Award-Winning Salsas Inspire New Menu at Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen

Traditional Mexican favorites with  boldly-flavored tomato-based salsas are a staple of Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen menu; but salsas so fruity and sweet they are as decadent as dessert are a new addition to the restaurant’s offering.  The local family-owned restaurant has announced its new Summer Salsa Menu featuring the winning salsas from its annual Macayo’s Salsa Challenge.

Hundreds of pounds of fresh fruits and veggies were chopped, roasted and blended as Macayo’s prepared this year’s Summer Salsa Challenge submissions in order to find the salsas featured in this year’s Summer Salsa menu.

  • The top three picks, along with Macayo’s specialty Salsa Brava, will be featured in a Salsa Sampler ($1.49) of which a portion of all sales will be donated to the Arizona Hemophilia Association.

“With this menu we are reaching beyond salsa as a dip for chips and embracing current culinary trends that expand beyond tomatoes,” said Sharisse Johnson, Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen’s CEO and daughter of founders Woody and Victoria Johnson. “Our customers are continually sharing how they use our salsas on everything from salads to fish to lighten up dishes or add some kick so we were inspired by their ideas as chose this year’s featured salsas.”

Jennifer ‘s  “Roasted Tomatillo and Grilled Agave Pineapple” salsa will be served with the new Pineapple Jicama Salad ($8.99) part of the “Stay Slim” portion of the menu. Other new menu items under 500 calories include:

  • Sweet & Sassy Spinach Salad ($8.99) featuring Darlene’s “Sweet and Sassy” strawberry and ginger salsa
  • Lobster Seafood Tacos ($10.99)
  • Tacos al Pastor ($9.99)

Well-known for its margaritas, Macayo’s is featuring two low-calorie drinks as part of its new menu including:

  • Hibiscus Skinny Margarita ($9.79) – a margarita that can be enjoyed as much for its flavor as for the flower’s reputation as a great source of antioxidants.

“As a busy mom and professional trying my best to keep things healthy around the kitchen, I find myself bypassing heavy sauces and dressings and turning to salsa to pair with many dishes,” said Jennifer LaFlesch, salsa enthusiast and finalist of Macayo’s Summer Salsa Challenge. “I have always been a fan of Macayo’s and think their salsas are great so I am thrilled and honored that my salsa will be featured in their menu.”

Macayo’s Summer Salsa Menu will be available from June 19th through July 31st at all Arizona locations. For more information and to view the full menu visit

Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen began in 1946 when Woody and Victoria Johnson opened their first restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona. Still family owned and locally-operated, today Macayo’s has over 1,100 employees and 17 restaurants, including three in Las Vegas. With a focus on community involvement and fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine, Macayo’s has continued to serve homemade recipes and quality ingredients in a traditional family environment. To learn more or locate a Macayo’s near you, visit