Pico De Gallo
Pico De Gallo
5 from 4 votes
Unveiling the artistry behind the festive, vibrant pico de gallo, a traditional Mexican salsa that's as versatile as it is delightful. Dive into the origins, variations, and culinary tales tied to this cherished staple. 
Pico De Gallo

In the vibrant world of Mexican cuisine, there’s a fresh, zesty delight awaiting your taste buds: Pico de Gallo. Originating from Mexico, this colorful salsa is a staple in countless dishes, from tacos to fajitas.

Don’t let its fancy name fool you; Pico de Gallo, also known as salsa fresca, is refreshingly simple to make, yet bursting with flavor.

It’s a perfect blend of ripe tomatoes, crunchy onions, fragrant cilantro, spicy jalapeno, tangy lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. With its bright colors and lively taste, Pico de Gallo adds a festive flair to any meal.

Expert Tip: Use ripe tomatoes for the best flavor and texture. Look for tomatoes that are firm yet yield slightly to gentle pressure, with vibrant red color and a fragrant aroma.


Tomatoes: Ripe tomatoes provide a juicy, sweet-tart base. They add a burst of freshness and vibrant color to the salsa.

Onion: Crisp and pungent, onions lend a sharp flavor to Pico de Gallo. They balance the sweetness of the tomatoes and add a satisfying crunch to each bite.

Cilantro: Fragrant cilantro leaves bring a burst of herbal freshness to the salsa. Their citrusy undertones complement the other ingredients beautifully, enhancing the overall flavor profile.

Jalapeno Pepper: Spicy jalapeno peppers add a kick of heat to Pico de Gallo, elevating its flavor profile with a tantalizing zing. Adjust the amount according to your spice preference.

Salt: Just a pinch of salt enhances the natural flavors of the ingredients, making them pop and melding the various elements together harmoniously.

Lemon Juice: Tangy lemon juice adds a bright, citrusy kick to Pico de Gallo, balancing the sweetness of the tomatoes and adding a refreshing zest to the salsa.

Expert Tip: Adjust the amount of jalapeno pepper according to your spice tolerance. For a milder salsa, remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapeno before chopping.

Serving Suggestions

  • Enjoy Pico de Gallo as a classic appetizer served alongside crispy tortilla chips. Its fresh flavors and crunchy texture make it the perfect dip for snacking or party gatherings.
  • Use Pico de Gallo as a topping for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, or nachos. Its vibrant colors and zesty taste will add a burst of flavor to your favorite Mexican dishes.
  • Serve Pico de Gallo as a refreshing side dish to accompany grilled meats, seafood, or roasted vegetables. Its bright and tangy flavor will complement a wide range of savory dishes.

Expert Tip: Let the Pico de Gallo sit for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld together. This resting time enhances the taste and texture of the salsa, making it even more delicious.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make Pico de Gallo ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare Pico de Gallo ahead of time. However, it’s best enjoyed fresh. If making in advance, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Stir well before serving

Can I customize the ingredients in Pico de Gallo?

Absolutely! Pico de Gallo is highly customizable to suit your taste preferences. You can adjust the quantities of ingredients or add extra toppings like diced avocado, mango, or bell peppers for variation.

Is Pico de Gallo spicy?

The spiciness of Pico de Gallo depends on the amount of jalapeno pepper used and whether the seeds and membranes are included. Adjust the level of spiciness to your preference by modifying the amount of jalapeno or removing the seeds for a milder flavor.

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Pico De Gallo

Pico De Gallo

by Nabeela Kauser
Unveiling the artistry behind the festive, vibrant pico de gallo, a traditional Mexican salsa that's as versatile as it is delightful. Dive into the origins, variations, and culinary tales tied to this cherished staple. 
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Sauces & Dips, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 31 kcal



  • Finely dice the tomatoes and the red onion
  • Finely chop the coriander and the jalapeno pepper
  • Add all the chopped ingredients into a bowl and mix everything until well combined
  • Add the salt and the lemon juice and mix in
  • Serve alongside some tortilla chips and enjoy!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 31kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.05gSodium: 201mgPotassium: 330mgFibre: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1095IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Dips, Food, Pico De Gallo, Recipe, Salsa, Sauces, Summer, Tomato
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