Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo, also called Salsa Fresca, is the perfect topping for all of your favorite Mexican dishes! Quick, simple, and fresh recipe.

pico de gallo in bowl with a couple of tortilla chips

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Pico de Gallo recipe

I love Mexican and Tex-Mex food. It’s definitely one of my favorite things.

I enjoy this Pico de Gallo (aka Salsa Fresca) with numerous dishes. It’s great on tacos, burritos, fajitas, tostadas, nachos, quesadillas, and scrambled eggs – or eat it with tortilla chips!

If you’re a fan of the famous restaurant that serves Margarita Chicken – then this is the perfect topper! Of course, this recipe is perfect for my Homemade Mexi-Melts, too! Try a scoop on top of my Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese!

Pico de Gallo is fresh, uncooked salsa. There isn’t the amount of liquid in a normal salsa. You can easily adjust the heat by adding more peppers to suit your preference.

salsa fresca - pico de gallo - on spoon

What is Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo is a fresh uncooked chopped salsa typically used in Mexican cuisine and is used in much the same way liquid salsas are used. This type of salsa is meant to be chunky, and each ingredient is easily recognizable.

The name translates to “rooster’s beak” and alludes to how people originally enjoyed this recipe by pinching the food between their thumb and forefinger. Native Sonoran Mexicans say the dish is named because the serrano pepper used for this recipe looks like a rooster’s beak.

Pico de Gallo ingredients

  • tomatoes – Roma or plum tomatoes are the best for this recipe
  • onion – I prefer white onions but any variety will work fine
  • serrano or jalpeno peppers – for more heat, keep the membranes and seeds
  • garlic – freshly chopped is best, but jarred will work in a pinch
  • cilantro – freshly chopped
  • lime juice – fresh squeezed is best but you can used bottled juice in a pinch
  • salt and pepper

Is Pico de Gallo keto?

Depending on your macros, yes, it can be part of a keto diet. This recipe has approximately 3 net carbs per one-quarter cup serving.

Pico de Gallo FAQs

Can this be made ahead?

You can, but I think it’s best when it’s made fresh. The texture of the tomatoes changes during freezing and thawing. It’ll still taste great, though!

Best way to store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. To help brighten the flavors after storage, you might want to add a splash more of lime juice.

Can I freeze Pico de Gallo?

I do not recommend freezing this recipe. It’s best made fresh with fresh ingredients.

Recipe Tips

  • I prefer to use Roma or plum tomatoes for this recipe.
  • Before using them in the recipe, salt the tomatoes and place them in a fine sieve to drain for about 20-25 minutes to avoid watery sauce. This will also help improve their texture and make the tomatoes taste better.
  • If you prefer, you can also remove the seeds from the tomatoes.
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Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

Yield:
1-1/2 to 2 cups
Prep Time:
20 minutes
Total Time:
20 minutes

Pico de Gallo, also called Salsa Fresca, is the perfect topping for all of your favorite Mexican dishes! Quick, simple, and fresh recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 serrano pepper or jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite Mexican foods.

Notes

  • I prefer to use Roma or plum tomatoes for this recipe.
  • Before using them in the recipe, salt the tomatoes and place them in a fine sieve to drain for about 20-25 minutes to avoid watery sauce. This will also help improve their texture and make the tomatoes taste better.
  • If you prefer, you can also remove the seeds from the tomatoes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 7

Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 16Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 4gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Please note that the nutritional information listed on this page is an estimation based on the products I used. Ingredients and nutritional information can vary greatly between brands. Always be sure to read labels.

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Originally published on January 11, 2013. Updated on July 23, 2021.

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