the way to go. This meal idea is especially great for using up leftovers.

To prepare BBQ Tri-Tip Sliders, slice the slider buns in half with a serrated knife so you basically have a sheet of top buns and a sheet of bottom buns. Don’t pull the rolls apart yet – you’ll do that when you’re ready to serve the sliders. 

Chop up your cooked tri-tip and combine with your favorite BBQ sauce, then pile it in an even layer over the bottom halves of your slider buns. Place the sheet of top buns over the mixture to make what resembles one big sandwich. Place the sliders on a baking sheet and heat them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350ºF. 

If you want to spruce up your sliders, sprinkle some cheddar over the top of the meat mixture or add some onion strings for extra crunch and flavor. Serve with some coleslaw and corn on the cob and you’ll have an impressive, classic BBQ meal with hardly any effort.

Tri-Tip Cheesesteaks

Everyone loves a protein-packed sandwich. But these are no ordinary sandwiches. It’s a Midwest take on a Philly cheesesteak that’ll please parents and kids alike.

To make Tri-Tip Cheesesteaks, about 10 minutes before removing your tri-tip from the grill, oven or smoker, sauté some bell peppers and onions in a pan with salt, pepper and a bit of olive oil (or just place them on the grill with your tri-tip for less cleanup). 

Once the tri-tip is done cooking and you’ve given it 10 minutes to rest, slice it against the grain and pile it on top of a toasted hoagie bun. Top each bottom half of the sandwiches with provolone cheese, then pop them back on the grill for about five minutes to get the cheese nice and melty. Top with peppers and onions, or serve them plain for your picky eaters.

And that’s it! You’re all set for a little less stress – and a lot more flavor – as you ease into the business of back-to-school.  

The very best part about these back-to-school meals? They’re all perfect for leftovers or even meal prep. Simply cook up your meat on a Sunday and enjoy it in various dishes throughout the week. And if you want to switch it up, you can also make all of these meals with our Salt & Pepper Seasoned Brisket. Visit our store finder to see where you can find our products in your area.