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Pico de Gallo Recipe

# Pico de Gallo Recipe

This **homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe** is incredibly fresh and tasty. It’s simple, healthy, and can complement a variety of dishes or simply be enjoyed with some tortilla chips.

Try this recipe atop a Chipotle Chicken Bowl (VIDEO) or with Seven Layer Taco Dip.

## Recipe Details

I adore this Pico de Gallo recipe because of its fresh and vibrant flavor profile. While I’m usually not a fan of raw onions, this pico recipe is a delightful exception.

– **TASTE**: This Pico de Gallo combines sweetness, saltiness, tanginess, and spiciness. The jalapeños, lime juice, fresh cilantro, and tomatoes create a burst of fantastic flavors.
– **TEXTURE**: Filled with chunky diced veggies that have soaked in lime juice, each bite provides a delightful explosion of flavors.
– **TIME**: This recipe will take around 25 minutes to prepare.
– **EASE**: It’s a no-cook recipe that’s extremely simple. You’ll enjoy making this all summer long.

## What You’ll Need

![Ingredients for Pico de Gallo: onion, cilantro, tomatoes, limes, and jalapenos](

### Ingredient Notes

– **Tomatoes**: Roma or vine tomatoes work well for this dish, providing great flavor and texture.
– **Onions**: White, yellow, or red onions can be used for flavor and crunch.
– **Jalapenos**: Remove the seeds for a milder flavor, or use pickled jalapenos as an alternative.
– **Cilantro**: This fresh herb adds a unique, fresh, and citrusy flavor.
– **Limes**: Lime juice adds tanginess; fresh lime juice is recommended for better flavor.

## Add-ins and Substitutions

– **Add seasonings**: Experiment with additional seasonings like cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, or black pepper.
– **Adjust spice level**: Increase or decrease spiciness by adding more jalapenos or adjusting seed usage.
– **Use lemon instead of lime**: Lemon juice can be used as a substitute for lime juice.
– **Incorporate other veggies and fruits**: Consider adding diced cucumbers, bell peppers, avocado, or mango.

## How to Make Pico de Gallo

1. **Soak the onions**: Dice the onions and soak them in cold water for 20 minutes to reduce their strong flavor. Drain afterward.
2. **Dice the other vegetables**: Core and dice the tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro.
3. **Combine everything**: In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapenos, lime juice, and salt. Adjust jalapenos or salt to taste.
4. **Serve**: Enjoy this homemade pico with Loaded Chicken Nachos or chunky guacamole.

**Pro Tip:** Chilling onions in the freezer for ten minutes prevents tear-inducing enzymes from releasing into the air.

![Steps to make Pico de Gallo: soak the diced onions and drain them, then dice the cilantro, jalapenos, and tomatoes, adding everything together in a bowl.](

## Recipe Tips

– **Use organic or homegrown tomatoes** for enhanced flavor.
– **Soak onions in water** to reduce their strong taste.
– **Don’t skip lime juice** as it adds brightness and acidity.
– **Protect your hands** when handling jalapenos to avoid skin irritation.

## FAQs

– **What’s the difference between salsa and pico de gallo?**: Pico de gallo is chunkier than salsa, with distinguishable ingredients.
– **What does pico de gallo literally mean?**: It translates to “beak of rooster” in Spanish, referencing how it’s traditionally eaten.
– **Is it spicy?**: Pico de gallo’s spiciness can be adjusted based on personal preference.

It varies. While jalapenos are an ingredient, the level of spiciness can be adjusted based on your preparation. Removing the seeds reduces the heat significantly. For those who like it hot, you can also enhance the spice by adding hot sauce or cayenne pepper to your homemade pico de gallo.

Overhead view of a white bowl of Pico de Gallo with a chip in it and more nearby

Serving Suggestions

Given its versatility, this Pico de Gallo recipe can complement any meal throughout the day. It pairs well with various dishes, chips, breakfast options, and more!

  • Mexican dishes: Use it as a topping for Mexican-inspired meals. Experiment with Crunchy Fish Tacos, White Sauce Enchiladas, Shrimp Fajitas, or Red Sauce Enchiladas.
  • Salad: Enhance your salads with Pico de Gallo in Taco Salad (VIDEO), Avocado Corn Salad, or Tuna Pasta Salad.
  • Appetizers: Serve it alongside Chicken Quesadillas, Guacamole, Loaded Chicken Nachos, Seven Layer Taco Dip, or Jalapeno Artichoke Dip.
  • Breakfast: Add a fresh twist to your breakfast with Pico de Gallo in Crispy Breakfast Burritos (VIDEO), Croissant Breakfast Sandwich, Easy Poached Eggs with Caramelized Onions, or Quiche Lorraine.

Prepare This Recipe in Advance

Preparation beforehand: You can make this recipe a day in advance and refrigerate it with a cover until serving time. Drain excess liquid if needed due to tomatoes releasing moisture from the salt.

Storage: Homemade Pico de Gallo can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for about a week. The flavors meld as they sit together, enhancing the taste over time.

Freezing: Freezing this dish is not recommended as tomatoes do not thaw well. It’s best to prepare only what you can enjoy within a week.

Additional Tasty Sides!

  • Guacamole Recipe
  • 7 Layer Taco Dip
  • Easy BLT Dip
  • Crab Artichoke Dip

Detailed Recipe Instructions


Pico de Gallo Recipe

This Homemade Pico de Gallo is such a healthy side dish. Made with diced vegetables and lime juice, it is fresh and flavorful.

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Course: Appetizer,**Side Dish**

Cuisine: Mexican

Diet: Gluten Free

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 6

Calories: 36 kcal

Author: Dina


– 1 onion, diced
– 7 tomatoes
– 2 jalapeños, finely diced and seeds removed
– 1 cup cilantro, chopped
– 1 1/2 tsp salt
– 2 tsp fresh lime juice


1. Dice the onion and soak in cold water for about 20 minutes. This will help reduce the strong oniony taste. To speed up the chopping process, a vegetable chopper can be used.

2. Pour the onions and water into a mesh strainer and allow the water to drain out.To make Pico de Gallo, start by coring and dicing tomatoes. Use a chopper for faster results. Dice jalapeños and cilantro, and remember to wash your hands well or wear gloves when handling jalapeños to avoid irritation.

Combine the diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and cilantro in a bowl. Add salt and lime juice to taste. Adjust the salt and jalapeños based on your preference for saltiness and spiciness. Homegrown tomatoes may be sweeter, so you might need a bit more salt.

For serving, Pico de Gallo complements various dishes like chicken quesadillas, fish tacos, enchiladas, breakfast burritos, flank steak tacos, and taco salad. It adds freshness and flavor to appetizers and meals.

Nutrition-wise, a serving of this Pico de Gallo recipe contains approximately 36 calories, 8g of carbohydrates, 2g of protein, 1g of fat, 1g of saturated fat, 591mg of sodium, 396mg of potassium, 2g of fiber, 5g of sugar, 1420 IU of Vitamin A, 29mg of Vitamin C, 20mg of calcium, and 1mg of iron.

This recipe was initially shared on August 7, 2015, and has been updated since then.

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