Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe

BY : PUBLISHED : August 10th, 2022

Making homemade pico de gallo takes just 10 minutes! It’s a budget-friendly way to add flavor to meals and when made at home you can adjust the flavors to how you like it! 

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completed Pico de Gallo in a white bowl with a close up of a chip dipped in it

Have I mentioned how much I love Beanfields? Their continued support of Plant Based on a Budget allows us to keep our resources free to you, and it's fair to say that we are completely grateful!

When they suggested a dip, I originally thought I'd do hummus, but then I realized that we don't have a pico de gallo recipe on our site! How did that even happen?!

Since it's summer, I thought I'd remedy this serious problem! Serve it up with your favorite tortilla chips, tofu tacos, vegan bean quesadillas, or veggie fajitas!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Made with only five simple, fresh ingredients.
  • A healthy and flavorful way to season food.
  • Simple dip to serve with chips or add it as a topping to all your favorite Mexican recipes.

What Goes Into This Recipe

This chunky salsa recipe is made with fresh ingredients which you can easily find in just about any grocery store. If you are lucky enough to have a great farmer’s market, pick them up there for more fresh flavor.

  • Tomatoes: The best tomatoes for pico de gallo are roma tomatoes. They are firm, flavorful, and really hold up with the other ingredients. However, you can use any tomatoes you have available.
  • Cilantro: Cilantro is the traditional herb used in just about any type of salsa but you can swap it with parsley if you aren’t a fan of cilantro.
  • Red onion: The crispy, sharp bite of red onion works best in salsas and the tinge of purple looks great too, but you can certainly opt for a white or yellow onion.
  • Jalapeño: An easy-to-find chile. Feel free to swap it out for a spicier chile such as the serrano or habanero pepper. 
  • Lime: Fresh lime juice is the only way to go when making this homemade salsa.

How To Make This Recipe

This fresh tomato recipe takes just two simple steps to make and requires no cooking!

  • 1) Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and mix them together. 
  • 2) Serve right away or store to use for future meals.
completed Pico de Gallo in a white bowl

Variations

  • Tomatillos: Swap out half of the tomatoes with diced tomatillos.
  • Fruit: Replace the tomatoes with fresh fruit. Strawberries, mango, and pineapple work especially well!
  • Avocado: Diced up some fresh avocado and mix in!
  • More Veggies: Add in cucumbers, bell peppers, jicama, and more! A great way to use up what you have available in the fridge.

Expert Tips 

  • Storage: For best results store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. It doesn’t freeze well.
  • Cut all the vegetables into similar-sized small pieces.
  • Use fresh lime juice. It tastes better and really in the long run is much less expensive.
  • Less spicy: Most of the heat in the jalapeno is in the seeds and membranes in the jalapeno. Remove them for a less spicy version. 

FAQs

How long is pico de gallo good for?

Since it’s made with all fresh ingredients, it will only last 3-5 days at the most when stored in the refrigerator. The length of time will really depend on the freshness of the ingredients you used to prepare it.

What does pico de gallo mean?

This spanish phrase translates to a “rooster beak or bill”. This fresh salad made with finely chopped vegetables was traditionally eaten with a finger and thumb which look much like a roosters beak. 

What is the difference between salsa and pico de gallo?

The ingredients in these two dishes are very similar and sometimes exactly the same depending on the recipe. The main difference is in the texture. Pico is usually chunkier and made with small diced vegetables while salsa is pureed in a blender or food processor.

Is pico de gallo healthy?

It is naturally gluten-free, vegan, oil-free, low-carb, and full of lots of nutrients from all the fresh vegetables. It’s a healthy way to add flavor to all kinds of meals.

completed Pico de Gallo in a white bowl

What Can You Do with Leftover Pico de Gallo?

If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, it’s so easy to find ways to use it up. Add some to your favorite tofu scramble, make a vegan quesadilla and add it inside or on top of your Quinoa Burritos, stir it into cauliflower rice or use it as a snack during the week.

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

completed Pico de Gallo in a white bowl
completed Pico de Gallo in a white bowl with a close up of a chip dipped in it

Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe

Toni Okamoto
Making homemade pico de gallo takes just 10 minutes! It’s a budget-friendly way to add flavor to meals and when made at home you can adjust the flavors to how you like it! 
5 from 53 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dip
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 39 kcal
METHOD No Cook
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups of diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup of cilantro chopped
  • ½ of a small red onion finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño minced (remove seeds for less spice)
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sized bowl, add all the ingredients and mix together.
  • Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • Storage: For best results store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. It doesn’t freeze well.
  • Cut all the vegetables into similar-sized small pieces.
  • Use fresh lime juice. It tastes better and really in the long run is much less expensive.
  • Less spicy: Most of the heat in the jalapeno is in the seeds and membranes in the jalapeno. Remove them for a less spicy version. 

Nutrition

Calories: 39kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 183mgPotassium: 273mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 318IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg
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About Toni Okamoto

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy.
My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy,
'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways...
we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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Comments

  1. Janaye says

    5 stars
    Such a simple recipe to make

    • Andrea White says

      Gotta love the simple ones!

  2. Gina H. says

    5 stars
    Super fresh and delicious. My go-to pico de gallo recipe!

    • Andrea White says

      Same! So refreshing!

  3. Beatriz Buono-Core says

    5 stars
    So fresh and delicious 😀

    • Andrea White says

      Yesss! Super refreshing and tasty!

  4. Aimee D. says

    5 stars
    yumm

    • Andrea White says

      It's definitely a yummy one!

  5. Katie says

    5 stars
    This pico is incredible!! Perfect for all kinds of recipes!

    • Andrea White says

      Agreed! So simple and delicious!

  6. Teodora says

    5 stars
    Great for summer pool parties! It is so tasty and so colorful!

    • Andrea White says

      Yesss! So easy to make too!

  7. Julie says

    5 stars
    I’ve never thought to add jicama into salsa! What a great idea!!!

    • Andrea White says

      Jicama adds such a nice touch to the pico! Let us know what you think if you end up trying it 🙂

  8. Steph says

    5 stars
    Love having fresh pico in the fridge to have with chips, on my tacos, or to put in my burritos! This was a great recipe that was super easy to follow! Thanks for sharing!

    • Andrea White says

      Pico de Gallo always brightens up any meal! So glad you enjoyed this one!

  9. Deb says

    5 stars
    Pico de Gallo has never been easier to make than with this recipe. So delicious and refreshing. Will make again soon.

    • Andrea White says

      Right?! Toni makes it so easy!

  10. Leah says

    5 stars
    My favorite dip! I make it all the time!

    • Andrea White says

      Same! It's a great one to have on hand - plus it's so easy!

  11. Andrea White says

    5 stars
    The ultimate party dish. Love this pico de gallo!

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