Homemade Pico de Gallo

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This Homemade Pico de Gallo recipe is a fresh, delicious and very simple to make! You will only need 6 ingredients – tomato, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt!

Use this for your next Taco Tuesday as a garnish on your tacos, nachos, or even try it on my Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup! Trust me – it’s incredible.

Bowl filled with homemade pico de gallo.

WHAT IS PICO DE GALLO?

Pico de Gallo is an authentic Mexican salsa that is loaded with fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice. Everything comes together in one bowl and makes for the greatest dip and garnishment to tacos, nachos, or even my Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup!

HOMEMADE PICO DE GALLO

It was a game changer the day I decided to make my own pico de gallo at home. I had leftover ingredients in my fridge that needed used up, as well as some leftover Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup. Generally we top our soups with avocado, crackers or torn bread, and cheese. But this day, I thought to myself, why not try something different?

And from that moment forward, I decided that pico de gallo would become a staple in this house. Especially since we are huge on Taco Tuesdays. If I’m honest, it doesn’t need to be Tuesday for us to devour some form of Mexican food!

This Homemade Pico de Gallo recipe comes together in 15 minutes or less and in one bowl. What’s not to love about that? Easy to make and easy to clean up.

Bowl filled with homemade pico de gallo.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR HOMEMADE PICO DE GALLO

Full recipe for this Homemade Pico de Gallo dish can be found via the printable recipe card below. Simply scroll down and either Pin it to Pinterest for later or tap the print button!

  • Firm tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Jalapeños
  • Limes
  • Salt (& pepper if you prefer)

HOW TO MAKE PICO DE GALLO:

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Aside from the taste, there are two things to love about this recipe: it comes together easily and requires no cooking. Simply chop, toss to combine and then devour.

  1. Dice tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro, and onion.
  2. Toss the diced tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro in a glass mixing bowl.
  3. Next, add the juice of one full lime.
  4. Season with salt and black pepper (optional) – to taste.
  5. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container for 5-7 days.

Serve this with tortilla chips, garnished over a taco or nachos, or with burritos.

Bowl filled with homemade pico de gallo.

TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST PICO DE GALLO

  • For the best flavors, it’s important to use fresh ingredients in this recipe. Yes, even the cilantro! Don’t settle for dried or even partially dried cilantro. Fresh ingredients are always best.
  • Use firm, ripe tomatoes. Not only are they easier to chop (especially finely), they aren’t as watery or mushy. No one wants lifeless pico de gallo!
  • If serving at a party, I recommend doubling the recipe as well as making it a few hours prior to your guests arriving to guarantee freshness. Don’t forget to give it a good toss as the lime juice will settle at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Chop each ingredient as finely as you can. This will ensure that each ingredient makes it onto a tortilla chip for maximum flavor!
  • For a milder dip, remove the seeds and membrane from the jalapeños before chopping.
  • When handling the jalapeño, I do recommend wearing gloves. The juices will seep into your skin and remain there for a bit. Or simply avoid touching your face or near your eyes. Ask me how I know. 😀
  • When serving to garnish over nachos, tacos, or burritos – use a slotted spoon as the water and lime juice that settles will make your meal watery and soggy.
  • Looking for an easier way to chop fresh herbs? Try these 5-Blade Herb Scissors! They are honestly one of my favorite tools in the kitchen. I use them any time I need to chop herbs.
  • For the best flavors possible – allow the ingredients to mingle together in the fridge for 15-20 minutes minimum. The tomatoes will soak up the flavors!

Bowl filled with homemade pico de gallo.

Make sure to stir, stir, stir prior to serving this for a party or at your dinner table tonight! The juices will settle at the bottom with any water that is released.

TOOLS USED IN THIS RECIPE

  1. As mentioned above (& in any blog post that contains fresh herbs HA!), I love the 5-Blade Herb Scissors for chopping up the cilantro! So easy to use and wash. One of my favorite kitchen gadgets.
  2. Handheld Citrus Press – because I like to get as much juice out of my lemons and limes as possible!
  3. Glass Mixing Bowls – Its important to mix any dishes that contain an acidic item, such as the limes, in a non-reactive bowl to avoid any metallic taste.

OPTIONAL ADD-INS:

If you’re looking to change this dish up a bit and add even more flavor – here are some options that I would highly recommend trying!

Veggies:

  • Bell pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Avocado – my favorite addition! To this recipe and well, to anything! 😉

Sweeten it up:

  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches

Bowl filled with homemade pico de gallo.

If you end up making this Homemade Pico de Gallo recipe – please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!  Or be sure to tag me on Instagram (@withpeanutbutterontop) so that I can see your remakes. I love reading your thoughts, dietary swaps and any feedback you have!

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Bowl filled with homemade pico de gallo.

Homemade Pico de Gallo

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This Homemade Pico de Gallo recipe is made with fresh ingredients, easy to make and full of flavor! You will only need 6 ingredients and 15 minutes of chopping to make the best dip or garnishment. Great on tacos, burritos, nachos or even in Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup!
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Appetizer, Dip, Pico de Gallo
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings, as an appetizer
Calories: 31kcal
Author: Samantha Buckner

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds firm tomatoes, (chopped, I used roma tomatoes)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, (chopped)
  • 2-3 small jalapeños, (finely chopped *See notes below)
  • 1 lime, (juiced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, (more or less - to taste)
  • black pepper (optional - to taste)

Instructions:

  • To a glass mixing or serving bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and jalapeno.
  • Give the chopped items a good toss.
  • Squeeze fresh lime juice over the top, season with salt and black pepper (if using). Both to taste.
  • Toss to combine. Cover and place into the fridge for 15-20 minutes for the flavors to marinate.
  • Serve with lime wedges for extra lime flavoring.
    Be sure to give the pico a good toss prior to serving.
    Will last 4-5 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes:

  • Chop each ingredient as finely as you can. This will ensure that each ingredient makes it onto a tortilla chip for maximum flavor!
  • For a milder dip, remove the seeds and membrane from the jalapeños before chopping.
  • When handling the jalapeño, I do recommend wearing gloves. The juices will seep into your skin and remain there for a bit. Or simply avoid touching your face or near your eyes. Ask me how I know. 😀
  • When serving to garnish over nachos, tacos, or burritos - use a slotted spoon as the water and lime juice that settles will make your meal watery and soggy.
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NUTRITION:

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pico de Gallo
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 31 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 201mg8%
Potassium 318mg9%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1085IU22%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bowl filled with homemade pico de gallo.
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