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Pico de gallo, made with fresh tomato, onion and jalapeno, is perfect for serving with tacos or your favourite Mexican dishes. You can add a squeeze of lime juice if you like.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 1 medium ripe tomato, diced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

MethodPrep:20min ›Extra time:30min › Ready in:50min

  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomato, onion, jalapeno pepper, fresh coriander and spring onion. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Stir until well mixed. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving for best results.

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by Amy C.

This was good, but you forgot a lot of ingredients to make this great! First of all use LIME JUICE!!!! It really gives it that needed 'punch', I usually use a whole lime juiced. Also, I add some cubed up avocado, and usually I use fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. Add the lime juice for sure though and you won't believe the difference in this reicpe!-21 Dec 2006

by Sumchelle

Holy Hannah... After the changes I made, this is borderline perfection!!! I used two tomatoes (large dice), a half of a large red onion (really fine dice), one green onion (finely chopped), very little jalapeño, 3 sprigs cilantro, Low-Sodium salt, and some lime juice (didn't measure - just went to taste). I mixed it all in a colander, to drain juices. I might end up chawin' this all down before the Fiesta tomorrow!!!-02 May 2008

by Chef Adriana

The recipe is basic, it's not terrible, but you can add more to make it taste a lot better the authentic way. And I'm sorry but the picture you have up looks more like a mango salsa than pico de gallo... pico de gallo should be a little more wet than that and should have more cilantro & (fresh) garlic with some lime & maybe even avocado (tastes great!). I do add salt to taste but usually don't need pepper for salsa(yes pico de gallo is a type of salsa). You should always taste along the way as you're making it so that it fits your taste.-17 Mar 2007

This Pico de Gallo recipe is so simple to make and wonderful this time of year with all the fresh veggies

This Pico de Gallo recipe by Ruthie Knudsen, Cooking with Ruthie, is so simple to make and so wonderful this time of year with all the fresh vegetables available.

  • 1/2 medium onion, peeled
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and membranes removed
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1-2 teaspoon fresh lime juice, approx 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 ripe Roma tomatoes, halved

In blender add onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and 3 tomatoes-halved, blend at high speed for 15-20 seconds.
Add the remaining tomatoes, lime, and sea salt pulse until evenly sized.
Do not over mix and leave chunky.
Serve with tortilla chips!
Enjoy your Pico de Gallo Recipe!

This is a traditional Pico de Gallo recipe from a Mexican cookbook called “Truly Mexican”

Pico de Gallo is an essential side for Mexican food. It’s stuffed in things, piled on things, served as a side. It’s by far the most well known Mexican salsa. And it’s definitely no co-incidence that the red tomato, white onion and green cilantro/coriander represent the colours of the Mexican flag!

This is a classic authentic recipe for Pico de Gallo from a fabulous cookbook I got in Mexico called Truly Mexican. This cookbook, as the name suggests, is all about real Mexican food and there is an entire chapter devoted to salsas. And Pico de Gallo is the first salsa in it!

Can You Make Salsa Without Cilantro?

Yes, you absolutely can make salsa without cilantro. The perfect solution is to use fresh parsley instead.

In this recipe you can use either parsley or cilantro, but I chose parsley for its flavor-enhancing properties. It blends so well with the lime juice in bringing together the sweet, yet bold flavors of fresh tomatoes and red onion as well as the delectable bite of the minced garlic.

Photo Tutorial: How to Make Pico de Gallo

Start with fresh vegetables.

Pico de Gallo Recipe

With just a few ingredients and a few minutes this delicious recipe is ready!


1/2 cup finely diced onion (about 1/2 of a medium onion)

4 to 6 plum tomatoes (2 cups medium-diced tomatoes)

A bunch of cilantro (1/4 cup chopped)


Using a garlic press makes mincing a breeze!

1. Finely chop the onion and place it in a small bowl. Mince the garlic using a micro plane, knife or garlic press and place it into the bowl.

To add a little extra heat, keep the seeds and membranes when you dice. To decrease the heat, get rid of them!

2. Cut the lime in half and juice it (approximately 2 tablespoons). Add the lime juice and salt to the garlic and onions mixture and stir. Set aside while chopping the other ingredients to allow the onion and garlic to marinate in lime juice.

3. Slice the jalapeno pepper in half lengthwise. If you like it hot, dice it with seeds and membranes intact. If you would like it a little milder, remove the seeds and membrane from one or both halves, and then dice. Add to to the onion and garlic mixture.

Dice the remaining ingredients and add to the garlic and onions. Adjust according to your taste

4. Dice the tomatoes into medium chunks and add to the bowl. Roughly chop the cilantro and add to the bowl. Stir gently to combine.

5. Adjust seasonings to your taste. ***It is best if you cover and let rest for a few hours in the fridge to blend the flavors. (but it isn&rsquot necessary).

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  • 1 1/2 pounds (680g) ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch dice (about 3 cups) see note
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 large white onion, finely diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 to 2 serrano or jalapeño chilies, finely diced (seeds and membranes removed for a milder salsa)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) lime juice from 1 lime

Season tomatoes with 1 teaspoon (4g) salt and toss to combine. Transfer to a fine-mesh strainer or colander set in a bowl and allow to drain for 20 to 30 minutes. Discard liquid.

Combine drained tomatoes with onion, chilies, cilantro, and lime juice. Toss to combine and season to taste with salt. Pico de gallo can be stored for up to 3 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

How to Use your Pico de Gallo

One thing you need to know about any pico de gallo is that you can’t just make a little or enough for one meal, but that’s alright. I usually end up making a big batch of pico de gallo to last me a week. It’s a great way to add freshness and flavor to anything.

  1. Top off your pico de gallo on hummus for a fresh hit
  2. Make it a fresh garnish on your favorite Latin-inspired soups, like my Brazilian fish stew
  3. Add it to your loaded sweet potato fries
  4. Serve it with scrambled eggs in a tortilla for a breakfast burrito
  5. Toss with cooked pasta and olive oil
  6. Spoon over grilled vegetables for a citrus kick
  7. Add to your grilled meats or seafood
  8. Mix into sour cream and garnish with chives for a party dip
  9. Mash up an avocado with a spoon of pico for quick guac fix
  10. Stir in a spoonful into your tuna or chicken salad

Pico de Gallo

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An amazing pico de gallo recipe is essential for tacos and dipping chips in. The lively combination of tomatoes, onion, and cilantro enhances everything from grilled chicken to quesadillas. Don’t forget to pair with a homemade Guacamole recipe.

Game plan: The salsa will last up to 5 days refrigerated in a covered container.

This recipe was featured as part of both our Tomatoes! photo gallery and our Chile Pepper Recipes photo gallery.

Pico de Gallo Recipe (Fresh Salsa)

So what’s the difference between homemade salsa recipes like the ones above and pico de gallo? Well, for one, this pico de gallo recipe requires absolutely no cooking. Just some chopping and mixing!

Because there’s no cooking involved, pico is also a lot more chunky, and less liquidy than most salsa recipes.

How Long Does Pico de Gallo Stay Fresh?

Leftovers can be stored, covered, and refrigerated for up to 2 days. After that, it starts to break down and get mushy.

You could potentially freeze pico too. I haven’t tried it myself as I like to enjoy it fresh, and I feel the texture would be a bit mushy after thawing, but feel free to try it out!

homemade tortilla chips, add it to guacamole, mix it into rice or scrambled eggs, or use it as a delicious, fresh topping on tacos, baked potatoes, steak, chicken, pasta, and/or salad! Honestly, it’s so good you could even eat it on its own!

Here are some more recipe ideas to combine with your homemade Pico de Gallo:

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Pico de Gallo? Let us know in the comments!