14th Annual Salsa Showdown

May 24, 2025

2pm – 6pm

Our 14th Annual Salsa Showdown will be held next year on Saturday, May 24th, 2025, at Cahaba Brewing Company

Help us choose the winners in the best salsa, best queso, best guac, and best specialty dip categories.


 

$20 in advance, $25 at the event • $75 VIP Pass for sale (learn more below) •Kids 5 and under are free!

 


Past participating restaurants and salsa companies include: 

 

Want to compete? Register HERE


Schedule of Events

Coming Soon!!!!

 

Don’t have the guts to take on the hot pepper challenge? We will be onsite selling the limited edition shirts along with a variety of Sidewalk merch.


Thank you to our 2025Ta Sponsors & Partners:

 

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Educational and Outreach programs for the Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema.


13th Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2024

Jury

Best Salsa
Pablo’s Restaurant

Best Queso
The Current at Cahaba

Best Guacamole
Condado Tacos

Best Specialty Dip
La Paz

Audience

Best Salsa
Tarez Kitchen

Best Guacamole
Condado Tacos

Best Queso
Pablo’s Restaurant

Best Specialty Dip
Tarez Kitchen

Hosted at Cahaba Brewing Co.

12th Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2023

Jury

Best Salsa
La Paz

Best Queso
Margarita Grill Pelham

Best Guacamole
Rojo

Best Specialty Dip
Southern Brothers Pork Skins

Audience

Best Salsa
Rojo

Best Guacamole
Rojo

Best Queso
La Paz

Best Specialty Dip
Southern Brothers Pork Skins

Spire’s Best Heat Award
Margarita Grill Pelham

Hosted at Cahaba Brewing Co.

Presented by Spire & Abogados Centro Legal

11th Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2022

Jury

Best Salsa
Rojo

Best Queso
Rojo

Best Guacamole
The Current at Cahaba

Best Specialty Dip
After Midnight Salsa Co

Audience

Best Salsa
Mexicali Blues Trussville

Best Guacamole
Rojo

Best Queso
La Paz

Best Specialty Dip
After Midnight Salsa Co

Hosted at Cahaba Brewing Co.

Presented by Spire

10th Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2021

Jury

Best Salsa

1st: Taco Mama
2nd: Rojo
3rd: Dos Amigos Salsa Co

Best Queso

1st: La Paz
2nd: Taco Mama
3rd: Rojo

Best Guacamole

1st: Taco Morro Loco
2nd: Spoon + Ladle

Best Specialty Dip

1st: La Paz
2nd: Rojo
3rd: Taco Mama

Audience

Best Salsa
1st: Dos Amigos Salsa Co
2nd:
Groovy’s Salsa
3rd:
Rojo

Best Guacamole
1st: Taco Morro Loco
2nd: Taco Mama

Best Queso
1st: La Paz
2nd: Taco Mama
3rd: Rojo

Best Specialty Dip
1st: Tostadas
2nd: Taco Mama
3rd: Taco Morro Loco

Hosted at Cahaba Brewing Co.

Presented by Spire

9th Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2019

Jury

Best Salsa

1st: La Paz
2nd: Little Donkey (Salsa rojo)
3rd: Little Donkey (Salsa arbol)

Best Queso

1st: Spoon + Ladle
2nd: La Paz
3rd: Rojo

Best Guacamole

1st: El Zun Zun
2nd: Spoon + Ladle
3rd: Taco Mama

Best Specialty Dip

1st: Little Donkey
2nd: Simi’s Salsa
3rd: Moss Rock Tacos and Tequila

Audience

Best Salsa
1st: Dos Amigos Salsa
2nd: Rojo
3rd: Moss Rock Tacos and Tequila

Best Guacamole
1st: El Zun Zun
2nd: Spoon + Ladle
3rd: Taco Mama

Best Queso
1st: Rojo
2nd: Spoon + Ladle
3rd: La Paz

Best Specialty Dip
1st: Moss Rock Tacos + Tequila
2nd: Tostadas
3rd: Spoon + Ladle

Hosted at Cahaba Brewing Co.

Presented by Spire

8th Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2018

Jury

Best Salsa: Tony’s Tejas Salsa

Best Queso: Tony’s Tejas Salsa

Best Guacamole: Spoon & Ladle Soup Co.

Best Specialty Dip: Tarez Kitchen

Audience Choice

Best Salsa: Tarez Kitchen

Best Queso: La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Best Guacamole: Spoon & Ladle Soup Co.

Best Specialty Dip: Whole Foods Market

 

2018 photo album here! Special thanks to Joseph deSciose and Jacob DelaRosa for capturing the day.

Hosted at Cahaba Brewing Co.

Presented by Spire

7th Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2017

Jury

Best Salsa: Tarez Kitchen

Best Queso: La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Best Guacamole: Babalu Tapas & Tacos

Best Specialty Dip: Tarez Kitchen

Audience Choice

Best Salsa: After Midnight Salsa Co.

Best Queso: La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Best Guacamole: Babalu Tapas & Tacos

Best Specialty Dip: Tarez Kitchen

 

Hosted at Cahaba Brewing Co.

Presented by Alagasco

View event photos from Joseph De Sciose and Karen Downs here!

 

6th Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2016

Jury

Best Salsa: Rojo Birmingham

Best Queso: La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Best Guacamole: Babalu Tapas & Tacos

Best Specialty Dip: Rojo Birmingham (Mango Habanero Salsa)

Audience Choice

Best Salsa: After Midnight Salsa Co.

Best Queso: La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Best Guacamole: Babalu Tapas & Tacos

Best Specialty Dip: After Midnight Salsa Co.

Hot Pepper Eating Contest Winner:

James Williams

 

Hosted at Avondale Brewing Co.

Presented by Alagasco

View 2016 Photo Album here! Special thanks to Amanda Myers.

 

5th Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2015

Jury

Best Salsa: After Midnight Salsa Co.

Best Queso: La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Best Guacamole: Babalu Tapas & Tacos

Best Specialty Dip: La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Audience Choice

Best Salsa: After Midnight Salsa Co.

Best Queso: La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Best Guacamole: Babalu Tapas & Tacos

Best Specialty Dip: Whole Foods Market Mountain Brook

 

Hosted at Avondale Brewing Co.

2015 Photo Album here! Special thanks to Darrell Nance.

4th Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2014

Jury

Best Salsa (tie): Chuy’s and La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Best Queso: Tin Roof Birmingham

Best Guacamole: Tin Roof Birmingham

Best Specialty Dip: Rojo Birmingham

Audience Choice:

Best Salsa: La Bamba Grill

Best Queso: La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Best Guacamole: Rojo Birmingham

Best Specialty: Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

Hot Pepper Eating Contest Winners:

Bill Hancock

Christopher Johnson

Tim Scherer

Kendra Risse

 

Hosted at Avondale Brewing Co.

2014 Photo Album here!

3rd Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2013

Jury

Best Salsa: Tin Roof Birmingham

Best Queso: Little Donkey

Best Guacamole: Sol Y Luna

Best Specialty Dip: Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

Audience Choice

Best Salsa: Sol Y Luna

Best Queso: La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Best Guacamole: Sol Y Luna

Best Specialty Dip: Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

Hosted at Avondale Brewing Co.

Presented by Alagasco

2013 Photo Album here!

2nd Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2012

Jury

Best Salsa: Chili’s Grill & Bar

Best Queso: La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Best Guacamole: Taco Mama

Best Specialty Dip: Little Donkey

Audience Choice

Best Salsa: El Barrio Restaurante

Best Queso: Little Donkey

Best Guacamole: Taco Mama

Best Specialty Dip Category 1: El Barrio Restaurante

Best Specialty Dip Category 2: Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

Hot Pepper Eating Contest Winner:

Bill H. (second year in a row- pictured)

Hosted at The Market at Pepper Place

Presented by Alagasco

2012 Photo Album here!

1st Annual Salsa Showdown Award Winners - 2011

Jury

Best Salsa: Chuy’s

Best Queso: Chuy’s

Best Guacamole: Chuy’s

Best Specialty Dip: Rojo Birmingham

Audience Choice

Best Salsa: Chuy’s

Best Queso: La Paz Restaurant & Catering

Best Guacamole: Chuy’s

Best Specialty Dip: Chuy’s

Hot Pepper Eating Contest Winner:

Bill H.

2011 Photo Album here!

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