Pico De Gallo

Pico de Gallo, often referred to as salsa fresca, is a vibrant and zesty Mexican condiment that adds a burst of fresh flavor to almost any dish. With its medley of tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and a hint of lime, this salsa is a must-have at any Mexican fiesta or as a topping for tacos, nachos, or grilled meats. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice in the kitchen, crafting homemade Pico de Gallo is a breeze, and the reward is a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine that elevates your dishes to the next level.


  • 4 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 jalapeño or serrano peppers, finely diced (adjust to taste)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1-2 limes, to taste
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


Chopping and Dicing:

  1. Begin by dicing the ripe tomatoes. You can remove the seeds if you prefer a less watery Pico de Gallo.
  2. Finely chop the red onion, fresh cilantro, and jalapeño or serrano peppers. Remember to wear gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after handling hot peppers to avoid transferring the heat to your eyes or skin.
  3. Mince the garlic cloves finely.

Mixing and Seasoning:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, chopped red onion, fresh cilantro, diced peppers, and minced garlic.
  2. Squeeze the juice of 1-2 limes over the mixture, depending on your preference for acidity. Start with one lime and add more if desired.
  3. Season the Pico de Gallo with salt and black pepper to taste. Start with a pinch of each and adjust according to your flavor preference.

Chilling and Marinating:

  1. Gently toss all the ingredients together until they are well combined.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate the Pico de Gallo for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and intensify. You can leave it in the fridge for longer to enhance the taste further.


  1. Once chilled and marinated, your Pico de Gallo is ready to serve.
  2. It’s fantastic as a topping for tacos, burritos, nachos, or grilled meats. You can also serve it as a dip with tortilla chips for a refreshing and zesty appetizer.

Variations and Tips

  • Custom Spice Level: Adjust the spiciness by altering the quantity of jalapeño or serrano peppers. For a milder Pico de Gallo, remove the seeds and membranes from the peppers before dicing.
  • Sweet Twist: Add a touch of sweetness by incorporating diced mango, pineapple, or even fresh corn kernels for a unique variation.
  • Avocado Addition: For a creamy twist, fold in diced avocado just before serving.
  • Red or White Onion: While red onion is traditional, you can use white onion if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Tomato Variety: Experiment with different tomato varieties, such as Roma or cherry tomatoes, for variations in flavor and texture.
  • Extra Herbs: If you’re a fan of herbs, consider adding fresh chopped parsley or mint for an extra layer of freshness.


Pico de Gallo is a versatile and refreshing Mexican salsa that brings a burst of fresh flavor to your culinary creations. Whether you’re serving it as a topping, a dip, or a side, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a wide range of dishes. Crafted with simple yet vibrant ingredients, Pico de Gallo elevates your meals with its zesty, tangy, and slightly spicy notes. So, bring a taste of Mexico to your table, embrace the fiesta of flavors, and enjoy the fresh and zesty goodness of homemade Pico de Gallo. ¡Buen provecho!

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