Serves a Crowd


August 21, 2010
4 Ratings
  • Makes 2 cups
Author Notes

Pico de gallo is a Mexican relish composed of raw jalapeno, onion, ripe tomato, lime juice, and cilantro. The ingredients are simply chopped and tossed. Pureed, you call this salsa. It is good on everything from tortilla chips, sandwiches, and eggs, to steak and seafood. The better question, really, is what is it not good on (dessert)? This recipe gives you the basic, everyday version, but I it is so easy to change pico de gallo up, that I have included other ingredients as options. This can be made up to 4 hours ahead and will keep in the refrigerator for several days. - Waverly —Waverly

Test Kitchen Notes

A wonderful pico de gallo. The onions, tomatoes and cilantro are well balanced. A punch of crisp cucumber, crunchy jicama, creamy avocado or sweet mango adds something special. Try it with any combination of the four. - Stephanie —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1 fresh jalapeno or 2 serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 pound fresh ripe tomato, any type
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup white or red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup jicama, cucumber, or ripe mango peeled and chopped (optional)
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped (also optional)
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Combine all ingredients in a covered storage container. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Add a dollop to anything and you'll soon want to eat it with everything.

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  • lapadia
  • Waverly
  • tulip549
Waverly used to be a lawyer and is now a mother 24/7. She has made a commitment to cooking for her family and absolutely loves it even when her family does not. She is teaching them, one meal at a time, to enjoy wholesome homemade food. She abhors processed food but recognizes its insidious nature and accepts the fact that her children will occasionally get some Skittles, Doritos, or the like. Her philosophy and hope is that if she teaches them well at home, they will prefer wholesome healthy foods when they go out into the world without her.

3 Reviews

tulip549 January 4, 2014
Wow! Great recipe!
lapadia August 25, 2010
Love this!
Waverly September 2, 2010
Thank you. Pico is always good to have around - it is very easy to make and it really does go with anything.