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Perfect Pico De Gallo Recipe

Pico De Gallo is a cool mixture of tomatoes, jalapeno, red onion and seasonings – a south of the border favorite that takes only minutes to make!

Perfect Pico De Gallo

My first experience with Pico De Gallo was at the Alamo Cafe in San Antonio, Texas.  A group of native Texan friends  convinced me that everyone who comes to San Antonio should experience a meal there. I’m so glad I went! Not only was the cafe absolutely charming, the food was wonderful.  Chicken Quesadillas I ordered came with a little pot of Pico De Gallo on the side  Trying to look like I knew what I was doing,  I jumped right in and smothered my quesadilla with the mix of tomato, onions and peppers. It was love at first bite!

What started out as just one of this foodie’s favorites in Texas has turned into a hobby to find new ways to use Pico De Gallo.   It has just the right flavor to top so many things  like grilled chicken, burgers, tacos, eggs, mixed into veggies and crackers.


  • It takes only minutes to make and adds incredible flavor to any dish
  • With fresh tomato, onion and jalapeno, it is a tasty and healthy alternative to heavy sauces
  • Contains tomatoes, which are a rich source of antioxidants, Vitamin A and Vitamin C
  • Pico De Gallo is versatile; use it alone as a dip, add it to melted cheese for incredible Queso, or spoon it over baked potatoes to name a few
Perfect Pico De Gallo recipe ingredients


  • Fresh lime juice is essential for this recipe. Use fresh squeezed lime juice for the best flavor with no added sugar.
  • Using fresh herbs is always best when the recipe calls for it, though sometimes the grocer doesn’t carry them or they are not in season.  When this happens I use re-hydrated herbs. Just soak the herbs in a few drops of water and the herb re-hydrates to almost fresh.   You can find jars of dehydrated herbs in the spice aisle or produce section of most grocery stores.
  • I always say this, but the best results start with quality ingredients, so use the best produce you can afford. Buy organic if possible.


Ingredients used to make Perfect Pico De Gallo recipe:

  • Fresh Limes – these stars of the produce aisle add amazing freshness and aroma.
  • Red Onions – milder than other onions and add beautiful color to any uncooked dish. They are crisp, slightly sweet but still have plenty of onion flavor.
Perfect Pico De Gallo

Perfect Pico De Gallo Recipe

Pico De Gallo for a tasty Tex Mex flair!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :5 minutes
Total Time :15 minutes
Servings :8
Calories :12
Course :Condiment


  • 6 roma tomatoes quartered lengthwise, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion diced
  • 1 medium jalepeno pepper stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice about 1/2 medium lime
  • 1 -1/2 tsp dried Cilantro or 3 tablespoons fresh, minced
  • salt and pepper


  • Place all of the ingredients into a small bowl and stir until well blended. Serve immediately or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Chef Tips

If using larger slicing tomatoes, it is not necessary to seed the tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 12kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 406IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 1mg

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Perfect Pico De Gallo - a cool combination of tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, lime and cilantro that only takes minutes to make!

Post updated January 2019


I’m Christine, a self-appointed foodie and almost empty-nester who is addicted to creating quick and tasty recipes that anyone can make. My goal is to give you the confidence and know-how to cook from scratch with easy, budget-friendly recipes. Welcome to my kitchen! Learn more…

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  1. Hi Hopeful, thank you for visiting and for the compliment:) Hugs- Christine

  2. Hello Hopeful, thank you so much! Thanks for visiting:)

  3. Hi Marie, thank you so much! I just know you will love this Pico:)Let me know how it turns out!! Thank you for visiting today and I hope you have a Happy Weekend!

  4. Hi there, thanks for the compliment and for visiting today! Let me know if you make up a batch of Pico and how you like it. Keep in touch:) Hugs – Christine

  5. Yum, that looks great, can’t wait to try it!

  6. Oh my I could eat a bowl of this right now! I’m definitely going to try this recipe this summer – yummy. Pinned it. So glad I found you at the Thursday Favorite Things Party 🙂

  7. Hi Melanie, thanks for visiting! Let me know how your husband likes the Pico…be careful, he may become addicted:) I hope you have a super weekend!!

  8. Yum~

    My husband is a native Texan, and this recipe looks like something he would love!

    I am going to have to give it a try.

    Hope you have a wonderful day today.
    (I came over on the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop).

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