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Pico de Gallo

This pico de gallo recipe only takes 5 fresh ingredients and 10 minutes to make! It’s the perfect accompaniment to chips or your favorite Mexican meal.

Pico de gallo in a bowl with chips around it.  Is there anything more simple and delicious than fresh, homemade pico de gallo on a hot summer day? I think not (okay maybe some iced tea or homemade gelat0)! I’ll admit, I love summer for the hot weather and the frozen treats and the swimming and all of those wonderful summer-y things, but one of my absolute favorite parts is all of the fresh produce. Strawberries, watermelon, corn on the cob, tomatoes, cherries, peaches…Ugh, I just can’t get enough!

Part of me secretly wishes that we could just enjoy the summer produce all year round. But then I guess I wouldn’t appreciate it as much if that were the case, so I’ll just have to try my best to enjoy it while I can.


Pico de gallo in a bowl with chips around it.
I remember when I was growing up my family would plant a garden every summer. By the end of the season, we’d usually have tomatoes and corn and peppers coming out our ears! I have fond memories of helping my mom bottle and can and dry tomatoes for use during the winter. I never appreciated it as much at the time when I was a kid, but now I realize how much I actually miss that fresh produce straight from the garden. For now, I’ll have to make the grocery store produce work for my recipes. Although, I’m definitely hoping to have a garden of my own someday!

Whether you are fortunate enough to enjoy tomatoes from your own garden or just from the grocery store, you’ll love how easy this pico de gallo is. With only five basic ingredients in the recipe, you’ll have this recipe whipped up in no time to enjoy on tacos, burritos, quesadillas, chips and whatever else your heart desires!

Ingredients in Fresh Pico De Gallo

  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Jalapeno

Pico de gallo ingredients in a bowl.

What is the difference between salsa and pico de gallo?

While these two Mexican dips share a lot in common, like the use of the same ingredients, there are a few differences between the two. With salsa, you’ll use the basic base ingredients of tomatoes, onions, and peppers, but the combinations from adding extra ingredients such as corn are beans are pretty endless.  Salsa also contains more liquid from pureeing instead of just chopping the ingredients. Salsa is sometimes cooked as well.

Unlike salsa, which can take on a lot of different variations, the ingredients in pico de gallo don’t typically change. Pico de gallo takes on a more fresh, chunky consistency and contains less liquid than salsa as the ingredients are chopped instead of pureed.

Pico de gallo in a bowl with chips around it.

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Pico de Gallo
Prep Time
10 mins
 

This pico de gallo recipe only takes 5 fresh ingredients and 10 minutes to make! It's the perfect accompaniment to chips or your favorite Mexican meal.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: dip, mexican, summer, tomatoes
Ingredients
  • 6 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 large white onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Place the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, salt in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Taste and add more lime juice or salt if desired.

  2. For the best flavor, allow to sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or overnight. Serve with chips or your favorite Mexican meal.

Recipe Notes

Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.