Pico de Gallo – Fresh Salsa

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Pico de Gallo #freshsalsa #picodegallrecipes

In our family, Pico de Gallo… well.. them be fightin’ words round here.  Our family Pico de Gallo Competition began when my brother starting dating his now wife. My sister-in-law loves and I mean loves anything spicy.  She actually eats jalapeno’s whole! {I know, shes crazy! but she’s my sister-in-law and I lover her} Along with the love of jalapenos, she is also a fan of fresh salsa.  As a way to her heart, my brother would make fresh Pico de Gallo all the time.  He began slowly but has been perfecting his craft with additions like ketchup and sugar for more of a tomato flavor. They came over to visit us one day and made their fresh Pico de Gallo and thus the Pico de Gallo war began! You could say that my brother and I’s relationship is a little.. well.. competitive.  So when he made his fresh salsa, the battle was on.  I was determined to make a better and Healthier Pico de Gallo than him.  After several tries I think I’ve got my Pico de Gallo recipe down! Its definitely a winner!  So bring it on bro, if you dare! 🙂

To get started, remove the seeds and dice {cut up super small} 8 tomatoes on the vine {you could also use roma tomatoes as well}.

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Place in a bowl. Next, dice 1/4 cup of red onion and mince 1 garlic clove.

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Add to the bowl with the tomatoes. De-seed and dice up 1 red bell pepper and 1 jalapeno.

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Next a add 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro, 1 minced chipotle pepper from a can of chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, juice from 2 limes, and salt & pepper.

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Stir to combine.  Serve with tortillas or  along side a yummy Mexican inspired dish…. like my Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Tomatillo Sauce.

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Pico de Gallo #freshsalsa #picodegallorecipes

Pico de Gallo #freshsalsa #picodegallrecipes

Pico de Gallo – Fresh Salsa

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 cups 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Condiments, Gluten Free, Vegetarian



  • 8 tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup of red onion, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, de-seeded and diced
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large chipotle pepper, minced {from a can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce}
  • salt & pepper


  1. Add diced tomatoes, diced red onion, diced red bell pepper, diced jalapeño, minced garlic clove, chopped cilantro, minced chipotle pepper in a bowl.
  2. Top off with juice of 1 lime and salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Serve with tortillas or along side a yummy Mexican inspired dish…. like my Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Tomatillo Sauce.

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25 Responses
  1. Linda

    This sounds so good. Love fresh salsa. Thanks for linking to Saturday Dishes. Next week is chicken. Good and healthy.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

  2. Armadillo Pepper

    Recipe sounds great. I have some Cowhorn peppers growing and am going to try and substitute for your jalapenos. Thanks.

      1. Armadillo Pepper

        Hi Krista – Heat level is comparable to a Jalapeno (perhaps, slightly less hot). I like the flavor better of the jalapeno, but I have these growing all over the place. Cowhorns are longer (8 to 10 inches) but about the same diameter as a jalapeno.

  3. Diane Balch

    The Pico de Gallo wars I can see it as series…LOL. Yours sounds much more interesting than your brother’s, definitely healthier. Thanks Krista for sharing this recipe with us on foodie friday.

    1. Krista

      hahah.. I know. I told him the other day that if he is up for the challenge he can come over and make his “good” pico and I will feature it on the blog. We’ll see if he rises to the occasion. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Diane!

  4. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    I have that same towel! I love it! And that pick looks good! I can eat that stuff straight from the bowl! Pinned!

    1. Krista

      haha.. I know.. I noticed it the other day in a picture of yours, too funny. Homegoods all the way! I am so with you, I could eat the stuff with a spoon. Screw the tortilla chips… plus thats where the calories are anyway. 🙂 hehe

  5. Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner

    Krista, I love this summery salsa – fresh ingredients are the best. Hopefully we will have some garden tomatoes soon. Have a good night – pinned!!

    1. Krista

      So jealous… I tried fresh garden tomatoes last year and I couldnt get rid of the bug problem. I hope yours turn out, they are so good and juicy! Thanks for the pin love. 🙂

  6. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

    There is nothing better than fresh salsa! This Pico is right up my alley. I could eat it at every meal!!

  7. Cindy Eikenberg

    Oh yum, Krista, this looks so fresh and delicious, perfect for summer (and wonderful summer tomatoes!) Thanks for sharing and pinning! Happy Wednesday!

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