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After trying this homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe with fresh ripe tomatoes, red onion, and jalapeños, you’ll never buy the store-bought version again!

homemade pico de gallo in a glass bowl
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Pico de gallo is a fresh, flavorful sauce, like salsa but much milder, made from chopped tomato and onion, with lime juice, salt, and sometimes cilantro and jalapeños. It is also known as salsa mexicana or salsa fresca, and is used as a garnish and condiment with tortilla chips, on tacos, and in a variety of Mexican foods.

This recipe for authentic pico de gallo is simple and easy to make, and only takes about 10 minutes!

a hand dipping a nacho into pico de gallo sauce

It tastes very fresh, slightly acidic, and is spicy (can be adjusted to your own taste). It goes well as a dip with nachos, on tacos, fajita, quesadillas, in burritos, but also delicious with bread or grilled meats/vegetables. Actually, you can serve this fresh tomato salsa recipe to almost everything you can think of.

Ingredients

See recipe card for quantities.

Pico de Gallo Ingredients
  • Tomatoes → Use ripe and aromatic tomatoes, they are responsible for the main flavor of the salsa. I like to use ox heart or beef tomatoes.
  • Onion → Use red onion for color, or white onion.
  • Chili → In Mexico, pico de gallo is made with green serrano chilies or jalapeños. These are a bit hard to get in some countries (especially where I live), so a red chili pepper will do it too. Please adjust the degree of spiciness according to your own taste. The salsa tastes delicious even without chili peppers.
  • Coriander → Fresh cilantro harmonizes wonderfully with the sauce. If you don’t like cilantro though, you can leave it out or replace it with parsley.
  • Fresh Lime Juice → Gives the salsa freshness and a slight acidity!
  • Salt & Pepper → For seasoning.

Instructions

The recipe is super easy to make! Anyway, here you can find visual step-by-step instructions.

  • Cut tomato into small cubes, finely chop red onion, and fresh cilantro leaves. Remove the seeds and core from the chili pepper and finely chop.
  • Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Toss well! Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Pico de Gallo Recipe Step-1
  • Place all ingredients in a small bowl. Toss well! Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Pico de Gallo Recipe Step-2

Storage Instructions

Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. It will stay fresh for up to 2 days.

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pico de gallo - mexikanische salsa

Homemade Pico de Gallo

After trying this homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe with fresh ripe tomatoes, red onion, and jalapeños, you'll never buy the store-bought version again!
Author : Aline Cueni
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Prep Time :10 minutes
Total Time :10 minutes
Servings : 4
Calories : 16kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 ripe (400 g) tomatoes chopped into cubes
  • 1 red onion finely minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper or chili seeded & minced
  • 1 bunch (20 g) cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • salt & pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cut tomato into small cubes, finely chop red onion and cilantro. Remove the seeds and core from the chili pepper and finely chop.
  • Place all ingredients in a small bowl, toss well, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Notes

Chili: The authentic Mexican recipe uses green jalapeños. Unfortunately, in some countries, these are hard to find and can therefore be replaced by green or red chilies. 🌶 
Store leftovers for up to 2 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Delicious with tacos, quesadillas, or nachos.

Nutrition

Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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