Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe

This easy Pico de Gallo Recipe (also referred to as salsa fresca) is a versatile recipe that’s made with fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice.This easy Pico de Gallo Recipe is a versatile recipe that's made with fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice

Classic pico de gallo is made with simple fresh ingredients and is quick and easy to make.  This is my go-to pico de gallo recipe.  

This easy Pico de Gallo Recipe (also referred to as salsa fresca) is a versatile recipe that's made with fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice

PICO DE GALLO INGREDIENTS

This fresh salsa recipe is a versatile one.  Taste-test as you mix to achieve your ideal blend of flavors.  

  • Fresh tomatoes:  I’m not terribly picky about the type of tomato I use for pico, as long as it’s red, ripe and flavorful.  Roma or plum tomatoes have less juice and fewer seeds than other tomatoes so they’re ideal for pico,  but any big ripe juicy red tomatoes will work…just omit some of the seeds.
  • Onion:  We use a mix of white, red and green onion for this recipe.  
  • Garlic:  A lot of pico recipes out there omit garlic.  Not sure why that is since garlic adds so much flavor.  My family loves garlic, so when I make this pico – I usually add a few (3-5) cloves garlic to the mix.  This pico (in all its garlic glory) is amazing with street chicken tacos!
  • Jalapeno:  Use anywhere between 1 – 3 jalapenos for this recipe (depending on how spicy you like your pico).  The seeds and membrane are what make jalapeno spicy, so either discard some of them or remove them altogether for a more mild pico.  I typically use 2 jalapenos for this recipe.
  • Cilantro:  We’re not afraid of using cilantro in this recipe.  I know some people who don’t care much for cilantro, so feel free to alter to your personal taste.
  • Lime:  Adding the juice of a lime or two adds a fresh pop of flavor.
  • Seasoning:  Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

HOW TO MAKE PICO DE GALLO

This fresh salsa comes together in about 10 minutes start-to-finish.

  1. Tomatoes and Onion:  Chop tomatoes and onion (should be a close 50/50 ratio).
  2. Garlic:  Smash, peel and finely mince the garlic cloves.
  3. Jalapenos:  Slice jalapenos in half and scrape out the seeds and membrane using a spoon.
  4. Cilantro:  Coarsely chop a cup of cilantro.
  5. Mix:  Toss the ingredients in a large bowl and squeeze lime juice over everything and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

TIPS:

  • When chopping the tomatoes, remove as much juice and seeds as possible to prevent the pico from getting weighted down and soggy with liquid.
  • If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can add 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.  I’ll sometimes also add about 1/2 teaspoon onion powder as well.

This easy Pico de Gallo Recipe (also referred to as salsa fresca) is a versatile recipe that's made with fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice

WHAT IS PICO DE GALLO

Pico de gallo is sometimes referred to as salsa fresca or raw salsa.  It’s made with simple fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapenos and cilantro.  Unlike blended salsas, pico de gallo is a fresh chopped chunky salsa.

IS PICO DE GALLO HEALTHY

Yes!!  It’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Tomatoes:  Heart healthy tomatoes are a rich source of the antioxidant lycopene, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin, all of which are good for your heart.
  • Onion: Onions are a rich source of antioxidants.  They help strengthen immunity, may help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and may help regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Garlic:  Garlic is rich with sulfur and helps strengthen the immune system.  A daily garlic supplement may reduce the number of colds by 63% compared to a placebo and reduce the average length of cold symptoms by 70% (from 5 days in the placebo group to 1.5 days in garlic group).  (1) (2)
  •  Cilantro: Cilantro (also known as coriander) is rich with vitamin C and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that boost your immune system.

This easy Pico de Gallo Recipe (also referred to as salsa fresca) is a versatile recipe that's made with fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice

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Pico de Gallo Recipe
Yield: 6-8 Servings

Pico de Gallo Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

This easy Pico de Gallo Recipe is a versatile recipe that's made with fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice.

Ingredients

  • 6 Fresh tomatoes (Roma or regular vine tomatoes)
  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2-5 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed and minced
  • 2-3 jalapenos, sliced in half, seeds and membranes removed
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Instructions

  1. Chop tomatoes and onion (should be a close 50/50 ratio).
  2. Smash, peel and finely mince the garlic cloves.
  3. Slice jalapenos in half and scrape out the seeds and membrane.
  4. Coarsely chop a cup of cilantro.
  5. Toss the ingredients together in a large bowl and squeeze lime juice over everything and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Notes

TIPS:

  • When chopping the tomatoes, remove as much juice and seeds as possible to prevent the pico from getting weighted down and soggy with liquid.
  • If you don't have fresh garlic, you can add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.  I'll sometimes also add about 1/2 teaspoon onion powder as well.

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