Fresh Pico de Gallo: A Burst of Mexican Freshness

Savor the vibrant flavors of Mexico with this Fresh Pico de Gallo. This classic salsa cruda, known for its fresh, uncooked ingredients, is a blend of ripe tomatoes, crisp onions, spicy jalapeños, and fragrant cilantro. It’s the perfect companion to chips, tacos, and just about any Mexican dish, adding a refreshing, zesty kick to your meals.

Fresh Pico de Gallo: A Burst of Mexican Freshness

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4-6 as a side
  • Serving Size: Approximately 1/4 cup


4 medium ripe tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • 15 grams (0.5 ounces or 1 tablespoon) fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, chopped red onion, minced jalapeños, and chopped cilantro.
  2. Squeeze the lime juice over the mixture and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss everything together until well mixed.
  4. Let the Pico de Gallo sit for about 5-10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  5. Serve as a topping for tacos, nachos, grilled meats, or with tortilla chips.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use the freshest ingredients for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the amount of jalapeño to suit your heat preference.
  • Letting the Pico de Gallo rest before serving enhances the flavors.


  • How long can I store Pico de Gallo? It's best enjoyed fresh but can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  • Can I add other ingredients to Pico de Gallo? Absolutely! Try adding diced avocado, cucumber, or mango for a twist.
  • Is Pico de Gallo spicy? It has a mild to medium heat level, but you can adjust the spiciness by adding or removing jalapeño seeds.