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Authentic Pico de Gallo {Salsa Fresca}

Pico de Gallo is a classic type of salsa served in Mexican cuisine.  It is also know as salsa fresca, salsa bandera or salsa crude.  It differs from other salsas as it is made from all fresh, chopped ingredients that include: tomatoes, onion, Serrano chili peppers and cilantro. Then, it is tossed with fresh lime juice and salt and pepper. This recipe is a traditional version of Pico de Gallo. 
sliced avocado on top of pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo is a classic type of salsa served in Mexican cuisine.  It is also know as salsa fresca, salsa bandera or salsa crude.  It differs from other salsas as it is made from all fresh, chopped ingredients that include: tomatoes, onion, Serrano chili peppers and cilantro. Then, it is tossed with fresh lime juice and salt and pepper. This recipe is a traditional version of Pico de Gallo. 

Overhead view of Pico de Gallo with avocado slices on top.

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What ingredients are in the Pico de Gallo (Salsa Fresca)?

  • White Onion
  • Serrano Chili Peppers
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Limes
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Avocado (for garnish, if desired)

Pico de Gallo Ingredients

How do I make the Pico de Gallo?

This fresh Mexican salsa is so easy to make! All you need to do is follow these simple steps.

Step 1: Prepare Ingredients

Prepare ingredients by dicing the Roma tomatoes and onion and add to a serving bowl. Next, cut the Serrano pepper(s) in half, seed them and remove rib. Then, dice finely and add to serving bowl. Then, remove cilantro leaves from stem, finely dice and add to serving bowl.

Stirring salsa fresca in a glass bowl.Step 2: Add in Lime Juice and Seasoning

Add in the juice of 2 limes, salt and pepper. Mix until well-combined. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Let Pico de Gallo rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Step 3: Serve and Enjoy!

Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and avocado cut into thin slices, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Authentic Salsa Fresca in a bowl with thinly sliced avocado.

Note: The Serrano chilis are all very different, and you won’t know how spicy each one is until you have cut it open and tried it. Some are quite mild and some are very, very spicy, so keep that in mind when adding the amount of chilis to your recipe. 

Salsa fresca with chips in serving bowl.

sliced avocado on top of pico de Gallo

Authentic Pico de Gallo (Salsa Fresca)

Pico de Gallo is a classic type of salsa served in Mexican cuisine.  It is also know as salsa fresca, salsa bandera or salsa crude.  It differs from other salsas as it is made from all fresh, chopped ingredients that include: tomatoes, onion, Serrano chili peppers and cilantro. Then, it is tossed with fresh lime juice and salt and pepper. This recipe is a traditional version of Pico de Gallo. 
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Pico de Gallo, Salsa Fresca
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 138kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 small white onion diced
  • 1 -2 Serrano chili peppers seeded and diced ***See note on chili peppers***
  • 2 pounds Roma tomatoes
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 limes juiced with seeds removed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 avocado thinly sliced, for garnish, if desired
  • cilantro leaves for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  • Prepare ingredients by dicing the Roma tomatoes and onion and add to a serving bowl.
  • Cut the Serrano pepper(s) in half, seed them and remove rib. Then, dice finely and add to serving bowl.
  • Remove cilantro leaves from stem, finely dice and add to serving bowl.
  • Add in the juice of 2 limes, salt and pepper.
  • Mix until well-combined. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  • Let Pico de Gallo rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and avocado cut into thin slices, if desired
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

***Note: The Serrano chilis are all very different, and you won't know how spicy each one is until you have cut it open and try it. Some are quite mild and some are very, very spicy, so keep that in mind when adding the amount of chilis to your recipe.***

Nutrition

Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 308mg | Potassium: 852mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2129IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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