How to Make Pico de Gallo

While you can find my Pico de Gallo in the Taco Tuesday Cookbook with recipes like the Mexican Short Rib Tacos, Salsa Verde Tacos, and others, I thought it was too good not to share with you guys so… I made a video to walk you through every step of this super-simple pico recipe.

Pico de Gallo Ingredients

Pico de gallo is the epitome of fresh food! So simple and SO SO Good!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the best homemade pico!

  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Jalepeño
  • Garlic
  • Lime
  • Salt
image: Woman in yellow shirt stirring pico de gallo ingredients together in a clear bowl.

How to make Pico de Gallo From Scratch

If you can chop tomatoes, you can make pico de gallo! The recipe does require a lot of chopping but it’s over with soon and lasts for up to 5 days in the refrigerator- totally worth it!

While store-bought pico de gallo might be slightly more convenient nothing tastes like this fresh, homemade version, plus you’ll be blown away by how easy it is to make it from scratch.

I always double the recipe, that way there is enough to go around on Taco Tuesday and all the leftovers can be used on top salads, grilled chicken, seafood, or simply by itself with a bag of chips.

image: woman chopping cilantro into small pieces on a cutting board

What can I use Pico with?

EVERYTHING but to be a little specific here are a few of my favorite dishes to top with pico de gallo:

image: three fish tacos laying flat on a white plate. Small dish of pineapple pico de gallo in background.

This list could go on for eternity, so I’ll stop now. Just know it’s good on anything you’d eat with guacamole.

Is Pico de Gallo Healthy

Made with all fresh ingredients its kind of impossible to be unhealthy unless you are allergic to tomatoes.

This is one of those recipes that proves healthy food, doesn’t have to be sad food! You can have flavor-rich meals and snacks while eliminating processed foods from your diet altogether.

In fact, I’ve laid out everything you need to know about eating better as a family, without sacrificing the flavors your spouse and kids love in this free ebook. You’ll find recipes, sample meal plans and more to help get you started eating better as a family. Get your free guide here!

image: Woman scooping pico de gallo in a medium clear bowl. Whole Pico de Gallo ingredients on the cutting board next to her.

Pico Dd Gallo vs. Salsa – What’s the difference?

Both are made with the same ingredients but salsa has a more smooth and liquid consistency and can sometimes be cooked. Some variations use corn, beans, or tomatillos, hence salsa verde but pico de gallo is chunky with each chopped ingredient being visible. However, both are equally delicious.

image: closeup of clear bowl filled with freshly made pico de gallo

With no further ado, I present the full recipe for the BEST Pico de Gallo:

How do you like to eat pico de gallo?

Homemade Pico de Gallo

Easy Pico de Gallo made with fresh ingredients and the perfect topping for any chip or taco!

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: dips
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 5 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 large red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and garlic.
  2. Add the lime juice and salt and stir to combine.
  3. Serve right away or refrigerate until ready to use.


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 32
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 301.5mg
  • Fat: 0.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.3g
  • Protein: 1.4g

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