Pico de Gallo (Fresh Salsa)

Add this popular fresh ingredient salsa to your Cinco de Mayo feast! Pico de Gallo is a simple condiment that enhances Mexican foods!

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At authentic Mexican restaurants you’ll be offered a variety of salsas; a pureed sauce with a smooth consistency like this Tomatillo Salsa Verde or a chunky salsa like I’m showing you here. Both varieties have some heat from the pepper, but when you chop up your own ingredients you can add the amount of heat that suits your taste buds.

I always pick jalapeño peppers to use in my foods because they’re easy to find and they’re not as spicy as the serranos. I’m still working on my tolerance for chiles. I know…so wimpy! I do like the flavor that chiles add to foods, I’m just not fond of breaking out in a sweat or guzzling a gallon of water while eating!

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Contrary to popular belief, the seeds in chile peppers are not what carries the the most heat! The highest concentration of capsaicin is in the white pith that is attached to the seeds. It’s true! I learned about that fun fact from an article in Cook’s Illustrated. I have since paid attention to the amount of membrane a chile pod has before adding the whole amount to my recipes.

Once you find your perfect combination of flavors, there is nothing tastier than homemade salsa! This is especially true if you use tomatoes fresh off the vine! We like to add pico de gallo like a garnish to tacos, tostadas or in burritos. That’s if there is any left after eating like a dip with tortilla chips!

Later this week I’ll share a delicious slow cooked meal that you’ll want to add this pico de gallo to, so be sure to pick up some fresh cilantro and tomatoes this week!

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Pico de Gallo (Fresh Salsa)

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 10 mins Yields 2 cups


  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup white onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small pepper (jalapeño) diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Juice of 1 small lime


  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Taste and add additional salt or peppers as desired.
  2. Serve as a condiment for any Mexican dish or as an appetizer with tortilla chips.


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23 Comments on Pico de Gallo (Fresh Salsa)

  1. Rachael says:
    April 27, 2015

    fresh salsa is THE best! we constantly are making pico de gallo in our house! this looks so refreshing for an afternoon snack!

    • April 27, 2015

      We add it to everything! Sure doesn’t last long though 🙂

  2. Christie says:
    April 27, 2015

    I adore pico de gallo. It is the perfect food to keep in the fridge all summer long.

    • April 27, 2015

      Pico de gallo is so simple to chop up! Makes it easy to keep it stocked!

  3. Shelby says:
    April 27, 2015

    Nothing better than fresh homemade salsa in my book. Looks delicious!

  4. April 28, 2015

    You just can’t beat a good, freshly made pico de gallo! This one looks delicious! I just need some chips… 😉

  5. April 28, 2015

    I love salsa and your looks so fresh and delicious. I would love to sit with a bowl of your salsa and chips. Pinned!

  6. April 28, 2015

    I can’t wait for all the summer veggies…I like to make my own pico de gallo too. Your recipe looks wonderful…can’t wait to try it!

    • April 30, 2015

      The fresh veggies do make a delicious difference! Love the warmer months 🙂

  7. April 28, 2015

    I am anxiously waiting for our weather to stabilize so I get my tomato plants into the ground and harvest homegrown vine ripened tomatoes so I can make this salsa.

    • April 30, 2015

      Coming from your own garden will make this salsa even better!

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