Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe - SOOOO so good with the lime juice and cilantro
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Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe

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Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe: Doing this one simple step during the process will MAKE this your favorite homemade pico recipe! 

Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe - SOOOO so good with the lime juice and cilantro

Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe

My girlfriend Kate came over the other day, and we had cooking on the agenda to create some recipes for the Slightly Homemade Dinners cookbook. A Catalina Taco Salad (yes, yum… right?) was on the list, and we needed some pico for garnish.

I looked at her and said,

Does our grocery store even have fresh pico?

She followed with,

No, but we can totally make our own… really easy.

So we rolled with it, and I’m SO thankful that we did. It was incredible.

Easy pico de gallo recipe - the cilantro and lime mixed with the tomatoes and onions are to die for! So fresh with one little trick.

There’s a Secret

I’ve never really disliked pico, but I didn’t realize how much better making fresh pico at home could be… than pico that’s pre-made at the store, or even served in restaurants. It seems as if a lot of pico is runny and soupy, which is… well, ok. But when Kate told me the secret step to amazing pico, is to scoop out the seeds and juices from the middle… it became a GAME CHANGER.

By doing this, it creates a whole new CRISP texture that’s incredibly hard to beat.

Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe - With using this technique, it makes an incredible fresh pico!

Now we ended up putting most of this pico on top of the taco salad that we made, but we completely finished it off with a bag of tortilla chips, in no time.

Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe - SOOOO so good with the lime juice and cilantro
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Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe

Fresh tomatoes, cilantro, onion with a pinch of salt and dash of lemon juice is all it takes to make this easy pico de gallo recipe. Pair with chips for the ultimate appetizer!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword appetizer recipe healthy, easy dip recipe, simple appetizer, simple pico de gallo
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings (makes about 3 cups)
Calories 16kcal


  • 5 roma tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 small white onion peeled and diced
  • juice of 1 lime or 3 Tablespoons of prepared lime juice


  • Slice the Roma tomatoes in half, scoop out and discard seeds.
  • Dice tomatoes and onions in small pieces
  • Mix in the cilantro, salt, and lime juice. Serve!


Super important to discard insides of tomatoes. This helps reduce juices and capture the texture desired.


Serving: 1serving (about 1/2 cup) | Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 149mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Vitamin C: 8.4mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe - With using this technique, it makes an incredible fresh pico!

Don’t be afraid to serve a side of this pico and chips as an appetizer at a party, or even as a side dish for your family dinner on a busy weeknight. You can make this recipe super quick and even eat on it for days as a snack!

Recipes that serve multiple purposes are my FAVORITE!

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6 thoughts on “Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe

  1. Sara says:

    5 stars
    Those this easy recipe. We made it twice in one week.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!! I’m so glad that you like it! Thank you for coming back and letting me know!

  2. Brenda says:

    Can you freeze Pico Dr Gallo?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Brenda! I’ve read that you can freeze tomatoes (which is the only thing I’d be questioning really) so I’m sure it’s ok! It just may lack that “fresh” flavor if frozen… but frozen-thawed pico is better than no pico, in my opinion! 🙂

  3. Melissa says:

    5 stars
    Just made this in prep for dinner tonight but cant stop eating it! So easy and yummy!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!!! I’m so glad that you liked it too! Thank you so much!

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