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Pico de Gallo

Updated: Jan 21



Freshly made Pico de Gallo is so delicious whether you have tortilla chips, taco salad, or add it your favorite cheeseburger. Pico de Gallo is made with fresh tomatoes, red onions, garlic powder, minced garlic, cumin, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno peppers, black pepper, and kosher salt.


One of the best things about this great recipe is there is no cooking involved. Minutes away from a cool, refreshing dish that is so satisfying to the taste buds and the tummy. Pico de Gallo is great with homemade tortilla chips, loaded nachos, potato chips , or add it to your favorite cheeseburger.



Did You Know!

Salsa is the Spanish word for sauce. Pico de Gallo also goes by the name salsa Bandera which means flag salsa, because of the green, white, and red colors of the Mexican flag. Pico de Gallo also goes by the name Salsa Fresca or salsa cruda.



Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference in Salsa and Pico de Gallo?

Pico de Gallo has very little liquid in the bowl and made with raw fresh ingredients. Salsa is often blended with tomatoes and other ingredients, and is runnier than Pico de Gallo


How long will Pico de Gallo last in the refrigerator?

Pico De Gallo is at it's best if it is eaten the same day but, if stored in an airtight container it will last up to three days. You may want to squeeze a little lime juice to freshen the taste from the salsa sitting.


How do you know if Pico de Gallo has gone bad?

If you open the container and it gives an unpleasant smell I would recommend throwing it away immediately.


How long can Pico de Gallo sit out?

I would allow the salsa to sit out for at least two hours, depending on the temperature in the room, and return it to the refrigerator.


Ingredients Pico de Gallo

  • Tomatoes- Roma (plum) tomatoes that are ripe and plump works best for Pico de Gallo. They are less watery than other tomatoes.

  • Onions- Red onions gives a great punch of flavor but white onions can be used also.

  • Lime Juice- gives the recipe some freshness and just the right amount of zest.

  • Jalapeno Peppers- the jalapeno peppers turns up the heat. I remove the seeds for less heat.

  • Garlic & Garlic Powder - gives that pungent flavor and gives the dish a bit of spice.

  • Cilantro- provides a peppery, lemon, and pungent taste to the Pico de Gallo

  • Cumin- adds an earthy, warm, and rich taste, with an edge of citrus.

  • Kosher Salt & Black pepper- enhances the whole dish. They wake of the flavor and add the finishing touch to the recipe.



Let's Get It Started!


Cut the tomatoes in cubes and to a mixing bowl.



Cut in small cubes the red onions, jalapeno pepper, and garlic. Add them to the tomatoes.


Cut the Cilantro and add it the bowl with the rest of the ingredients


Squeeze the juice of one lime and add to the bowl.


Add the remaining seasonings Kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and cumin. Mix well. Set the Pico de Gallo in the fridge to cool.



Serve with tortilla chips, taco salad, or on add to your favorite cheeseburger. Enjoy!


Bon Appetit, Enjoy!



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Debra Johnson | Food Blogger
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