Pico de Gallo: Food of the World – Mexico

Are you excited about this month’s Food of the World “Mexico” party?  Or are you burned out on Mexican food?  If the second is true, than we can no longer be friends! 😉  Okay, I’m just kidding about that part.

I absolutely love Mexican food, and can’t get enough it.  I was so excited for this month’s country because there are still several more dishes that I want to prepare, and there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get them all done.

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Pico de Gallo {peeko de guyo} is also know as Salsa Fresca.  It is an uncooked salsa that contains tomatoes, white onions, and jalapenos, and sometimes also contains cilantro and lime juice.

My version contains every one of those ingredients, and is ready in about 15 minutes.  The recipe is really just guidelines, you can easily adjust it to your tastes.  If you like it spicier use more jalapenos, or use Serrano peppers to really heat things up!    If you don’t like onions, you can use less.

Start by seeding the Roma tomatoes…..

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Then dice the tomatoes…..

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and the onions…..

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and the cilantro…..

Pico de Gallo cilantro cookingwithcurls.com

Finely dice the jalapenos and place the ingredients in a large bowl…..

Pico de Gallo lime cookingwithcurls.com

Stir to combine.  Add the lime juice, season with salt and pepper, and stir until fully combined…..

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Serve immediately with chips or on top of your favorite Mexican dish.   Did you notice that this salsa is the same colors as the Mexican flag?

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Store in the refrigerator for a few days, but you might want to drain the excess liquid before using.  I just scoop from the top, and leave the liquid at the bottom of the container. 🙂

We are not with the Mexican food just yet.  I have a few more recipes coming up this week for this month’s Cooking with Astrology “Gemini” meal.  It’s okay to jump up and down with excitement!! 😉

Don’t forget to scroll down to the link party and add your Mexican recipes.  Then mark your calendars, because next month we are traveling to France!!


Pico de Gallo

Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Condiment, Snack
Pico de Gallo, also known as salsa fresca, is an uncooked salsa made with tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos.


  • 12 Roma tomatoes (seeded and diced)
  • 1 Large white onion (finely diced)
  • 3 jalapenos (seeded, veins removed, and finely minced)
  • 1 Large bunch cilantro (stems removed, chopped)
  • juice of 2 limes
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper (to taste)


Stir together tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapenos in a large bowl.
Add the lime juice, and stir to combine.
Serve immediately.


If making ahead of time, drain liquid before serving

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    • says

      Thank you Marcie!! I never get tired of it either. I could probably start a Mexican food blog and be as happy as a clam eating Mexican food every day! 😉

  1. says

    Lisa, I’m always up for Mexican any food! And, I could simply live off this stuff daily… sometimes I do! I love how you informed us with what tomatoes you use… this is the only way that I will eat raw tomatoes. I know, weird. But, I’m digging this and can basically smell it!
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  2. says

    I use pico de galo as one of the ingredients in my tortilla. I usualy make tortilla with minced beef and than top it with guacamole, sour cram and than with pico de galo and then i wrape it :). It makes the tortilla very juicy and full of flavor.
    Tnx for the recipe. Until now I used one from allrecipes but from now on this is my favorite one.

  3. says

    I have barely finished breakfast and yet my mouth is watering for some fresh pico de gallo. Believe it or not, I have never made this, but I expect to remedy that soon. I love your link up for Foods of the World. I will be visiting every blogger! I am visiting you from Totally Talented Tuesdays. Love your blog!
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