Quick Pico De Gallo Recipe

Pico de Gallo is a basic and delicious Mexican salsa that is perfect for dipping chips or garnishing your Mexican dishes. "Pico" salsa takes minutes to throw together and makes any dish taste complete.

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Pico de Gallo Salsa

I could eat Pico de Gallo every day of the week.  I can’t seem to get enough of the fresh veggies with a little hint of lime juice.

We eat this delicious salsa on tortilla chips, salads and just about any Mexican dish.

Pico de Gallo is a simple recipe that takes just a few minutes to put together. You can make it your own by adding your desired amounts of spice and heat.

We have kept our recipe simple and basic to fit everyone’s preferences, but you can add whatever you want to your pico de gallo.

How to cut a Jalapeno

Jalapenos can be potent! They can also burn your cuts or eyes like an onion.

If you feel the need, you can wear some gloves before cutting your jalapeno. We recommend not touching your eyes or face when cutting a jalapeno.

Begin by cutting the stems off of the jalapeno.

Use your finger to strip the seeds off the jalapeno- just drag your finger along the line of seeds to remove them. You could also do this with a spoon.

Using your palm, press the jalapeno halves down on the cutting board. Cut the pepper length wise into long strips about a centimeter wide. Dice the strips into smaller pieces.

If you are looking for a little more heat in your pico salsa, you can add a few of the seeds to it.

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Step 1: Start by slicing your onions and tomatoes. You can dice these to your desired size. I like my tomato pieces bigger and my onion pieces small and thin.

Step 2: Cut your jalapeno as instructed above. Keep as many or as little jalapeno seeds as desired.

Step 3: Remove the leaves of the cilantro and dice them into small bits. I just use a sharp knife and slide it across the leaves multiple times until they reach a desired size.

Step 4: Add your chopped garlic. You can chop your own, but I prefer buying it pre-chopped in a glass jar at the store.

Step 5: Squeeze your lime juice over the top of your Pico De Gallo.

How to get the most juice out of your limes

I don’t know why this hack has been a secret for so long because it is life-changing!

Did you know if you microwave your lime for 20 seconds, you will get almost double the juice than just cutting your lime and squeezing it as is?

Who knew a little heat was the answer to getting all your lime juice?!

They will be oozing with juice and you will get so much out of them once they are heated.

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Serves: 6

Serves: 4-6

Quick Pico De Gallo Recipe

We love this fresh and light pico de gallo - it makes the perfect side dish!

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 4 firm Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 4 tablespoons diced cilantro
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced


  1. Dice tomatoes and onion.
  2. Remove some, all or none of the seeds in the jalapeno pepper depending on how hot you want it, then dice it.
  3. Remove leaves of cilantro from stems and dice.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon chopped garlic.
  5. Mix gently and squeeze lime juice over top.
  6. Mix gently and refrigerate for at least 2 hrs for flavors to blend.



36 cal


11 g


1 g
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