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Perfect Pico de Gallo

Updated on November 3, 2012

Pico de Gallo

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Funny Name, Good Eating

Pico de gallo is a Mexican food dish that is nutricious and delicious. It is also called salsa fresca or salsa mexicana. It is a condiment made of fresh vegetables. The staples of this dish include fresh tomatoes, onion, and chili (jalapeno or serrano) peppers. Variations of pico de gallo can also include lime juice, cider vinegar, cucumbers, radish, cilantro, and firm fruit. Pico de gallo is spanish for "beak of the rooster". It was called this because originally it was eaten with the forefinger and thumb, which resembles a rooster pecking food (at least this is the explanation my research gave).

This condiment is great with tortilla chips, tacos, fajitas, and quesodillas. It is also great served in sopa de pollo (see my recipe) with slices of avocado and lime wedges. Give this fresh salsa a try. It is delicious.

Pico de Gallo aka salsa fresca
Pico de Gallo aka salsa fresca
Scoop up this delicious salsa with a chip.
Scoop up this delicious salsa with a chip.
Sopa de pollo (see my recipe) topped with this amazing pico de gallo.
Sopa de pollo (see my recipe) topped with this amazing pico de gallo.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Several Servings


  • 3 medium ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 tbsp jar kind)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 medium limes (juice only)
  • to taste salt and black pepper


  1. Place all vegetable ingredients in the food processor and process until diced small.
  2. Pour diced vegetables into a medium bowl with a lid. Pour in the seasonings, vinegar, and lime juice. Stir to blend well. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour to blend the flavors.
  3. Serve chilled with tortilla chips, Mexican food dishes, or as a topping for sopa de pollo.


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      Becca 5 years ago from Southwest Georgia

      Thanks Susan. My husband has either a bad cold or the flu so I made Sopa de Pollo (chicken soup with rice) to help him feel better. We just ate this pico de gallo with our sopa de pollo about 30 minutes ago. It really is quite good. Hope you enjoy!!!! Hope to see you again soon.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your recipe showed up at the perfect time as I'm making fajita's tonight and your pico de gallo will go so good with them.