With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I thought I might as well create a new recipe or two, like this Easy Pico de Gallo. I mean why not? As many potatoes and rice that we eat - why not having something fast and delicious to put on them? Right?
The best part of all - is that this recipe requires NO cooking! I mean none, zilch, nada.
Slice up some tomatoes, onions, and a little garlic. Then add as much heat (via jalapenos) as you like and then toss in some cilantro (again, as much or as little as you like).
About as easy as it gets. AND.... you can literally spoon this on just about anything.
Add a little to your baked potato. Use it in place of those boring tomatoes you put on my Cauliflower Tacos every Tuesday night. Add it as a garnish to rice or pasta. The possibilities are endless.
What I like most about this recipe (besides how fast it is to make) is how FRESH it is. No bottled sauce or salsa can come close to the taste of something you made yourself with good, fresh, quality ingredients
Yeah, even if it's made in New York City 😉
Before we start, and for those of you who want to know.... pico de gallo literally translates to "roosters beak". Nobody's sure why - but one theory is the way people used to eat it - by pinching pieces between their thumbs and forefingers.
Thankfully for us, we have much better methods. Like dipping our own baked, oil-free corn tortilla chips.
Ok, with the history lesson out of the way, let's go make some salsa.
Easy Pico de Gallo
You know those little pint boxes of Cherry Tomatoes you see in the grocery store?
So we're going to rinse those tomatoes and then slice them up. Simply cut them in half, or even into fourths (if you want smaller pieces), then toss them into a strainer to drain while we continue.
Next, dice up about half of a medium-sized red onion. I measured it and it was about 1 cup. Try to match the size of the dice to the same size you cut your tomatoes. Add the onions to a large bowl.
Now we add some green onions too. I only used the green parts and a simple method of cutting them is just by using your kitchen scissors. I used about ¼ of a cup. You don't have to add green onions, but I like them and I like the color contrast between the red onion and the green. Your choice.
Next comes the heat. I know my tolerance to heat is probably different than yours. What tastes perfectly fine to me makes my wife go running for a jug of water. So feel free to adjust this to your own liking.
I used two large jalapenos. If you remove the seeds and membranes, it really cuts down on the heat. I cleaned one and left the other as is, seeds and all, and it was just right for me - but I do like spicy. You can always sub canned green chiles or green bell pepper. Make it the way you like.
Almost done - now add a little garlic. I used two large cloves that I minced pretty fine. You can always use a garlic press too if you have one.
Now comes the cilantro. Obviously, if you're one of
Don't forget to add the tomatoes too at some point. Almost forgot. They should be drained by now.
Finally comes the lime. I zested about half of my lime, so I'm guessing about a 1 tsp or
Now we season. I like to add a little Mexican Oregano and a pretty good pinch of kosher salt. Stir and adjust the seasoning to taste.
You can eat it right now, but it IS more flavorful if you cover it and let it chill in the fridge for an hour or so. THEN it's fantastic!
Simple recipe - told you so. And no cooking involved!
That's it for this week, keep the comments flooding in, and be sure and give this a like or share
See ya next week!Print
Easy Pico de Gallo
- Prep Time: 30 min
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 3 pints 1x
- Category: Sauce, Dip
- Method: No cook
- Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan
No bottled sauce or salsa comes close to the taste of something you made yourself with good, fresh, quality ingredients, like this Easy Pico de Gallo.
- 24-32 oz cherry and/or grape tomatoes (about 2 pints)
- 1 cup diced red onion
- ¼ cup diced green onions
- 1-2 diced jalapenos
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- ½ bunch chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp lime zest
- juice from 1 lime
- ¼ tsp Mexican oregano
- ½ tsp salt - or to taste
- Slice tomatoes into small halves or fourths. Place in strainer to drain.
- Add 1 cup finely diced red onion to a large bowl
- Add green onions and mix
- Add jalapenos and mix. Note: If you like it spicy, leave the seeds and membranes in one or both jalapenos. And if you REALLY like it hot - sub in a Serrano or Habanero Pepper)
- Add cilantro and mix.
- Add drained tomatoes and mix.
- Add lime juice, lime zest, and mix.
- Add oregano and salt and adjust to taste.
Keywords: pico de gallo, salsa
Great recipe! I use something very similar to this for the nutrition classes I teach. For the tomatoes, I use heirloom cherry/grape varieties. The different colours (red, orange, yellow, and brown) add visual interest, and the flavours from the heirloom varieties are fantastic.
Thank you for another winner!
This is almost exactly the way I make mine. Except I’ve never used oregano. I’ll have to try it. And I’ve always used whatever tomatoes I have in hand, we grow a lot of tomatoes in the summer and fall?
Great idea posting this, once people know how easy and tasty and versatile this is, there’s no going back.