Salsa & Tequila – The perfect marriage for lots of fun.

Salsa & Tequila Challenge
Angie’s Gourmet To Go Restaurant

  • Angie’s Salsa: Fiercely Magnificent Mango
  • Habanero Salsa (Hot)

Cactus Slap Salsa

  • Smoked Peach Salsa (Alternative)
  • Thai Pineapple Salsa (Alternative)

Casino Del Sol Resort

  • Centeōtl: Mexical Vago Elote, Ancho Reyes (Sweet Tequila Cocktail)
  • Sangrita: (Savory Tequila Cocktail)
  • Roasted Corn Salsa (Mild)
  • Featured Menu Item: Traditional Pico De Gallo Fruit Salad

Chef Chic

  • Smokin’ Red Salsa (Hot)
  • Roasted Salsa Verde (Traditional)

Click Café

  • Armando Flavor City Salsa (Mild)
  • Salsa Sol (Alternative)

Crossroads Restaurant

  • La India Salsa (Traditional) Roasted Caribe yellow hot peppers
  • De La Abuela (Hot) Roasted Chile de arbol
  • Featured Menu Item: Carne Asada tacos and fried beans

Dante’s Fire

  • Prickly Pear Margarita (Sweet Tequila Cocktail)
  • Spicy Pineapple Margarita (Savory Tequila Cocktail)
  • Pablo Valencia Desert Harvest Salsa (Alternative)
  • Fantasna Feliz Salsa (Hot)

Driftwood Pub & Kitchen

  • Spherical Tequila Bloody Mary (Savory Tequila Cocktail)
  • Sonoran Water (Sweet Tequila Cocktail) Lime Juice, soda water & Prickly-Pear
  • Salsa Roja
  • Featured Menu Item: Carnitas (pork) on corn tortillas topped w/ cabbage, red onions & Cilantro

El Cisne Cocina de Mexico

  • Chapala Street Car (Sweet Tequila Cocktail)
  • Cisne Salsa de la Casa (Traditional)
  • Picoso Salsa (Hot) Roasted tomatillo jalapeno & Mexican spices
  • Featured Menu Item: Mole Delights

Elvira’s  Restaurant

  • Kiss Me Through the Foam (Sweet Tequila Cocktail) Watermelon and Kisses
  • Elvira’s Tears Salsa (Hot)
  • Featured Menu Item: Chile Toreado

El Charro



Fini’s Landing 

  • Casas Espinas (Sweet Tequila Cocktail)
  • Hefe Melones Salsa (Alternative) Cantaloupe & Toasted chile de arbol

GRINGO Grill + Cantina

  • Alternative Salsa
  • Traditional Salsa

Harvest Restaurant

Highwire Lounge

  • HW Pearl Shot (Savory Tequila Cocktail) Sphereified Tequila in a savory base
  • Vaporized Margarita (Sweet Tequila Cocktail) Delicious Tequila margarita served in vapor form

Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market

  • House Salsa (Traditional)

JW Marriott Starr Pass

  • Tequila Mojito (Savory Tequila Cocktail)
  • Sweet Tequila (Sweet Tequila Cocktail)
  • Mojito Pico De Gallo Salsa (Alternative) Fresh jicama, oranges & Mint
  • Salsa Fresca (Traditional ) Tomatillo based
  • Featured Menu Item: Arrachera Carpaccio

Le Buzz Café

  • Chile Manzano & Pineapple Salsa (Hot)
  • Traditional chunky tomato salsa (Traditional)


Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen

  • Fire-Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (Hot)
  • Pepe’s Picante Salsa (Alternative)
  • Featured Menu Item: Red Corn Chicken Taquitos

Melting Pot

  • Mole Infused Margarita (Savory Tequila Cocktail)
  • Deconstructed Mole Salsa (Alternative)

Pasco Kitchen & Reds Smokehouse

  • The Father Kino (Tequila Cocktail)
  • Smoked & Infused (Tequila only tasting)
  • Scotch Bonito & Ginger Salsa (Hot)
  • Reds House Mix Hot Sauce Salsa (Alternative)

Featured Menu Items: Brined & Smoked Hogs


[POPPED} Artisan Popcorn

  • Featured Menu Item: Varieties of Artisan Popcorn

Queen Ceviche

  • “Dusty’s” Margarita (Sweet Tequila Cocktail)

Reforma Cocina Y Cantina

  • Habanero Salsa (Hot)
  • Red Chile Tomatillo Salsa (Alternative)

Rigo’s Restaurant 

  • Green Passion (Savory Tequila Cocktail) Jalapeno & Cucumber Margarita
  • Infused Cucumber Mojito (Sweet Tequila Cocktail)
  • Salsa de Molcagete Salsa (Traditional)
  • Tomatillo Salsa (Hot)

Saffron Indian Bistro

  • Featured Menu Item: Chicken tikka masala and vegetable biryani

Table of Elementz

  • Sweet and Spicy BBQ Cocktail (Sweet Tequila Cocktail)
  • Smokey Sweet Tamarind Salsa (Alternative)
  • Prickly Pear, Thai Chile & Grilled Pineapple Salsa (Alternative)
  •  Featured Menu Item: Asian Cucumber Salad

Taste Like Burning Salsa Company

  • HellFire & Brimstone Resurrected (Hot)

The Living Room Wine Café & Lounge

  • Living Room Salsa Verde (Mild)
  • Featured Menu Item: Chilaquiles- tostadas layered with green chili chicken, cotija cheese, crème fraiche, and cilantro

The Roasted Chile

New Mexican Hatch Chile & Prickly Pear             Margarita (Savory Tequila Cocktail)

Westin La Paloma

WLP Margarita (Sweet Tequila Cocktail)

Salsa de Guajillo Salsa (Hot)
Featured Menu Item: Aguachile Summer Roll


Beer & Tequila Sampling

Barrio Brewing Co.

Breakthru Beverage Group

Corona Light

Corazon Azul Spirits
Day of the Dead Beer
Hensley Beverage Company

Julio Cesar Chavez Tequila

Modelo Especial

Negra Modelo
Roger Clynes Mexican Moonshine
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Three Wells Distilling Company


Non-Alcoholic Libations
Fermented Tea Company

Sonoran Sno-Cones

SAACA’s  6th Annual Salsa & Tequila Challenge is happening this Saturday. Above you’ll find the participants and their entries. What an assortment!

SAACA – Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance –has numerous events that promote Tucson’s unique creative people and places.

They consider food to be creative force and this event is a great way to share and learn about all the great food and drink in Tucson.

Funds raised will benefit the Community Food Bank.

I’ll be a judge (I love judging this event) along with a handful of other local luminaries.

Tickets are selling like hotcakes.

Get them here.