Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe

Are you trying to find an easy Pico De Gallo Recipe? Let us help you out with an easy step by step guide to making Pico De Gallo salsa at home.

Pico De Gallo is zesty, tangy, herby and sweet. It is real staple of Mexican cuisine, and easy to make. What’s not to like?

Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe


  • 1 cup of finely chopped small white onion
  • 1 medium finely chopped jalapeño – deseed to reduce heat, or leave in if you like heat
  • ¼ cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ teaspoon of fine sea salt or to taste
  • 1 and ½ pounds (8 small tomatoes or 4 larger ones) finely chopped red tomatoes
  • ½ cup of finely chopped fresh coriander/cilantro


Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.

Taste to check for seasoning. If you need more salt, add it now.

Optional – freshly cracked black pepper or a little olive oil. You can also substitute white onion with red onion.

For best results rest the Pico De Gallo to let the flavours combine – at least for a few hours, but preferably overnight in the fridge.

What is Pico De Gallo?

Also known as Salsa Cruda or Salsa Fresca, Pico De Gallo is a type of salsa made from raw ingredients and used in Mexican cuisine.

What Does Pico De Gallo Go With?

Pico De Gallo is very versatile and goes well with most Mexican dishes:

  • Burritos
  • Tacos
  • Tortillas
  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Nachos
  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Refried Beans
  • Tostadas
  • Quesadillas
  • Steak
  • Chicken
  • Pulled Pork
  • Avocado
  • Sourdough Toast

Authentic Pico De Gallo

Authentic Pico De Gallo has only 6 ingredients – equal amounts of diced tomatoes and onions, lime juice, jalapenos, cilantro (UK coriander) and salt. It can be fun to switch things up a little and add sweetcorn, pineapple, avocado or mango, however.

Are Pico De Gallo and Salsa the Same Thing?

Pico De Gallo and salsa are similar, but not exactly the same. Salsas are often cooked and blended, Pico De Gallo is make using raw ingredients and left chunky.

Is Pico De Gallo Vegan?

Yes Pico De Gallo is both vegan and vegetarian.

Is Pico De Gallo Spicy?

The addition of jalapeno pepper makes Pico De Gallo a little spicy, but you can leave it out or only add a little to make the salsa less spicy.

Is Pico De Gallo Hot?

Pico De Gallo is usually mild to medium in terms of heat, but you can adjust this easily according to taste. Remove the chilli seeds to reduce the heat, or keep them in and use more jalapenos if you want to increase the heat.

Can You Freeze Pico De Gallo?

You can freeze Pico De Gallo, but as with most foods that have been frozen it will change the consistency and freshness of the Pico De Gallo.

How Long Does Pico De Gallo Last in the Fridge?

Pico De Gallo will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge, if it is covered.

If you enjoyed this recipe try out our ‘Carne Asada and Homemade Tacos,’ post.

Or our Chimichurri Steak recipe.

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