Appetizer | April 15, 2021

How to make Pico de Gallo

How to make Pico de Gallo!! I’m going to show you how to make THE  BEST fast and easy pico.  If there were any food in the world that would win best supporting role it would definitely be Pico de Gallo salsa. It completes anything and everything. It can be served as an appetizer, with an entree, a snack, for breakfast, lunch or dinner. On the side, on the top. Pico de gallo shines and makes every major role look even better (and taste better too).

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PICO DE GALLO AND SALSA?

Pico de gallo, also called salsa fresco, is a type of salsa. It’s made of fresh ingredients like tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, lime juice. It is a chunky salsa where as a more traditional salsa is more liquid to it, with cooked or fresh ingredients pureed. If you are looking for an amazing, famous salsa recipe check out our salsa fresca recipe.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN PICO DE GALLO

  • TOMATO
  • ONION
  • JALAPENO
  • LIME
  • CILANTRO
  • SALTAND PEPPER
  • GARLIC SALT

I DONT WANT ANY SPICE DO I HAVE TO USE JALAPENO?

Jalapeños typically are a very  mild spice. The larger the jalapeño the less spicy it is.HOWEVER, if you are taking zero chances try substituting the jalapeno with a green bell pepper or a poblano pepper.

HOW DO  YOU CHOP THE PICO DE GALLO SMALL?

Here is the best hack of your life. It’s not just for pico de gallo (I use it several times a week) but it sure works wonder. An ONION CHOPPER! All of the ingredients literally will be chopped up small and evenly in  MINUTES. They are less than $20 on amazon. Here is the one I’m loving right now. 

  • If you have any kind of pain in your hands
  • dull knives
  • dont enjoy cutting and lack knife skills
  • want the pico done quickly- this is for you!

HOW TO MAKE PICO DE GALLO

I start with my tomatoes. With pico de gallo you really can eye ball your ingredients around how much tomatoes you have. Chop your tomatoes, then add in your onion and jalapeno.

WHAT KIND OF TOMATOES ARE BEST

Roma tomatoes are a popular tomato for salsa fresco. they have more meat and less juice so they dont get super smushy and runny. However, you can really use whatever you have on hand.

WHAT KIND OF ONION IS BEST?

I LOVE to combine couple of different onions. For instance I used one small red onion and a couple of green onions. While all onions do have a “onion flavor” they still do taste slightly different and can add depth to your salsa.

ADD THE REMAINING INGREDIENTS

Add in your cilantro, lots of lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Mix it up and let it sit for a few hours before serving.

IS SALSA REALLY BETTER THE NEXT DAY?

It is! I mean, you don’t have to wait the next day to eat it. Heaven knows I always have to dig in immediately. The flavors of the salsa really blend together and taste so good after sitting for several hours.

HOW DO I STORE SALSA FRESCO

There are some really strong smells in salsa you will definitely want to store it in an air tight container so it does not make your fridge smell up like onion. Keep it in the fridge for about a week in that air tight container.

IS THIS SALSA HEALTHY?

YES! It is full of healthy vegetables- great for anti-inflammatory properties and healthy for your heart. These vegetables are also very low calorie!

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bowl full of fresh pico de gall and a lime
Pico De Gallo Salsa
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Healthy, fresh and easy Pico de Gallo has so many uses and can be tossed on so many diverse foods and meals. Thrown together in minutes were sharing all our tips and favorite products to make this the easiest and tastiest pico de gallo you ever made. 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Fresh Salsa, Healthy Salsa
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 58 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 12 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 limes
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop tomatoes, onion and jalapeno in to small pieces. Chop cilantro and stir in juice from limes and add garlic salt and salt and pepper to taste. 

  2. Allow ingredients to rest and flavors to marry for at least an hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

You can substitute half of a green bell pepper for jalapeno. 

use an onion chopper for quick and easy chopping. 

Nutrition Facts
Pico De Gallo Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 58 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 208mg9%
Potassium 647mg18%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2216IU44%
Vitamin C 45mg55%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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