Easy Pico de Gallo


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You are going to love this Easy Pico de Gallo recipe. The only ingredients needed are fresh tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and salt. So simple and authentic. You will find it great for dipping chips or topping your favorite Mexican dishes.

Easy Pico de Gallo recipe

Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe

Pico de Gallo, also known as Mexican salsa, is not only healthy but also delicious since it has great flavor. You may have first noticed it as an offering at Chipotle restaurants. This recipe is very similar, a CopyCat version of the one they offer. Only a few ingredients are required and you can make it in just a few minutes.

Homemade Pico de Gallo on a spoon.

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I typically serve fresh Pico de Gallo alongside my Slow Cooker Barbacoa and also my Slow Cooker Carnitas for dinner. You can make pico to serve with tacos, quesadillas, or burritos for dinner. Or serve with tortilla chips for a quick and easy appetizer.

Fresh Pico de Gallo salsa on a spoon

Sure traditional Blender Salsa is great, but I most often prefer this Pico de Gallo recipe. Typical salsa has more liquid and has the ingredients blended very fine. I like this recipe best because of the chunky ingredients which I find to taste a bit fresher.

Authentic Pico de Gallo on a tortilla chip.

Do you have taco night for your family? We have Mexican food at least once a week, usually more like two or three times per week. My husband often snacks on tortilla chips and salsa in the evening. So I usually have a fresh batch of this Pico de Gallo recipe on hand and made for both dinners and snacks. I have found that it stores well if covered and kept in the fridge for 3-4 days. Sure, we like it best when it is first made, but I find making it ahead of time works too! When I store it, I add a bit of lime juice to freshen it up a bit.

Easy Pico de Gallo with text.

Pico de Gallo Ingredients

  • Tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Salt

Pico de Gallo ingredients

How to make Pico de Gallo

First, you will need to dice your tomatoes and keep all of the juice. I use any type of tomatoes that I have on hand but the best kind of tomatoes for Pico de Gallo are Roma tomatoes. They have fewer seeds and have thick skin. Fresh diced tomatoes for easy Pico de Gallo recipe.

Next, dice the onions and the Jalapenos. I most often use red onion but a white onion will work as well. I typically use an entire Jalapeno diced finely. We like spice. If you are looking for a bit less spice, feel free to use only a half of a pepper.

Diced red onions and Jalapeños for Pico de Gallo.

Now, for the cilantro. I know many do not like the flavor, smell, or taste of cilantro. I personally love it! Making a homemade Pico de Gallo recipe allows for you to customize your salsa. If you would like to omit the cilantro, go ahead and do so. I suggest keeping the authentic flavor.

Chopped cilantro for homemade Pico de Gallo recipe.

Finally, we add lime juice and salt before mixing all of the ingredients together. If you should not have fresh lime on hand, store-bought lime juice works too!

Squeezing lime juice on top of Pico de Gallo ingredients.

As I mentioned, this recipe is so incredibly easy and so delicious. Serve it for your next potluck or Mexican dinner night. Having simple side dishes for Mexican dinners is always great. Here are some additional Mexican sides that I have shared:

Easy Pico de Gallo salsa in a bowl.

5 from 2 votes

Easy Pico de Gallo

By: Jen CIncyshopper
You are going to love this Easy Pico de Gallo recipe. The only ingredients needed are fresh tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and salt. So simple and authentic. You will find it great for dipping chips or topping your favorite Mexican dishes.
Prep: 10 minutes


  • 3-4 Tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeds removed and diced
  • 8-10 stems of Cilantro, diced
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • Juice of 1 Lime


  • Remove stems from cilantro, leaving only leaves.
  • Chop cilantro leaves.
  • Combine tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro in a medium bowl.
  • Squeeze lime juice over the bowl and sprinkle with salt. Mix well.
  • For best results, refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.
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Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman!

About Jen Cincyshopper

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  1. 5 stars
    As an authentic salad addict, I can’t deny any pico de gallo recipe. This easy Pico de gallo is also very suitable for my monthly vegetarian date. I will start with the recipe by this week.

  2. Thank you for such great recipes,and the right ones at the right times! Talk about good timing! I have enjoyed all your recipes and look forward to more. Thank you again. Fran