Learn how to make Pico de Gallo with this quick and easy recipe! It only takes about 10 minutes, calls for 7 simple ingredients, and tastes perfectly fresh and delicious every time.
A few weeks ago on Instagram, I shared my list of Mexican recipes that I was planning to make this year for Cinco De Mayo, and asked if you all had any additional requests. And amongst the hundreds of messages I received (which made my day, so happy to be in the company of Insta friends who love Mexican food as much as I do!), I noticed that there were three words that came up again and again…and again and again and again. Yes.
Pico de gallo.
Ha, guys, I had no idea how much you all love your pico! Also, I had no idea that this classic of all classic recipes was somehow missing here on the blog. Bah, this absolutely will not do for the blogger whose all-time favorite two foods are chips and salsa (<– with pico de gallo, of course, to thank as the original salsa that started it all). I’d say it’s high time to remedy this.
So for those of you looking for a stellar pico de gallo recipe to whip up for Cinco de Mayo this year — and hopefully, if you’re like us, as often as possible the rest of the year — here’s my favorite.
When I googled pico de gallo before writing this post, the first thing that popped up was actually a question — just what is pico de gallo? Translation: in Spanish, it literally means “beak of the rooster.” I’ve heard all sorts of stories over the years about why this is. Some say that the bright colors of the salsa resemble a rooster, others say that the diced salsa resembles bird food, others say that “pico” is referring to the word “picante” which means spicy, and on and on. Lots of theories. ;)
Bottom line, pico de gallo is a salsa from Mexico, also known as salsa fresca (fresh salsa), salsa cruda (raw salsa), and salsa huevona (lazy salsa). It’s traditionally made from chopped fresh tomatoes, onion, chiles (jalapeños or serranos), cilantro, salt and lime juice. It’s always served chopped, not blended or pureed or mashed. And it’s used in about a million ways, from sprinkling on tacos and tamales and tostadas, to scooping up with your favorite tortilla chips.
Pico de Gallo is basically the original salsa. And it’ll never let you down. ;)
That said, quality is key with the simple ingredients in pico de gallo. So try to source yours as seasonally and as ripe as possible. You will need:
As for the amount of each of these ingredients, it’s totally up to you. I have measured out my favorite ratios in the recipe included below. But pico de gallo is totally one of those recipes where it’s best to give it a taste and add more (or less) of what you love. For example, I love mine nice and spicy, so I usually add two (or three) chile peppers. Barclay isn’t as big of an onion fan as I am, so he prefers his with less onion (and more finely-chopped) than me. And as always, feel free to add more or less salt to taste. You get the idea.
So easy. Just toss everything together in a bowl until combined. Then dig in!!!
Really. Pico de gallo is always (in my opinion) best right after it has been prepared. But if you have leftovers, or if you’d like to make yours in advance, it will keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
Also, if you feel like mixing things up a bit, here are a few add-ins that are fun (feel free to mix and match):
And of course, there are endless ways that you can serve pico de gallo. I think that you could arguably sprinkle it on just about anything, but some classic include:
Also, pro tip! If you happen to have some pico ready to go, just mix it with some mashed avocados for an easy guacamole recipe! I often make a double batch, and use half of it for the guac, and then half for dipping as a plain salsa. Two for one!
That said, my favorite way to eat pico de gallo will forever and always be this right here. 👇👇👇
Chips and salsa for life!
Happy salsa-ing, everyone. ♡
Learn how to make Pico de Gallo with this quick and easy recipe! It takes less than 10 minutes, calls for 7 simple ingredients, and tastes perfectly fresh and delicious every time.
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!