This classic Pico de gallo recipe is just the thing you need to brighten your day. It is extremely nutritious and pairs well with almost anything you want to add it with. Perfect for any meal!
Pico de Gallo is a classic Mexican dish that is simple to make as well as being very nutritious. It has a ton of flavor as well as being healthy and having low calories.
I remember when I first had Pico de gallo, I was blown away by how much flavor it has. I made it a point to always get it if I ever gone to any Mexican restaurant because I wanted to taste that explosion of flavor in which it contains.
How Do You Pronounce it?
When I first heard about this item, I had no idea how to pronounce it. It wasn’t until some person at Walmart corrected me and I finally learned how to say it!
In short, you should pronounce it like Peek-O-Day-Guy-O.
Once you get the hang of it, it’s actually really easy to pronounce.
Why You Should Make Pico De Gallo
Nutritious: Because of all the vegetables used in this recipe, you will definitely get a lot of nutritional values from every one of these items.
Keeps Well: It will stay delicious even if you decide to eat it the next day or the day after.
Better Than Restaurants: Because you are making this recipe from scratch, you can put a lot of personal touches to this item to make it suit your tastes better.
Is It Salsa?
Pico De Gallo is actually considered a variety of salsa.
Now at first glance you might see that Pico de gallo is chunky whereas the salsa you grown to know is sort of a smooth and creamy puree.
But I can guarantee you that it is salsa.
The only difference between the salsa you know and love and Pico de Gallo is that Pico de gallo typically always uses raw and diced ingredients. Salsa on the other hand usually uses roasted or stewed tomatoes which will give it that wet feel.
But overall, both are the same thing. Just a different variety, that is all.
What Goes Into Pico De Gallo?
Pico de Gallo is a really simple thing to make. It consists of an onion, jalapenos or pepper, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice and some seasoning. That is pretty much it!
Although you can customize it and add in your own favorite ingredients if you want. Heck I even seen some people put in corn!
All you do from there is dice up everything and mix it up. And that is basically it! You just made Pico de gallo.
It is just that simple!
Substitutions In This Recipe
There isn’t really that many substitutions you can make in this recipe as it consists of very few ingredients.
However you are able to add in items if you want.
For instance, I have seen some people add in corn to the recipe.
There are also recipes out there which feature mangos inside a Pico de gallo.
And if you want, you can even replace the tomatoes with cucumber as I have seen some people do that as well.
As long as you are happy with it, you can change it up however you like.
What To Use Pico De Gallo With?
Pico de Gallo can be used with a whole bunch of different foods.
Here are a list of some things you could pair it up with:
- Chips and Dip
But to be honest, you can literally pair it up with any kind of food you want. It is mainly just vegetables and vegetables go great with just about anything!
In fact, one of my favorite things to do is to add it inside a burger! You should try it as it will totally enhance the flavor and make it taste so amazing!
Tips For Making This Dish
- Dice up the ingredients into small pieces. Try to make each one the same size as the other so that everything mixes together easier.
- Use the ripest tomato you can find. One good tomato I would suggest is to use Roma Tomatoes as they are less watery. Try to use every bit of that tomato if you can.
- After you have mixed together all your ingredients, try to let it sit for awhile. so that they can marinate together. This will enhance the flavor and make it taste even better than before.
Storing Pico De Gallo
Storing: I am usually able to store this in the refrigerator for around 3 to 4 days at most.
Reheating: You should never reheat this. It is best served cold or at room temperature. If you heat things up, it’ll just get too watery and that will ruin the entire meal.
Freezing: I have never tried freezing this as I usually always finish it, but it should be able to freeze just like any other foods you make. But I wouldn’t recommend doing this if you were thinking about it.
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Pico de Gallo
- 1 1/2 pound ripe tomato diced
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 medium jalapeño diced
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- In a large bowl, combine the diced onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Mix it together.
- Taste a sample to see if it needs some more salt or not.
- Let it sit for about 20 minutes or longer so that the mixture can marinate together and enhance the flavors.