This Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe comes together in a matter of minutes! Fresh tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime, & garlic make this truly delicious.
This Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe is one of our most popular recipes (originally posted April 13, 2016), so I’ve updated it to include a how-to video! Enjoy!
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All hail this Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe. While this may be the easiest recipe EVER, it’s also one of my favorites.
But before we get to the recipe, I feel like we need to answer the # 1 question I always get:
What is the difference between salsa and authentic pico de gallo?
Salsa in Spanish means “sauce” and pico de gallo means “beak of rooster”.
So that doesn’t really tell us much does it?
Basically, salsa is more of a “sauce” aka more liquid and pico de gallo has much less liquid and tends to be more chunky! Also, some salsas are cooked while pico de gallo is always left raw!
And now for most asked question # 2:
Why is it called pico de gallo?
This is debatable and I’d love to hear more in the comments below if you have any insight!
From what I’ve read, however, there are two main theories about why pico de gallo or “beak of rooster” got it’s name:
- It resembles the colors of a rooster
- People used to eat it by picking it up with their index finger and thumb, which resembles a rooster’s beak
Regardless of the technicalities of this recipe, let’s just say, this easy pico de gallo is really ridiculously delicious . . .
and you should just make it already! 😉
For me, having a food blog means that I hardly ever get to go back to an old recipe and make it again, because I’m constantly testing and trying new recipes.
Most of the time it’s great, because I never get sick of any one particular recipe, but it kinda stinks, too, because there are a lot of recipes that I haven’t made in FOREVER (like this these Healthy Turkey Tacos Trevor requests at least once a month 😉 )
This Easy Pico de Gallo, however, in an exception. Over the past few months, I’ve made it to go with my Slow Cooker Carne Asada, my Loaded Chicken Nachos, my Cauliflower Taco Skillet, and . . .
All the chips.
Whatever the dish, this Easy Pico de Gallo immediately takes the dish to the next level. It’s bright, it’s fresh, and helllooo it’s full of flavor.
Did I mention that it’s EASY too? 😉
What is in the best pico de gallo recipe?
- Roma tomatoes
- Yellow onion
- Fresh lime juice
Basically all you’re doing is chopping tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and garlic. Place that into a large bowl and stir in some lime juice and plenty of salt.
Serve immediately if you’re absolutely needing some fresh pico right then and now (I can’t blame you), but I would recommend, if you can, making this ahead of time so the pico de gallo has a chance to chill and really build its flavor.
Honestly, this is best the next day. 🙂
And it’s seriously so so good.
Bright fresh tomatoes with my favorite herb: cilantro + spicy jalapeno, my beloved garlic, onion, and a generous squeeze of tart lime.
This is perfect with any of the above recipes I’ve mentioned, but really, just grab some chips and go to town!
Is easy pico de gallo healthy for you?
Yes. Yes. YES!
Other than that tortilla chip vessel you’re probably going to use to eat this with. 😉
I’d say this recipe makes enough for two to enjoy with chips, but it’s easily doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled, for when you want more!
This Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe is classic, fresh, and don’t forget, ultra delicious!
What are your favorite ways to use pico de gallo? Show me the yummy!
Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe
Equipment for this recipe
- 5 whole roma tomatoes diced
- 1/4 large yellow onion diced
- 1/4 cup Cilantro minced
- 1/2 large jalapeno pepper minced, seeded if you want a more mild taste
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 cloves garlic minced or pressed
- salt to taste
- Place all ingredients into a large bowl.
- Mix and season with salt, to taste.
- Cover and place in fridge until ready to serve!
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*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.