Comfort Food Classics: Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo, also known as Salsa Mexicana or Salsa Fresca, is one of the most popular salsas in Mexico. And also one of the easiest to make.

Mexican Pico de Gallo Salsa -

Traditionally pico de gallo is made with fresh ingredients in the color of the Mexican flag (red, white, and green). I like to add even more color by using red onion. I also prefer to add fresh lime juice to my Pico de Gallo, because it enhances the flavors of the onion, tomato, green chiles, and cilantro.

Pico de Gallo is delicious served over just about anything, including tacos, quesadillas, carne asada, eggs, and even pizza. Or you can serve Pico de Gallo with bowl full of totopos (tortilla chips), because who can resist chips and salsa?!

For a fun twist, try mixing in chopped fresh mango, cucumber, grapefruit, pineapple, or tunas (prickly pears).
Salsa Mexicana (Salsa Fresca) -

Pico de Gallo

  • 3 large roma tomatoes, finely chopped 
  • 1/2 medium white or red onion, finely chopped 
  • 2 serrano chilies, finely chopped 
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped 
  • 2 limes (optional) 

Combine the tomatoes, onions, serrano chiles, and cilantro in a medium bowl. Squeeze in the juice of two limes; season with salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Spoon Pico de Gallo over tacos, quesadillas, and/or eggs. Or serve with totopos (tortilla chips). Enjoy! 


  1. 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. 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