About Us

About Us

Sal & Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant is family owned and operated. It started with Sal and Teresa and now their kids and grandkids work in the restaurant as well. Sal and Teresa take pride in keeping their customers happy with their New Mexico style cooking. They use fresh chiles, make their own chorizo, and their shredded beef is tender and flavorful.

Sal and Teresa, owners of Sal & Teresa's Mexican RestaurantSal and Teresa have been in the business over 35 years. Sal started as a dishwasher and Teresa as a cook at El Rancho. Soon Sal was stepping up and learning the cooking, also.

When the opportunity arose in 2008 to try their own hand at a restaurant, they took on sharing space with another restaurant. They served dinner; the other restaurant served breakfast and lunch. After a year, they went fully on their own, opening at their previous location on Hall Street. The restaurant soon outgrew that space and Sal and Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant found a home at its current location where there’s plenty of room for dining, live music, and group parties. They recently gave the restaurant a fresh new look with lots of traditional Mexican colors and decor.

Sal and Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Skiers find it a great place to go after a day on the slopes. Returning visitors from as far as Missouri and Wyoming make it a point to eat at Sal & Teresa’s saying, “I didn’t eat all day ’till I could come here to eat.”

In August of 2010 Sal & Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant was named in Arizona Highways as one of their 50 choices in the article, Best of AZ 50 of Our Favorite Things.

Best Way to Beat the Heat and Get Chile
Sal & Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant, Show Low

Some like it hot. If you live in Show Low or vacation there, chances are you don’t, which is why you’ve touched down in the cool White Mountains town. But that’s only with regard to the weather. When it comes to red chile, Show Low residents and visitors like it smokin’, so they visit Sal & Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant. Consistently referred to as having the “best food on the mountain,” this family owned hangout is known for its red chile, whether it’s piled inside a burrito or atop chiles rellenos. And, you can get it for a steal—slap down $7.95, and roll away with a red chile burro, taco, rice and beans in your belly. Doggie bags are free of charge. Information: 928-537-0230.

Reprinted with permission of Arizona Highways

The White Mountains’ local newspaper, The Independent, followed up with their own article:

Local restaurant named in 50 best by Arizona Highways

Mike Leiby
The Independent

SHOW LOW — It was not that long ago that The Independent informed its readers about Arizona Highways Magazine choosing a number of local restaurants as among their favorite places to eat.

Well, it looks like the mountain has done it again with Sal and Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant in Show Low getting the latest in accolades from the world renowned magazine’s culinary experts.

In the August issue of Arizona Highways, Sal and Teresa’s is named as one of their choices for “50 Best Places to Eat in Arizona.”

Located in Show Low at 1191 E. Hall [old location] behind KFC, the restaurant has been here for 16 months and while it is now known throughout the world thanks to Arizona Highways, it has been a local favorite ever since it opened.

The family owned and operated restaurant is well known locally for its red chile which famished diners can get stuffed into one of their meal-size burritos, in mounds on top of chiles rellenos, in a burro or a taco, all of which can be had with beans and rice if so desired.

Any way it is enjoyed, the chile served at the eatery, touted by locals as having “the best food on the mountain,” is sure to leave the palate wanting for more. So it is probably a good thing Sal and Teresa’s is in Show Low because up here a good restaurant is something not taken lightly as well as being coveted.

The Independent made a visit to Sal and Teresa’s recently to sample the red chile in one of their flour burritos. Service was fast, friendly and with a smile. Within only a minute or two we had what tasted like fresh fried tortilla chips with a very tasty salsa and our drinks.

It did not take long to make a menu selection which came back to the table within about 10-15 minutes piping hot accompanied by a side of fresh grated lettuce and fresh tomato.

Now while I could never make a claim to be any kind of food critic, I have sampled my share of both red and green chile in my day and this was definitely among the top three. At first it seemed a little on the spicy side, not too much, just a little, but after eating a few mouthfuls I began to get all of the flavors out of the red chile burrito topped with grated cheese and all I can say is I for one will without any doubt be going back for seconds. . . thirds. . . and certainly fourths.

The restaurant is open seven days a week, so people can get to the now fabled chile any day they please, between 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. [see hours on home page], when they close to start on another batch of their quasi-magical version of the southwestern favorite.

For more information people can call (928) 537-0230.

And Sal & Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant was awarded the 2010 Small Business of the Year by the Show Low Chamber of Commerce.

If you’re not already a fan of Sal & Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant, stop in and give them a try. You’ll be adding them to your list of best places to dine in the White Mountains.

Grandkids enjoying the Fourth of July parade


Sal and Teresa’s grandkids enjoying Show Low’s Fourth of July parade. The restaurant participated in the parade with a float.