Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

Uses for Pico de Gallo

You can’t beat this authentic Pico de Gallo recipe over those in the grocery store. Most of them will mainly just have chopped tomatoes and onions. This has it all, as you’ll discover.

You can make this a day or two in advance. It goes best with fajitas and some use it with corn tortilla chips as an appetizer, like salsa. And some even add this to a pre-packaged salsa for enhancing the flavor. This is between mild and medium spicy so, for less spicy servings, reduce or omit the jalapeno pepper.

This recipe is related to Fajitas and Guacamole and we have those recipes as well. They’re here: Fajitas and Guacamole .

For more information about Pico de Gallo and its meanings, click here.

Fresh Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

Jeff Baygents
This fresh Pico de Gallo recipe is great with Fajitas or it can be served as an appetizer with corn tortilla chips. It tastes even better if prepared a bit in advance to set in the fridge for the flavors to meld, whether it's a couple of hours or overnight.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 29 kcal




  • 1 cup diced tomatoes You can alternately use canned drained diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1 pepper jalapeno, seeds removed, chopped small Sliced down the middle and remove the seeds. The seeds are what's the hottest! Avoid juices splattering in your eyes. Avoid touching your face and eyes. Wash hands thoroughly when done with jalapeno work.
  • ½ cup cilantro, freeze-dried chopped leaves Freeze dried, chopped leaves. Optionally use fresh chopped leaves, about ½ quantity more.
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice Can eventually use more to taste, although it's subtle.


  • Combine all ingredients, ensuring lime juice is last. Thoroughly mix-toss together. It's then ready to use. However, it tastes better if made in advance by a couple of hours or overnight.


  • You can store covered in the refrigerator for a maximum of about 3 days for usage; mix up again prior to each usage.


Calories: 29kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 195mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 246IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg
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