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Best Pico De Gallo Recipe

This Best Pico de Gallo recipe is both simple and delicious. This fresh tomato salsa uses few ingredients and tastes amazing over tacos, burritos, enchiladas, salads, and chips!

pico de gallo in a bowl.
This pico de Gallo is the easiest, most delicious way to make your dishes explode with flavor.

Pico de Gallo vs. Salsa

Pico de Gallo is basically a pure and simple form of Mexican salsa that consists of 5 ingredients: fresh tomatoes, chopped cilantro, chopped onions, diced jalapeño (or serrano,) and freshly squeezed lime juice.

The main difference between Pico de Gallo and other salsas like this blender version is that many salsas contain plenty of liquid. Pico de Gallo, on the other hand, is simply chopped and left chunky as-is.

Why This Recipe Stands Out

Let’s talk about why you need to make this Pico:

  • Bold Flavors: This classic Mexican dip is fresh, zesty, and has all the bold flavors you’ll find in your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant!
  • Fresh Ingredients: This recipe uses simple ingredients for that fresh flavor!
  • Versatile: It’s the easiest, most delicious way to make your favorite party dishes explode with flavor. A lot like our Restaurant-Style Blender Salsa.
  • Super Easy: This Pico is a wash, chop, and mix kind of deal. No cooking required, just like our 5-Minute Guacamole recipe.

Key Recipe Ingredients

  • Sweet Cherry Tomatoes – We recommend using sweet cherry tomatoes for their irresistible flavor and crisp, juicy texture.
  • Sweet White or Red Onion – They add a classic flavor and a bit of sweetness. However, red onions work just as well and add a pop of pretty purple to the mix.
  • Freshly Chopped Cilantro Leaves – These are a must for that classic, vibrant flavor. You can also include the chopped stems for extra cilantro flavor in your pico!
  • Fresh Lime Juice – We squeeze a large lime for its tangy, citrusy juice.
  • Fresh Jalapeño Peppers – These add a nice kick to the pico. We recommend using gloves to remove the seeds before dicing the peppers for a milder heat.


Here are a few of our favorite variations and substitutions to make this recipe your own:

  • Tomatoes: While we used sweet cherry tomatoes, you can use any variety of tomatoes. If you prefer a milder flavor, try using Roma tomatoes.
  • Fruit: If you’re a fan of Fresh Fruit Salsas, try adding diced mangoes or pineapple for your next summer gatherings.
  • Herbs: Cilantro adds a fresh, classic flavor, but you can substitute it with parsley if you’re not a cilantro person.
A bowl of fresh pico de gallo made with diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime wedges, accompanied by tortilla chips.
It’s a happy day because the Best Pico de Gallo recipe sits at your fingertips right now.


  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and gently fold them together.
  2. Cover, chill, and serve within a couple of hours.

For full list of ingredients and instructions, see recipe card below.


Take a look at our best prep-ahead strategies for this recipe:

  • Chop Ahead: You can chop all the ingredients for this pico ahead of time. Store the chopped tomatoes, onions, and cilantro in separate airtight containers in the fridge for up to 2 days.

What to serve with Pico de Gallo

Mexican and Tex-Mex Dishes

Salad and Chips

  • Pico adds so much flavor to a salad. It’s a great way to add a lot of flavor without adding a lot of calories.
  • Of course, the classic way to serve pico is with tortilla chips. Serve it alongside other tasty dips such as Restaurant Style Salsa or Black Bean Corn Salsa.

On Top of Everything

  • We love putting pico on top of just about anything. It’s a great way to add some fresh, bright flavor to your favorite dishes. Try it on top of some grilled chicken breast and you’ll know what we mean!

Commonly Asked Questions

What type of tomatoes are best for pico?

Cherry tomatoes are the best type of tomatoes for pico. These small, sweet tomatoes provide the perfect burst of flavor in every bite.

Do I have to remove the seeds from the jalapeños?

While you don’t have to, we recommend removing the seeds from the jalapeños if you prefer a milder pico. The seeds and the white membranes inside the jalapeños are the spiciest parts. If you like it hot, you can leave them in.

How long does pico last in the fridge?

Pico can last in the fridge for up to 3 days. After that, the tomatoes and onions start to break down and it becomes too watery. So, it’s best to consume it within a couple of hours for the freshest flavor.

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Overhead shot of homemade pico de gallo with lime wedges and tortilla chips.

Best Pico De Gallo Recipe {Fresh Tomato Salsa}

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It’s a happy day because the Best Pico de Gallo recipe sits at your fingertips right now. Pico de Gallo is the classically simple, fresh tomato salsa that’s made with only a few ingredients and tastes amazing over tacos, burritos, enchiladas, salads, and…chips!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20 servings (4-5 cups)
Author: Amy Dong


  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small white onion, sweet, or red onion, about 1 cup diced
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, freshly chopped
  • 1 large lime, juiced
  • 1-2 whole jalapeño peppers, fresh, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • In a medium bowl, gently fold all ingredients together until well incorporated. Cover, chill, and serve within a couple of hours.


  • For a milder pico, remove the seeds and membrane from the jalapeño before chopping. If you like it spicy, leave some seeds.
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice is a must for the best flavor. It’s worth the effort, we promise!
  • Love cilantro? Feel free to add more to suit your tastes. If you’re not a fan, you can reduce the amount or even leave it out.
  • Pico is best served fresh, but you can make it ahead. Just hold off on adding salt until you’re ready to serve, as it can make the tomatoes a bit watery if added too early.
  • Zesting the lime before juicing is a great way to use the whole fruit and add an extra pop of citrus flavor.
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Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method: chop, Mixing

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