About Us

Prickly Foods started with a reconnection of two friends, trying to make products using Southwest native plants and culturally relevant ingredients to Indigenous communities in our region. Our motto is “good food, many people” a simple line to guide us in creating products that are delicious, refreshing, and accessible to all kinds of eaters.

Chef Liz McKenzie

After completing a culinary degree in 2010, Diné chef Liz McKenzie has been honing skills in multiple areas in the industry. From teaching to baking, they strive to bring indigenous flavors mixed in with unique creativity to their clientele and audience. Liz is the genius behind the delicious and unique blend of flavors in our bars and lemonade.

Liz is also the owner of Howdy Cakes, a custom cake business with a creative edge. 

Will Thomson

Will is the founder and main organizer of the New Mexico Prickly Pear Festival and while he’s not helping spread the word about native edible plants he also works as an arborist and landscape designer.

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