Pico de Gallo is a simple and fresh appetizer or side. Just a few ingredients are needed to make this classic recipe.
Pico de Gallo is such a great way to add a little fiesta to any meal. I love having it with sliced baked chicken breast or even with eggs in the morning. It’s also a wonderful way to add flavor without a lot of carbs but lets face it, I do love it with a chip. 🙂
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PICO DE GALLO AND SALSA?
Two differences between salsa and Pico de Gallo are texture and freshness. The ingredients, however, are typically very similar. Pico de Gallo is a fresh salsa that is usually chunky and doesn’t have as much liquid as salsa.
HOW TO MAKE PICO DE GALLO
- Dice tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno and cilantro and place in a bowl.
- Pour on lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Toss until combined.
- This is supposed to be a “fresh” salsa but if you are in a real hurry you can drain a can of petite diced tomatoes. I like using grape or cherry tomatoes for this recipe.
- If you don’t like heat or spice, omit the jalapeno. If you like heat, add a whole jalapeno instead of half.
PICO DE GALLO RECIPE VARIATIONS
Add a little twist to this pico de gallo recipe by adding in different ingredients. Some of my favorite additions are:
- Diced pineapple or mango
- Diced bell peppers, cucumber or corn
- Black beans
WHAT TO SERVE WITH PICO DE GALLO
I could eat this with a spoon and be happy but here are a few suggestions on what to serve with Pico de Gallo:
- Tortilla Chips
- Slow Cooker Taco Chicken
- Chi-Chi’s Corn Cake
- Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
- Southwestern Omelet Casserole
Pico de Gallo
- 1 cup tomatoes
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 1/2 jalapeno, diced small
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
- ground black pepper
- In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- This is supposed to be a "fresh" salsa but if you are in a real hurry you can drain a can of petite diced tomatoes. I like using grape or cherry tomatoes for this recipe.
- If you don't like heat or spice, omit the jalapeno. If you like heat, add a whole jalapeno instead of half.