Learn how to make fresh pico de gallo at home! I’m sharing 3 different ways, plus lots of ways that you can customize it to make it your own!
Today we’re discussing pico de gallo. Or salsa fresca. Whatever you want to call it. Basically salsa without the juice. Salsa is typically blended so that the tomatoes and other ingredients are, well, blended together. Which makes it really juicy, and almost runny thanks to juicy tomatoes. Pico de gallo is chopped tomatoes, onion, and peppers. It’s fresh, uncooked, and perfect for loading up on tacos, nachos, or whatever else you want.
We’re going to discuss three ways to make pico de gallo and then I have lots of other ideas for you to customize it also! You’ll be a pro by the time we’re done.
Our classic pico de gallo here. It’s diced up tomatoes, onion, I use jalapeño peppers but you can use serrano or even a habanero as a substitute. We also add some salt, lime juice, and cilantro.
If you’re into tips & tricks on making food the best possible way, then you can check out Serious Eats and their post on Classic Pico de Gallo, where they discuss salting the tomatoes, setting them up in a strainer for about 30 minutes and then discarding the juice. This brings out the flavor in the tomatoes. To be honest, this isn’t something I’ve tried. Although I do find it interesting! And I may give it a try next time I make this, which will probably be next week.
We make a lot of pico de gallo in this house.
As for the onions, typically you will see this made with white onion. I went with red onion. White onions are great for salsa, and again, they are what you will typically see in a pico de gallo. Why did I go for red onion? It has a milder taste. It’s also a great option for salsa. Red onions are what you will find in dishes that are uncooked. If eating raw onion I will usually always go for red onion. Here’s a fun article about the differences in onion if you’re interested.
Now let’s chat about this Jumbo Pico de Gallo Salad. Such a fun idea right? I saw this on an episode of Pioneer Woman, when it was on Netflix, Little Miss loved to watch her cooking. But she made a version of a pico salad. Which I think is just genius! The perfect way to enjoy the freshness of pico. It’s the same as the classic pico de gallo, just make the tomato cuts larger, and the onion a little larger.
This is a great side dish to a mexican meal, or even to chicken or a steak. Plus it’s a wonderful way to use those fresh tomatoes from the garden right now.
Now moving on to the fruit side of things. A mango pico de gallo! Adds a little sweetness to the dish. Cut back on the amount of tomato and add the fresh mango. Keep the rest the same as a classic version.
Now we have the basics under control.
Some ways you can change this up?
Instead of mango: strawberries, watermelon, peaches.
Things to add to classic pico: avocado, cucumber, corn.
Or mix and match! A strawberry cucumber pico?
Some more salsa inspiration: