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Best Pico De Gallo Recipe {Fresh Tomato Salsa}

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!

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Pico de Gallo Recipe

I might be the greediest Pico de Gallo eater anyone has ever met. When I go to Chipotle, I nicely beg for triple scoops of their mild fresh tomato salsa, which is essentially pico de gallo. Ditto goes for pretty much any Mexican style restaurant I step into – I can’t help but ask for extra pico de gallo to use on everything.

You all know that I’m unabashedly fond of food that’s easy to make, fresh and healthy-ish, and… it absolutely must win over the taste buds.

This restaurant style pico de gallo recipe fits the bill. It’s the easiest, most delicious way to make your favorite dishes explode with flavor. This classically simple salsa uses a handful of ingredients and is done in a handful of minutes.

If I could only eat just a handful of chips with this stuff…

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What is Pico de Gallo

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. It’s traditionally seasoned with just salt; sometimes an addition like chopped avocado can be added, but it’s delicious in its classic form.

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.

How to make Pico de Gallo

Because there are only a few basic ingredients in pico de Gallo, you’ll want to be sure to use quality, super fresh ingredients.

Most recipes call for Roma tomatoes, but in the summer we highly recommend taking advantage of various sweet cherry tomatoes, ripe off the vine. If you’re lucky enough to either grow your own or nab them from a local farmers market, they truly offer the best flavor. They’re sweet, crisp, and bursting with irresistible tomato flavor.

We use sweet white onions in our pico de Gallo, as it’s the classic choice and offers a bit of sweetness to the mix. However, red onions are fine and they’ll provide a pop of pretty purple in your pico.

Not to be forgotten are the fresh green cilantro leaves and juicy limes. We use plenty of both in our pico de Gallo. If I make this for others, I just the leaves of cilantro. When it’s just for me, I love including chopped cilantro stems as well; I’m a total cilantro monster.

Oh, and a fresh jalapeño or two gives a nice kick to this fresh salsa. I always use gloves to remove the seeds, prior to dicing the peppers.

Pico de Gallo is a wash, chop, and mix kind of deal. It’s an easy, quick, and fail proof crowd pleaser.

What to serve with Pico de Gallo

This is the most fun part. Our favorite things to use Pico de Gallo on are:

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Best Pico De Gallo Recipe {Fresh Tomato Salsa}

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 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins

Yield: 45 cups 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pint sweet cherry tomatoes, diced (drain if desired)
  • 1 small sweet white (or red) onion, about 1 cup diced
  • 1 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 large lime, juiced
  • 12 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

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

Notes

Feel free to add the zest of your lime, if desired.

  • Category: appetizer, snack
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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Scrumptious Salsas:

Mango Black Bean Salsa Dip– it’s zesty, slightly sweet, and unbelievably refreshing. You may never go back to “regular” salsa again.

Restaurant Style Salsa – ever wondered how restaurants make their salsas just-so? Here’s the secret.

Chunky Salsa with Corn – this super satisfying chunky salsa is perfection with tortilla chips or paired with your favorite Mexican meal.

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21 comments

    • Nathan Tran

    What a good recipe of Pico De Gallo – An amazing salsa with many ingredients like mango, black bean, corn,….Thanks for sharing!

    • Elizabeth O

    Your salsa looks incredible. All those colours, delicious indeed. It seems really easy to recreate too!

    • hillcitybride

    This looks SO amazing. I am so into Mexican food at the moment, and I am totally making this to top so many of my favorites. YUM!

    • Emily (@amummytoo)

    Wow, that looks absolutely delicious. My mouth is watering at the thought of those fresh, piquant flavours.

    • Tiffany Yong

    It’s always a pleasure to be looking at your articles, cook or not cooking. It inspires people and make me who rarely cook to want to get down to making something good! Thanks for all the inspiration!

    • phyliciamarie

    It’s so simple to do! definitely have this in mind the next time i think of dips to go with tortilla chips 🙂

    • kumamonjeng

    I love tomato and glad to learn about PIco de Gallo. I like how some avocado and lime juice can be added in to make it more refreshing. This looks so appetizing!

    • cleverlychanging

    I love a hint of lime in my food. The pictures alone look good enough to eat. I also think this is a recipe I could incorporate into my vegetarian diet.

    • IG:Suetanyamchorgh (@suetanyamchorgh)

    The Pico de Gallo looks chunky and tasty. I am so glad I saw this post. I can’t wait to try it out.

    • Tiffany

    It looks fantastic!! I actually haven’t tried this yet so I’m looking forward to giving this recipe a go! I think I’ll make it for a party!

    • Sara Welch

    Pico is such a necessary add on when I go to a Mexican place. This is a must try recipe!

    • Hey Sharonoox

    This looks amazing! Love this pic and I’m drooling right now over the salsa. I can’t wait to try this.

    • Alexis

    Tacos are a staple in our household and pico is always right there to accompany every taco night. This recipe looks amazing, we will definitely be trying it. Thank you

    • Alexa Brooks

    I usually buy Pico de Gallo at Trader Joe’s but your recipe looks amazing and so easy!

    • Blonde Seeking Ambition

    YUM! Your pictures are so bright – I can feel my stomach grumbling already! I love pico like whoa (that should be a T-shirt!)

    • Holly

    Oh, this looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this. I love trying new recipes!!

    • Claire

    Oh delicious! This looks so straight forward too! I must give it a go 🙂

    • Emma Riley

    Never tried to make a Pico de Gallo but it looks so delicious and looks perfect for my Nachos. I will definitely try to make this.

    • Nancie

    I like it that Pico de Gallo is chunky and not watery. With tomatoes coming into season soon, I’ll have to make this recipe.

    • Nicole

    I am a huge pico and salsa fan, I’m so glad I stumbled across this post! I can’t wait to give this version a go.

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