Pico de Gallo

I'm not sure if I should blame it on the Summer Solstice or not, but I was really in the mood for something fresh and light to accompany my lunch today.  And what could be fresher than a delicious pico de gallo

Whether you call it a salsa or a side dish, pico de gallo is a flavorful accompaniment to any meal. And it's also the base to many recipes that you've already seen on La Cocina de Leslie, like my Easy Shrimp Ceviche and Chunky Avocado Salsa. (Just to name a few.)

I love pico de gallo atop carne asada, tacos, grilled chicken and even pizza.  Pico de gallo also makes a great dip for tortilla chips.  The possibilities are endless.

While traditionally, pico de gallo is prepared with vegetables representative of the colors of the Mexican flag, you can dress it up with chopped fresh mango, pineapple, oranges and even tunas (prickly pears).  

Pico de Gallo


  • 3 large roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 to 2 serrano chilies
  • Cilantro

Chop the tomato, onion, serrano chilies and cilantro.  You'll need about 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and season lightly with salt.  




  1. Raquel @ ErecipeJune 21, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    that is a nutritious and delicious recipe.I love onions and tomatoes and I usually partner it with fried fish =)

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  2. Yes!!!  I love pico de gallo with fried or baked fish!  Delicioso! :)  

  3. Nice colors, just like the Mexican flag! I love pico de gallo, at home we all do. Hugs, Mari

  4. I make this the same way just about once a week,.... we like it with so many foods

  5. Desertdreaming56June 21, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    One word...fabulous!!!!!!

  6. Your Pico de Gallo looks so yummy! Love the Mexican flag motif : ) So, what's the story behind the name "Pico de Gallo?" Is there one? Inquiring minds want to know ... actually my inquiring mind. LOL

  7. Ezzy, I tried to find search for the story behind the name "Pico de Gallo", but Señor Google had to many varying stories, none of which I didn't think made any sense. LOL   I've heard from many people, that's it's called "Pico de Gallo" because all the veggies are chopped very finely (hence the "pico") and the "galllo" part because it's spicy or "bravo" like a "gallo".  I'll keep searching for the real story. 

  8. This is one of my favorites as well!

  9. Yummy!  We love pico de gallo at our house.  I guess my husband might know more than I thought....  he once told me the colors represented the mexican flag.  I wasn't sure if he was making it up or if it had any truth to it.  Shame on me!

  10. You know what else is good with pico de gallo? Cottage cheese. Kid. You. Not.

    Try it, it might make you appreciate cottage cheese more ! lol