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What’s in pico de gallo? Made of diced onions, sweet tomatoes, spicy jalapeño, coriander and zesty lime juice, this salsa brightens any Mexican dish.

  • Makes2, Makes 2 cups
  • Prep time5 minutes
pico de gallo

Ingredients

  • 3 large vine-ripened tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 fresh jalapeno chilli, seeded, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves and stems, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbs olive oil

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 41kJ/10 Cals (0%), Protein: 0.2g (0%), Fat: 1g (1%), Sat Fat: 0.1g (0%), Sodium: 7mg (0%), Carb: 1g (0%), Sugar: 1g (1%), Dietary Fibre: 0.4g (1%).

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Method

  1. Step 1

    Combine the tomato, garlic, chilli, onion, coriander, lime juice and oil in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Season. Cover with wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour to develop the flavours.

Recipe tip

Pico de gallo can be made several hours ahead or even the day before. The texture will become softer, but the flavours more developed.

Serve with grilled meats, fish or vegetables.

COOK. STORE. SAVE.
Clever storage:
Any leftover pico de gallo can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 day.

Pico de gallo recipe

What is pico de gallo? It’s a Mexican salsa that consists of raw diced onion, tomato, serrano or jalapeño chilli, coriander and lime juice. Unlike the salsas you can buy in a jar, pico de gallo has less liquid and more bite to it compared to saucy salsas. The pico de gallo meaning? Salsa bandera, translated to ‘flag sauce’, is another name for pico de gallo, because it resembles the Mexican flag’s red, white and green colours. You can find pico de gallo being used as a topping on a multitude of Mexican dishes like tacos, nachos, burritos, guacamole, and rice and beans.

How to make pico de gallo

  • When selecting pico de gallo ingredients, choose the reddest tomatoes so that they are ripe and sweet. Remove the watery core and seeds, then dice the flesh. If you’re using cherry tomatoes, allow the pico de gallo to marinate for longer so that the firmer flesh of the cherry tomatoes gets infused with the flavours. 

  • Pico de gallo isn’t known to be full of large chunks of ingredients, but finely diced onion, jalapeño, coriander and tomato. So, dice your ingredients to be as small as possible.

  • Chop the onion and jalapeño first and let them sit in the lime juice and salt. While they are soaking up the seasoning, dice the tomatoes and coriander. Doing this allows the pico de gallo to become flavour-packed.

  • If your mixture ends up sitting in a pool of juices, here’s how to make a pico de gallo less watery. Add a pinch of salt to your diced tomatoes and set aside, allowing the salt to draw out the juices. Drain the juices and add the tomatoes to the rest of the pico de gallo. 

Serving pico de gallo salsa

Once it’s been sitting in the fridge for at least an hour for the flavours to infuse, serve the pico de gallo with a slotted spoon, so that any liquid can drain out before you add the pico de gallo to your food. You can add it to basically anything that you want to enjoy its punchy flavour with, like nachos, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas, eggs, breakfast hash, tortilla chips, beans and rice.

Love this recipe?

Have this recipe for pico de gallo on hand for whenever you want to introduce an extra layer of flavour to your Mexican dishes or brunch meals. For other fresh and tasty salsa recipes, check out these ones for mango and chilli salsa, peach salsa and strawberry and basil salsa

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Pico de gallo

Pico de gallo
  • Makes2, Makes 2 cups
  • Prep time5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3 large vine-ripened tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 fresh jalapeno chilli, seeded, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch coriander leaves and stems, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
    Description

    What’s in pico de gallo? Made of diced onions, sweet tomatoes, spicy jalapeño, coriander and zesty lime juice, this salsa brightens any Mexican dish.

    Method
    1. Step 1

      Combine the tomato, garlic, chilli, onion, coriander, lime juice and oil in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Season. Cover with wrap and place in the fridge for 1 hour to develop the flavours.