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Pico De Gallo

Pico De Gallo is a simple, fresh salsa with just a few ingredients. This recipe will have it on your table in no time.

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Pico De Gallo is one of my favorite things to eat simply because it’s fresh and easy to make. 

Skip to the recipe if you’d like, but I’d love to teach you more about pico de gallo, and how to make it at home. 

What is Pico De Gallo?

Pico de gallo is a type of salsa that is commonly used in Mexican cuisine. It contains few ingredients, and few tools to make.

What does Pico De Gallo mean?

Pico de gallo literally translates to Rooster’s beak. it’s believed that the name might allude to the bird feed texture and appearance of the salsa.

And many native Mexican residents also say the salsa is named because the serrano pepper resembles a rooster’s beak.

What ingredients are in Pico De Gallo

pico de gallo in a bowl

Pico de gallo contains just a few ingredients:

How do you make Pico De Gallo?

This is a is a relatively simple dish.  All you need is a knife, cutting board, and a bowl. 

You chop up the ingredients,  and refrigerate to let the flavors melt together.  Or, if you’re like me and can’t wait, eat it right then.

What’s the difference between Pico De Gallo and Salsa?

Pico de gallo is a salsa, but the biggest difference between it and what you would consider traditional salsa is just consistency.  

Traditional salsa contains some of the same ingredients as pico de gallo, the big difference is that Pico is typically chunky and consistency, while salsas are blended and have more liquid consistency.

Do you need a food processor to make Pico De Gallo?

You do not need a food processor to make this recipe.  You can use a food processor to make the process faster, but a knife and some chopping skills will do.

How long does Pico De Gallo?

Pico keeps for up to 1 week in the fridge, though at my house it never lasts that long!

What can I eat with Pico De Gallo?

I love pico with anything. Because it’s so fresh it goes well with just about any food. 

I put pico on salmon, burgers, I love it with steak, breakfast tacos, or fresh, sliced cucumber. 

Can I buy Pico De Gallo?

While you can buy pico de gallo, store bought/pre packaged options are usually more expensive, and lack flavor. 

I like making my own pico because I can control my flavors. If I want more lime, or more onion, it’s up to me! 

You can always dress up a store bought pico, but making it fresh is cheaper and always better. 

Recipe for Pico De Gallo

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Pico De Gallo

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  • Author: Mila Clarke Buckley
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 batch of pico de gallo 1x
  • Diet: Diabetic
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Delicious and fresh pico de gallo in just a few minutes!


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  • 68 vine ripened Tomatoes
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 serrano pepper with seeds (jalapenos and Habaneros may be used as alternatives)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup Lime juice
  • 1 bunch Cilantro


  • Finely chop tomato, onion, serrano peppers, and cilantro and add them to a bow. 
  • Add lime juice and salt, and toss until ingredients are coated. 
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour and enjoy. 
How to make Pico De Gallo | The Hangry Woman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Chopping
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
  • Calories: 31
  • Sugar: 4.2g
  • Sodium: 153mg
  • Fat: .3g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 1.4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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About Mila

Hi! I'm Mila.

I’m earning my Master’s degree in Applied nutrition.

I’m a journalist and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach living with  LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, a slow-progressing form of autoimmune Type 1 diabetes) I love food, travel, and my kitchen, and teaching you about diabetes self-management.

I’m here to help you live your best life possible diabetes by showing you how to create simple, blood-sugar friendly and delicious meals and tips on diabetes self-care.

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