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This Pico de Gallo recipe is so easy to make! Ready in 10 minutes and made of fresh tomatoes, cilantro, peppers, onion, and lime.
Pico de Gallo enhances so many recipes! It is delicious on top of eggs in the morning and perfect added to an avocado half with a bit of chicken for lunch. We especially love it as a topping for hamburgers, enchiladas as well as my fish tacos, shrimp tacos, and easy beef tacos. The uses are endless!
What is Pico de Gallo?
Pico de Gallo is a type of salsa used in Mexican cuisine. It is also referred to as salsa fresca, salsa cruda, and salsa bandera. Pico is a combination of a few fresh chopped ingredients.
Pico is different from other many other salsas. Here is one example. My restaurant-style salsa blends together similar ingredients creating a liquid-based salsa.
Pico de Gallo Recipe
The secret to the best pico is making sure you use the best and freshest ingredients possible. The better the ingredients that you use, the better it will be!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Tomatoes – I prefer to use a Roma or plum tomato.
- Peppers – Pico traditionally uses serrano peppers. You can also use jalapeno.
- Onion – Pico traditionally uses white onion. Use your favorite. I’ve made it with fresh spring onions as well as red onions and loved it!
- Cilantro – fresh cilantro leaves add so much flavor!
- Lime zest and juice – Enhances and balances the flavors in this recipe.
How to Make Fresh Pico Salsa
Add all of your tomatoes, peppers, onion, and cilantro to a medium bowl. Zest (secret ingredient!) and juice your lime into the bowl and sprinkle with salt. Stir gently to combine all of the ingredients and serve.
How to Make Ahead and Store
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Here’s my Pico de Gallo recipe. I hope you make some today and enjoy it with many dishes!
Pico de Gallo Recipe
- 5 medium tomatoes (Roma or plum) diced
- 2 medium peppers (serrano or jalapeno) deseeded and deveined, diced
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
- 1 medium lime zest and juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and stir together until well-combined. Pour into serving bowl to serve with chips as an appetizer or to add as a topping to other ingredients.
Although Pico de Gallo is best made fresh, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 – 5 days. Variations: Spicier Pico de Gallo: Add more jalapeno pepper and use red onion Sweeter Pico de Gallo: Use Vidalia onion
From the Add a Pinch archives, originally published 2013.