Easy Pico de Gallo

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Everyone needs a great pico de gallo recipe. Pair with some crunchy tortilla chips or on top of your favorite tacos or nachos. I even love adding it to eggs.

Pico de Gallo is made with just a handful of fresh ingredients and the flavors blend perfectly.

I love fresh veggies in the summer so this will be going into heavy rotation!

Pico de Gallo in serving bowl
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Try out my pineapple salsa or cowboy caviar for more homemade salsa that’s packed with flavor.

This pico de gallo recipe is..

  • Great for the summer months
  • Easy appetizer or topping
  • Fresh
  • Versatile

Ingredients Needed

Pico de gallo, also known as salsa fresca or fresh salsa, is a delicious and versatile topping that can be used to add a burst of flavor to a variety of dishes.

Pico de Gallo ingredients in prep bowls

Here’s what you need:

  • Tomatoes – The base of this delicious salsa. They also add a bit of liquid to the mix.
  • White onion – Adds a sweet, mild flavor and crunch.
  • Jalapeños – For a spicy kick to the salsa. The level of spiciness can be adjusted by removing or keeping the jalapeño seeds.
  • Fresh cilantro – Rounds out the flavor of the pico de gallo and adds freshness.
  • Garlic – Adds wonderful flavor and depth to the salsa.
  • Lime – Lime juice will help preserve the fresh veggies and also provides a little extra tang.
  • Salt and pepper – Use to taste to enhance the natural flavors.

How to Make

This Mexican salsa is made from fresh ingredients and is incredibly easy to make at home.

First, dice all the veggies into small pieces and mince the garlic.

In a medium mixing bowl, add the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapenos, minced garlic, and lime juice.

diced veggies in large bowl

Season with salt and pepper and stir the ingredients until well combined.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to blend.

Pico de Gallo in a bowl with wooden spoon

When ready to eat, give the pico de gallo a good stir and serve with a side of tortilla chips or with your favorite meals. Enjoy!

What to Eat with Pico de Gallo

Tips for Success

If you are not a fan of cilantro you can swap with parsley or leave out the cilantro. It will alter the flavor a bit but will still taste good.

Cut all ingredients into bite-sized chunks so it is easy to eat. If you aim for smaller pieces you ensure you get all the flavors in each bite.

Add pico de gallo to serving bowl with spoon and serve with chips or as a topping

Storing Salsa

Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.

This pico de gallo will stay fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. After that time, the tomatoes will soften and the onions will start to become translucent.

I do not recommend freezing this recipe as it can alter the texture of the vegetables.

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Pico de gallo is made with just a handful of simple ingredients and is quick to make. It’s flavorful, refreshing, and mildly spiced. Enjoy!

Fresh Pico de Gallo

5 from 1 vote
Pico de gallo is a delicious and versatile topping that can be used to add a burst of flavor to a variety of dishes.
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 tomatoes (large), diced
  • ½ white onion (medium), diced
  • 3 jalapeños , seeded and diced (keep seeds intact if you want it spicy)
  • ½ cup cilantro, about 1 bunch, chopped
  • 2 garlic , minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapenos, minced garlic, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper and mix together the ingredients until evenly distributed.
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours for the flavors to blend well.
  • Serve with a side of tortilla chips or with your favorite meals. Enjoy!

Notes

For spicier salsa, use serrano peppers instead. If you don’t have fresh garlic, it’s fine to substitute garlic powder. Just add it to taste with the salt and pepper.
This salsa is best eaten the same day it is made but you can keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 19kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 0.2g, Saturated Fat: 0.03g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 186mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 641IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Mexican

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