Pico de Gallo (Fresh Salsa)

Here is a popular Mexican salsa-style salad with an extra kick of spice that pairs well with Mexican tostadas, tacos, burritos, tortilla chips, and many more Mexican recipes.

What is Pico de Gallo?

Pico de Gallo is a Mexican salsa that is authentically made with tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime, and garlic.

Depending on your spice preference, you can add jalapeño or poblano peppers to increase the spice level.

Preparing this salsa and keeping it stored in an air-tight container is a great way to keep the pico de gallo fresh and flavorsome.

What is the difference between Pico de gallo and Salsa?

Pico de Gallo is made with freshly chopped ingredients and can be prepped ahead of time to serve with your favorite Mexican dishes.

Salsa is often blended in a food processor and will be smoother.

What ingredients are in a Pico de Gallo?

  • Tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Garlic cloves 
  • Bunch cilantro
  • Lime
  • Salt and black pepper
pico de gallo in salad bowl

Pico de Gallo Recipe

Popular Mexican salsa-style salad with an extra kick of spice that pairs well with tostadas, tacos, and tortilla chips. Unlike traditional salsa, you don't need to blend this in a food processor and instead serve this fresh.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings4 people
Calories (per serving)29.67 kcal



  • Prep ingredients and put in bowl
  • Stir to combine.
  • Serve


Serving: 1servingCalories: 29.67kcalCarbohydrates: 7.29gProtein: 1gFat: 0.15gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.06gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 87.78mgPotassium: 103.2mgFiber: 1.26gSugar: 1.68gVitamin A: 113.67IUVitamin C: 10.07mgCalcium: 27.99mgIron: 0.41mg
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Data source: USDA

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How to store Pico de Gallo?

Make the Pico de Gallo ahead of time and keep it stored in an air-tight container to bring out its best flavors.

Fridge4 to 5 days (squeeze extra lime)
FreezerAdvised not to freeze

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