Pico de Gallo is a fresh Mexican salsa made from tomatoes, onion, cilantro and jalapeño. Top this over burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, flautas, tacos or salads!

It might be called salsa fresca (fresh Salsa) or salsa cruda (raw salsa) at your Mexican Restaurant and makes a delicious salad, topper or side!

pico de gallo in a fiesta looking plate

Fresh pico de gallo isn’t like cooked salsa! Pico brings out all the fresh flavors that you just wouldn’t get out of canned salsa! It’s sometimes referred to fresh salsa or salsa fresca on the label of containers and is usually sold in the refrigerator section. I can eat spoonfuls of this fresh Mexican salad and it’s even better over saucy enchiladas or beef tacos! Try it over our breakfast quesadillas or avocado toast!

Lime or Lemons?

Most recipes call for lemon or lime juice and if you have some use it, but did you know you can still make pico de gallo with just vinegar? It’s just as delicious and makes a fabulous substitute incase your’e ever out! I love to use simple ingredients and vinegar is a common pantry item that has enough acidity to compensate for the lemon or lime juice.

How to make Pico De Gallo:

Pico de Gallo

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Alyona's Cooking
Pico De Gallo is a fresh Mexican salsa made from tomatoes, onion, cilantro and jalapeño. Top this over burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, flautas, tacos or salads!

Ingredients

Pico De Gallo:

  • 5 small tomatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp White distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 Tbsp pickled jalapenos

Instructions

How to make Pico De Gallo:

  • Dice the tomatoes, onion and jalapenos. Combine all the ingredients and toss together. Keep refrigerated.
  • Serve with chips or top over enchiladas or burritos!

Notes

Note: Can substitute Roma tomatoes or 3 cups of cherry tomatoes. 
*Fresh cilantro, jalapeños or lime juice can be swapped out for those ingredients. 
*This pico de gallo is mild, omit the jalapeños if you do not like any heat. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingCalories: 21kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 88mgPotassium: 208mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 658IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg

Q&A

What is Pico de Gallo?

Pico de Gallo is a fresh Mexican Salsa made from tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice and garlic. Lemon juice or vinegar make great substitutes for the lime juice, so you can make pico anytime! Top it over your favorite Mexican food or use as a dip to tortillas!

What tomatoes are best for Picco de Gallo?

Tomatoes like Roma, have more flesh then juices, which make it perfect for enjoying in fresh salads like this. However, tomatoes off the vine or other larger tomatoes will work too, only they will release lots of juices which can be later strainer, if anything.

What’s a substitute for lime juice?

Distilled white vinegar has enough acidity to compensate for the lemon or lime juice called for.

What’s a cilantro substitute?

Dried cilantro or even parsley are great alternatives.

How long does Pico de Gallo Keep?

Pico can keep in the fridge for up-to 3 days, depending on the ripeness of your tomatoes and acid level. Acidity helps keep the tomatoes fresh longer.

What to serve Pico de Gallo with:

Fresh Pico makes a great salad, topper or dip! I love it especially over enchiladas! Here are some ideas of how to bring it to use:

Salsa Mix-ins:

Salsas are very versatile! Here are some creative mix-ins:

  • pineapple chunks
  • mangos
  • peaches
  • bell peppers
  • cucumbers

Tips

  1. Mix-in pineapple or mango chunks for a fruity flavor!
  2. Use pickled jalapeños when out of fresh!
  3. Dried cilantro makes a great substitute to fresh!
  4. Let salad sit to merry in flavors!

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    • Al

    This Pico de Gallo tastes amazing with breakfast-quesadillas! Thank you!

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