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Pico De Gallo is a popular and favorite topping for many Mexican and Southwestern dishes. From tacos to fajitas, a well flavored pico can positively push a dish over the top in the flavor category.

So whether you’re looking for a dip for some chips for the backyard barbecue or classing up a full on spread for a special evening, having a great pico de gallo recipe is essential in your cooking tool box.

Fish tacos with pico de gallo
Pico De Gallo on Fish Tacos

What is Pico de Gallo?

Pico de gallo is a chunky blend of jalapenos, onions, cilantro, and, lime juice, and tomato that can be flavored with a variety of different spices based on taste. The texture of a pico is much different than a classic salsa. Pico is diced and mixed together with the chunks remaining in tact for hearty, healthy loads of flavor. Salsa is blended into a puree, giving a much different texture and appearance.

How hot does Pico Get?

This truly depends on your taste. Jalapenos are the traditional pepper used to flavor pico, but you can go a little spicier by adding in seranos or even habaneros, if you’re really looking for heat. A crushed red pepper or cayenne spice is often added as well, or you can throw in garlic for to add a bit of a different flavor blend without quite as much heat.

This recipe will get you started with a great base, and then there’s a lot of fun that can be had with the flavors of pico, it’s just a matter of taste!

Pico De Gallo
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Prep Time 15 min Total Time 15 mins Servings: 4 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year



  1. In a bowl, mix tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, cilantro and lime juice

  2. Salt and pepper to taste


  • You can add diced fruit to make it sweeter/more tropical
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