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