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Pico de Gallo

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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, but there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get them all done! Pico de Gallo {peeko de guyo} is also know as Salsa Fresca.

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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.

How do you make Pico de Gallo?

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…..

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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. 🙂

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Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo, also know as Salsa Fresca, is an uncooked salsa that contains tomatoes, white onions, and jalapenos, and sometimes also contains cilantro and lime juice!
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Course: Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: dip, appetizer, condiment, mexican, recipe, whole 30, paleo
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 36kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 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)
  • 4 Tablespoons lime juice (juice of 2 limes)
  • sea salt and 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.


Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1120IU | Vitamin C: 30.1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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    1. 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. 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!

  2. 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. 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!

  4. This looks so incredible! I’m always so amazed by your talent. Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

  5. Hey,I love pico de gallo!! I am growing some cilantro and can’t wait until I have a little more to try this!! Looks so delish! Thanks.

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