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Pico de Gallo Salsa

Pico de Gallo Salsa

Pico de Gallo

Recipe Yield

4 cups

Cooking time

15 minutes

Rate this recipe

4 from 6 votes


  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes cored and chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano chile finely chopped, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and top part of stems or to taste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil optional
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt or to taste

To Prepare

  • Place the tomatoes, onion, chile, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil (if using) and salt in a bowl and toss well. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes before serving. Store any leftovers, covered, in the refrigerator.


16comments inPico de Gallo Salsa

  1. Maryann

    Sep 17

    I love this recipe and your show. Thanyou for your help . Iam from South America but was adopted so I know not to meny recipe s from my country . I would love to learn more so I can pass them on to my family and friends. God Bless you

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 20

      Thanks so much Maryann!

  2. Lois Rice

    Jul 01

    This is how I’ve made Pico for years now but with lots of garlic; and it’s a favorite snack with tortilla chips while playing games with my grown children and grown grandchildren. However, I’ve never added oil. What is the purpose of the oil? Maybe I’ll have to try it.
    Love watching your show and all the different dishes. Stay safe.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 04

      It is basically for flavor Lois, but you can leave it out if you prefer! Enjoy game nights with Pico 😉

  3. Pamm

    Apr 29

    I made this for friends last night and they said it was the best they ever had. I added a little extra jalapeno which was perfect for this group. Thank you Pati. Love your recipes.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 30

      So happy to read everyone approved, thanks Pamm!

  4. Judith Turmel

    Aug 18

    Really fresh and great balance. I will definitely make again and again

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 19

      So happy to hear this, Judith.

  5. martina pelayo-nelson

    Jan 17

    Hola Pati & Feliz 2016! I so love your show. I must add that I love love “el canto” that is a announcement for me to get up & “Bailar se ha dicho!”, then of course I prepare to enjoy your instruction & watch your “hermoso” sons partake with the cooking. It reminds me of my 3 sons when I kept them in our”Cocina”. They are great cooks too! Re your “Pico de Gallo”, would you pls pls enlighten me? I’m 1st born American Mexican,however I didn’t know this until I was ten years old. Anywho, my “Amada Mamà” taught me that “Pico de Gallo” Salsa was the(basic)fresh ground Dry Chile Picante mixed with sugar,salt & fresh ground Pepper, then drizzled over the Salsa &/or the “famoso” Pico de Gallo large Cup of Mixed tropical “fruta & veg sticks”..this is how my Familia in Guadalajara, Sinaloa, Baja & here in our beautiful States knew “Pico de Gallo Salsa”. Have we been incorrect as to which is the correct name? In other words, the mixture of the “Dulce/sweet & Picante powder mixed w/ salt & pepper(plus other spices as a option), is what differentiates this type of Salsa? I would love your expert knowledge on this. As Pico de Gallo seasonings have become very popular in the past 30+ years & I wonder IF this somehow rolled into the “Fusion” rage vs which really is or was. I hang on to my ol’ traditional “recetas”. However, I do have a open mind & teachable spirit. Your imput is of great value hence looking forward to your reply. With great affection & “Cariño”, the Spanglish Reina, Martina….or Martini for short, lolol….♡

    1. Pati

      Jan 30

      Hey Martina! Thanks for your message! There are as many Pico de Gallo Salsas as there are cooks, really. This one is a traditional one from the central area of Mexico but there are picos of all kinds, the main characteristics being: there are usually chopped raw ingredients, citrus and some kind of chile!

  6. maria de sevilla

    May 23

    need to learn how to make champorraro( mexican choco.) my grandmother made it for me.. please update for me my grandmother took to many steps…mmmmmmmm good thick con cannella…

    1. Pati

      May 26

  7. Paul James

    Mar 26

    Pati – I really enjoy your show and your cheerful enthusiasm for the food you are preparing and your wonderful family. I have written WYES New Orleans and asked them to carry you again, and I really enjoy your cookbook.

  8. ina

    Apr 10

    Can y put more videos please!

  9. Luci's Mom

    Feb 12

    I am new to watching your TV program, and now DVD it, so I won’t miss a single show. I have made salsa for years, but have never been able to make a really delicious Pico di Gallo, until now. My husband and I both love it. It tastes as good, if not better than the salsa we have eaten in Mexico many times. Muchas Gracias, my friend.

    1. Pati

      Feb 12

      My pleasure!

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