Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo is a great addition to any Southwestern or Mexican dish

Pico de gallo is a great addition to any Mexican or southwestern dish. The fresh tomatoes, cilantro, and pepper are an easy way to brighten up tacos, burritos, and quesadillas.

Chopped Cilantro

The cilantro should be rough chopped

Pico de gallo, which is sometimes called salsa fresca, can also be served with chips and is a great addition to grilled fish and pork dishes.

The standard ingredients in pico de gallo include tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, and  Anaheim pepper with some lemon juice to bring everything together.

The biggest difference between this recipe for pico and a lot of salsa recipes is the pico is less processed, which helps the freshness in tomatoes come through.

It’s also why using the best tomatoes you can find is important to making a good pico.

Pico Veggies

Fresh veggies are important to making tasty Pico

If you like more heat, the Anaheim pepper can easily be replaced by a serrano, poblano, or jalapeno pepper.

A few dishes we like to serve this dish with are this classic taco recipe and beef enchiladas.

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Pico De Gallo

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 cup cilantro , rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion , diced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Anaheim pepper, diced
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • pinch of sea salt


  • Cut the tomatoes into small bite-sized pieces, dice the red onion and Anaheim pepper. Juice half a lemon and roughly chop the cilantro leaves.
  • In a small bowl, mix the tomatoes, onion, pepper, and cilantro with the cumin and a pinch of sea salt.
  • Cover and let the pico rest for a few minutes before serving.


When you're storing pico de gallo, it helps to drain any liquid that has accumulated before putting it into the fridge. Draining the liquid will help the pico last longer and help the tomatoes keep their taste and shape.
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Course: Appetizer, sides
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern
Keyword: Salsa


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Nutrition Facts
Pico De Gallo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 20 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 28mg1%
Potassium 180mg5%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 647IU13%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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