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Pico de Gallo: Classic Fresh Tomato Salsa

 Our family happy place is Cabo San Lucas, a place that, before Covid, we tried to visit at least once a year.  We stay at Sirena del Mar, and once while we were there, we took a cooking class on making pico de gallo.  Pico de gallo is a raw version of salsa, which is cooked.  Salsa has a sauce-like consistency while pico de gallo is chunky, depending on the size dice you chop.

We use this as an accompaniment to tacos and fish, eat it with tortilla chips for a snack, and sometimes add a little chopped fruit for a bit of sweetness (our favorites are peach, mango, and pineapple.)  We learned a tip about pouring boiling water over the onions and garlic to take out some of the harshness of these vegetables, and while we do like that, especially when we add fruit, it is ok to leave out that extra step. 

 Check out these delicious ideas for more salsa:

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Author: Terri Steffes
Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

A fresh, classic salsa.
Prep time: 30 Mininactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 30 M


Pico de Gallo
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or more to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pour the boiling water over the onion and garlic.  Let the water drain completely, and let the vegetables cool.  This is a step that can be skipped, especially if you are using a mild onion.
  2. Combine all the other ingredients adding salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Store in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours to allow flavors to marry.


If you hate cilantro, replace it with flat-leaf parsley.

I like to seed my tomatoes so that the mixture doesn't get too juicy.

I seed my jalapenos to reduce the heat. If you like it hot, keep the seeds! Keep your hands away from your eyes after chopping peppers. Wash your hands as soon as possible after chopping.

You can peel the tomatoes, but why? :)

If you want, you can substitute green bell pepper for the jalapeno.

This makes about 2 cups of pico de gallo.

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  1. That looks positively amazing. I wish I could reach a chip right through my screen into that bowl, Terri. Thanks for joining the party this weekend.

  2. I hear Cabo is hopping again! And Cancun too. That salsa sounds delicious.

  3. I can't wait for tomato season here.....this is definitely going to be on my table.

  4. Love fresh salsa, and specially the classic one. This looks good and would go perfect as a side


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