Pico de Gallo – A Summer Staple!

This fresh Pico de Gallo sometimes referred to as Salsa Fresca is a summer food must have!  Fresh tomatoes, jalepenos and fresh lime juice bring this dish to life.  Simple to make this fresh homemade Pico de Gallo is a versatile topping perfect on salads, seafood, chicken and tacos of course!

Or just grab some tortillas and get dipping!

Close up of a homemeade Pico de Gallo in a blue Mexican style blue serving platter with nacho chips and sour cream


Homemade Pico de Gallo – Perfect for Summer Cooking!

When most people think of summer they think of watermelons, ice cream and cold drinks on the patio.  Me,  I think of those things too but I also think about fresh salsa.  I prefer Pico de Gallo vs the cooked salsa versions.  It’s best made in the summer when tomatoes are fresh!

Roma tomatoes are better for this type of salsa because they tend to be meatier but any tomato will do.  Just remember to remove the seeds so that you do not have a messy wet salsa soup.

To make dice about 5 Roma Tomatoes (remember seeds removed) 1/2 a red onion, 1 small bunch of fresh cilantro finely chopped to about 1/2 a cup,  1/2 a red onion diced, 3 cloves of minced garlic and 2 jalapeno peppers (seeds removed).  If you prefer less spicy use one or none it is up to you.

Ingredients for fresh pico de gallo - tomatoes, lime, cilantro, onion, jalepeno

Tips For Making Pico de Gallo Easier and Pain Free

Very important – see how I left the jalapeno pepper chopping until the end.  This is so you don’t tear up and wipe your eyes after cutting peppers.  Trust me from experience you will want to head my warning on this.

Once it is all chopped in the bowl and depending on if you listened to my warning or not you should be able to see a beautiful bright yummy looking bowl of goodness before you. If you didn’t listen to my warning.  Take this time to wipe the tears and runny makeup…

Now to finish this off squeeze the juice of one fresh lime and add a dash of sea salt and black pepper to your liking.  To get more juice out of the lime roll it back and forth pressing down gently on the cutting board to release the juices inside before cutting.

Overhead shot of a platter of nacho chips, sour cream and homemade pico de gallo inside a blue Mexican clay serving platter.

What Is The Difference Between Pico de Gallo and Salsa?

Pico de Gallo is more of a salad with visible chunks of tomato, chilis, onion and cilantro.  Dressed with fresh lime juice and salt.  Whereas, salsa is cooked and much more liquidy.  You can get chunky salsa but the ingredients are much less pronounced.   For more info check out this article on the Pepperscale blog.

Great Ways To Serve Pico de Gallo

Not sure how what to with Pico de Gallo?  Here are some great foods that go perfect with Pico de Gallo as a topping:

    • Tacos
    • Salads
    • Burritos
    • Rice
    • Eggs
    • Fish
    • Chicken
    • Beans
    • Nacho Chips – with some salsa and guacamole!

Homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe:

5 from 1 vote
Close up of a homemeade Pico de Gallo in a blue Mexican style blue serving platter with nacho chips and sour cream
Homemade Pico de Gallo
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Fresh homemade Pico de Gallo is great with nachos, tacos or over fish and chicken. A perfect summer addition to any BBQ party!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Appetizer Recipes, Healthy Snacks, Mexican Food, Pico de Gallo, Salsa, Snacks
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 55 kcal
  • 5 roma tomatoes seeds removed, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Chop or mince tomatoes, onion, jalepenos and garlic.  Place in a medium bowl.

  2. Add the juice of one lime and salt and pepper to taste and mix well. It is best served immediately or store covered in fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

If you are following the 21 Day Fix Meal Plan a 1 a cup of Pico de Gallo would qualify as 1 purple.  

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pico de Gallo
Amount Per Serving (264 g)
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.5g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Sodium 304mg 13%
Potassium 610mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 12.3g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
Sugars 7.1g
Protein 2.5g 5%
Vitamin A 90%
Vitamin C 60%
Calcium 3%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Perfect on tacos, grilled fish, with some fresh guacamole and chips, or on top of a salad, this versatile dish is a great addition many summer meals.  You can make it in winter too but for some reason I only make this in the summer.  I am weird like that – I have summer and winter foods.

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One thought on “Pico de Gallo – A Summer Staple!

  1. This Pico de Gallo recipe was a breeze to assemble and paired perfectly with fish tacos and nachos! I will be sure to add this recipe to my repertoire of summer dishes for potlucks and pool parties!

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