Pico de Gallo is a simple mixture of fresh tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno (if you like), and brightened with fresh lime juice, cilantro and salt. It’s SO easy to make and so delicious with just about any latin-inspired food, or simply with a bowl of tortilla chips near by!
How to Make Pico De Gallo
Pico de gallo couldn’t be easier to make! With such simple ingredients, here are some tips to make the best pico out there.
1. Chop your ingredients small: this makes it easier to scoop up on small bites of food so you get flavor in every forkful!
Pico de Gallo
A classic combo of tomato, onion, cilantro, and lime. Delicious as a dip for chips, or condiment over any latin-style food. Measurements are approximate. Adjust to taste!
small handful chopped cilatro (about 1/4 cup)
optional: 1 small jalapeno, seeds and membrane removed *SEE NOTE
If you’ve never worked with fresh jalapenos before, know that the heat is found in the membranes and seeds. This can irritate hands, and consequently face if you make contact. We suggest wearing food-safe gloves when working with jalapenos and being careful to remove membrane and seeds. Click here for more info!
I made this today and am excited to eat it. The only thing I would recommend is maybe mentioning in the preparation of the jalapeno is to use gloves if possible. I don’t usually cook with jalapenos and didn’t think to use gloves and now my fingers are burning :(. My mistake but it may help someone inexperienced with hot peppers. Thanks!! 🙂
I used raw garlic this first batch of the year – tomatoes (from the garden) cilantro, jalapeno,and red onion. I had forgotten the salt but later it helped offset the raw taste of the garlic. Next time I’ll try the pinch of sugar – thanks for the tip!
Yummy pico! Loved it! My hubby thought to put some in his tuna fish for a tuna sandwich and let me tell you, it was incredible! You’ve got to try it for a quick and yummy lunch. 🙂
I just found your website this morning and I rushed out to the store to get all the ingredients for the pico and chicken taquitos. Everything on your site looks delicious, can’t wait to try out all your recipes!!! Thanks!
I have been looking for a good recipe like this, but my family can’t have jalapenos. Has anyone tried it without them, or is there a good substitute? We can’t eat anything spicy, or hot.
Jennifer–I’d just leave ’em out! 🙂 They don’t add much flavor-wise, it’s just a heat thing.
I also add garlic, and a large serving spoonful of balsamic vinegar. My recipe would be about three times larger than yours, also. This is a great diet-food snack if you're careful with the chips! After having my hands burned from chopping jalapenos I learned to wear gloves, then I bought myself a KitchenAid immersion blender that has a wonderful chopper bowl. I always keep a jar of chopped onion in the fridge now, and a tiny one of chopped jalapenos in the freezer! We love our pico and pile it on our enchiladas as well as scooping it onto tortillas. Yum!
I make mine the exact same way but I ALWAYS put fresh garlic in it. So yummy!
delish!! just made this and im loving it. thanks for that taste of summer. 🙂
I just made this and it was perfect. Thankyou:)
I really like fresh pico de galo! It is so simple and yet so good.
Looks so good Kate! I'm totally buying stuff to make this this week!
Yummmm! I am so going to the grocery store tomorrow for chips and pico de gallo!
This looks YUMMY! These are the ingredients (except the peppers) that I add to avacados for guacamole.
And you inspired me to grow my own herbs. They are doing great so I'll have to go grab a handful of cillantro & make some of this.
My mouth is seriously watering right now.
I made pico de gallo for the first ever a couple weeks ago…and the recipe was exactly the same except I used white onions. I also didn't know to take the seeds out of the TWO jalapeno peppers I used and after burning my something fierce and also touching my skin with jalapeno on my fingers, creating an insane burning sensation, I put some of that pico in a smashed up avocado and it was divine! *swoon*
p.s. I live in Louisiana too and 2 big thumbs down for the weather!
Mmm, this will go nicely with my menu plan this week. Thanks Kate! I've never added garlic to mine. I like it traditional.
This will go perfect with your chipotle beef taquitos!! YUM!
yesssssss pico yesssssss
and because I'm even more of a jalapeno weenie than you, I put in some bell pepper.
I know, I know, I always think, "Garlic would be SO good," but the purist in me always wins out. Next time, I promise, I'll try it… 🙂
And SJR–you mostly want the leaves, but if a stem or so gets in there, it's okay. Stick around, girl, and we'll have you wishing you owned stock in the cilantro industry! 🙂
My husband was just commenting on Saturday that we needed to find a good recipe for pico de gallo and try making our own. Thanks for making my hunt so much easier. It looks delicious! I haven't done much with cilantro before; do you cut up the stems and the leaves, or just the leaves?
I love making my own pico/salsa! My family can't eat anything else. Just last week my little brother brought me all of the ingredients to make a big batch for him and his roommates. If I want more of a salsa-y consistency I add two cans of petite diced tomatoes and then put about 1/3 of the finished product into the blender and blend it for a few seconds. So good! I also add garlic to mine.Like Sara,
must get over my fear of jalapenos. must! that looks like SUMMER IN A BOWL! so yummy and fresh!
I'm with you on the QUICK and easy meals for summer. Funny, i'm leaning more and more that way for dinner ALL YEAR round!
We love making fresh pico! It's so good!! Perfect for summer too!
Love, love, love pico de gallo!! And the cilantro is a must. The first time I had cilantro I really didn't like it – reminded me of stinky feet. Anyway… now I love it and my pico de gallo is not complete without a large handful of chopped cilantro. YUM!!
That looks just fabulous! I have always thought you had to use garden fresh tomatoes too. I am going to try this with plain ole grocery store tomatoes. Thanks for trying it and sharing the results!
Recipes that don't require exact measurements always turn out the best 🙂 Looks delicious!!
I'm with you… plant killer. I'm not good with pets either, although I have never let one of my children go without water for days until they shrivel up, nor left them in a cage in the backyard and have them die of sun exposure:) Good news, right? So your pico looks exactly like mine, except I put in a pinch of sugar. I wish it wasn't my secret ingredient in practically every recipe, but it is. I'm gonna go make some pico de gallo. It is actually awesome first thing in the morning, because it turns scrambled eggs into a FEAST! Thanks…
Those pictures make me want pico at 6am! And that blue bowl makes my heart flutter. I think I need that too.
Like Krista, I put fresh garlic in mine too- probably not as traditional, but so good!
Looks awesome Kate
looks good! i just made a huge vat of pico for a friends fiesta party last weekend. i made mine pretty much the same, but i added a bit of garlic powder too. it just gave it another little flavor note. i LOVE pico!!!