The best pico de gallo recipe around. How to make fresh salsa with garden tomatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro and garlic with a splash of lime. You may also like our corn, tomato & avocado salad!
We are so crazy for salsa around our house. Especially homemade salsa! Whether it is salsa verde, mango or pineapple salsa, you can bet when a bag of chips come out in our house, these salsas get DEVOURED.
On May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) last year, we were looking for a restaurant while we were traveling and stumbled on a Mexican restaurant with balloons, free ice cream, and a meal for 5 dollars. Turns out they were celebrating Cinco de Mayo! I had no idea about Cinco de Mayo until then.
This year we’ll be making my favorite meal on May 5th…Tacos! I’ll share our family taco seasoning recipe later in the week, but for now, here’s a recipe my mom and dad have been living on lately. What does pico de gallo mean? It literally means “beak of a rooster”. Silly, right?
Pico de gallo literally translates as “Rooster’s Beak” or “pecked from a rooster”. So how in the world did this delicious vegetable dip get its name? I’m really not sure! It could be that people ate it with their finger and thumb, or that it is little pieces of vegetables that resemble minced food a rooster might eat. Or that the poblano pepper is shaped like a rooster’s beak.
Wikipedia has many different options on what it means, but I’d love to know the real reason!
There is really not much difference as far as flavor goes. It is more of a texture difference. Pico de gallo is diced vegetables, almost like a salad that you can eat with fork or spoon.
Salsa tends to be smoother and “soupier”, meaning you’ll have to spoon it on top of your favorite burritos or enchiladas…or scoop it up with chips! You can find our favorite blender salsa here.
This Pico de Gallo has onions, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro and peppers, salt, pepper and a touch of lime juice. We use two types of peppers for our fresh salsa recipe: both poblano peppers and jalapeno peppers. Poblano peppers aren’t quite as spicy as jalapeno peppers but give the pico de gallo great flavor.
Supposedly, to my parents, this recipe is the best and they’ve worked hard to perfect it to their liking. The artist in me loves the colors of this. Aren’t they pretty?
Yes! It is full of fresh vegetables and has very few calories. I’ve been known to scoop it up on celery sticks for a low-carb snack. It’s a great way to add flavor to meats during a Whole30.
The flavors will blend and become stronger if you make this side dish in advance. We actually prefer eating it the day we make it, but we do let it refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
I prefer to keep my pico de gallo in a sealed container in the refrigerator for not more than 3 days. I’ve found that the tomatoes soften and get “mushy” after awhile. We never have a problem using this up though!