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How To Make Pico De Gallo Salsa

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If you love Mexican food as much as I do then you have to have a homemade Pico de Gallo recipe on hand so you can whip it up every time you serve your favorite Mexican recipe.  If you have never made Pico De Gallo before, don’t worry, it’s simple.  Just follow these simple steps on how to make Pico De Gallo and you’ll be all set!


how to make pico de gallo salsa


Homemade Pico de Gallo is so much better than any salsa you could ever buy in the store.

Using just a few basic fresh ingredients, you can whip up this classic Mexican Pico de Gallo recipe in the time it takes to dice up a few ingredients.


how to make pico de gallo salsa


One of the best things about making your own homemade Pico de Gallo recipe is that you can make it as spicy as you like by adjusting the amount of the ingredients. If you like it hot add another jalapeno. If you don’t care that much for a strong cilantro flavor decrease the amount of cilantro.

Since it is so close to Cino de Mayo, I decided it was time I shared some of my favorite Mexican recipes to make at home. This homemade Pico de Gallo recipe is perfect for topping off these delicious baked chicken taquitos or homemade tacos.


how to make pico de gallo salsa


For this homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe, you’ll need:

8 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
2 TBSP lime juice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste


how to make pico de gallo salsa


How to Make Pico de Gallo

Once you’ve chopped, diced and juiced all the ingredients, just add them to a bowl together and stir well.  It’s that simple!

Using a hand juicer helps so much when juicing limes and lemons.  It helps to keep the seeds out, get the most from your produce and keeps your hands clean!  I make a lot of my own dressings so this hand juicer is used all the time in our house.


how to make pico de gallo salsa


Tips for taking the seeds out of a jalapeno:

It’s simple to remove the seeds out of a jalapeno without ever having to touch or mess with those pesky seeds!

Place the jalapeno on a flat surface or cutting board.  Lay your hand on top of the jalapeno and with enough pressure, roll the jalapeno back and forth under your palm.

You want enough pressure that you’ll hear the membranes begin to separate from the edge of the jalapeno.  Once you no longer hear the membranes separating, slice the top off your jalapeno and you’ll be able to dump the seeds and insides right out.


how to make pico de gallo salsa


Print this homemade Pico de Gallo recipe card below:


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how to make pico de gallo salsa
Pico de Gallo

This homemade Pico de Gallo recipe is perfect for your favorite Mexican dishes.  By making Pico de Gallo yourself, you can adjust the taste and flavor according to your preference.

  • 8 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 red onion diceed
  • 2 tbsp lime juice fresh
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Combine ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to mix well.

  2. Cover and refrigerate until serving.


Enjoy some other favorite authentic Mexican Recipes for Cinco de Mayo or anytime you crave the flavor of Mexican food:


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how to make pico de gallo salsa


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  • Reply
    Sarah Bailey
    April 20, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Now this sounds like a delicious salsa I can just imagine using it in a nice wrap, perhaps with chicken yum!

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    Jacqui Odell
    April 21, 2018 at 2:01 am

    I have never tried making this on my own. I need to try it! My husband would love it and since I could do it with out the onion it would be perfect!

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    Waren Jean
    April 21, 2018 at 4:24 am

    I love salsa! I think this is one of the reason why I always go to mexican restaurant. Definitely printing the recipe!

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    Kate Andrews
    April 21, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    This looks so fresh and delicious! My husband loves to make his own salsa and this looks amazing.

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    April 21, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    I love how easy you make this look. Mine has never come out this pretty. I am going to try and really pay attention to your photos once I try again.

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    April 22, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I love salsa! i think it’s best to eat as addition. And it’s healthy enough too. Perfect to me.

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    DD's blog
    April 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    This sounds and looks so good that I just saved the post into bookmarks. I will try it as a diet dinner, reminds me of summer. Yummy

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    Chelsea Leigh
    April 22, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    I love making salsa and I make it the same way except I use the Vidalia sweet onions instead of red onions and I add green onions just because haha! I always liked the chunkier salsas so pico de Gallo salsa is definitely my fave! Fresh & Chunky!

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      Kristi Ann
      April 22, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      I love green onions, I am so adding them next time I make this!

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    April 22, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    I have never tried these before and will love to make it. Delicious! Thank you for your recipe 🙂

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    April 23, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I love salsa and glad to read about this post for all the necessary ingredient. I din’t know it is that simple. Tasted few times in restaurants in the states while traveling to California. We don’t have that much of salsa exposure in the place where I live – Singapore.

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    April 23, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Oh yummy! I love Mexican food too and you can never skip on the salsa! I’ve never made my own before but it looks way better than any jar or packet one I have had, I will have to try this next time!

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    Esme Sy
    April 23, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    This looks incredible and delicious. I remember eating at that one Mexican-themed resto (Gringo is the name) and it completely blew me away with how scrumptious their food are. I’m going with your style and add more jalapenos for mine.

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    April 23, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    We always buy ours. Never gave much thought in making my own. Looks really good, I think I’ll try it on our next taco night!

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    April 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I don’t frequently eat Mexican food, but I think I may like this sauce! It sounds like a great combo of freshness and spiciness!

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    April 23, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    This is so easy to make and quite colorful to the eye. Adding it to my recipes to try it in my kitchen.

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    April 23, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Looks so fresh and healthy! Your guide looks very easy to follow, I’m looking forward to your homemade guacamole post.

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    April 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    I do love pico de gallo, it’s so good with tacos but also with any spicy mexican recipe. I don’t like coriander, so I would leave that out. I have made this recipe before though and it was such a great success in my family.

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    Elizabeth O
    April 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    This looks really lovely. The salsa looks really gorgeous and the recipe looks really simple and easy to make. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Melanie Frost
    April 23, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Your pico looks so fresh! I especially like that it isn’t runny. I don’t always enjoy the mess that I get from Pico Di Gallo. This is a great recipe.

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    Samuel frodo
    April 24, 2018 at 10:58 am

    This is awesome, I love salsa. Love sounds like an understatement, lol. This is beautiful and seems really practical and doable. I am glad I came across this

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    Ayana Nell
    April 24, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I like the watery salsa best…I’m anti chunks! But my sister LOVES pico de gallo so I will have to share this one with her!!

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    April 24, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    This looks and sounds so delicious, and perfect quick recipe to make and eat it fresh. I would love to try this out myself.

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    April 25, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Looks so yummy and fresh. I can have this anytime.

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    Aerial | Five Kids and Stopping
    May 7, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Looks yummy! Can’t wait to try it.

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