Pico de Gallo….such a simple combination of flavors of items you most likely have in your pantry.
If I am having any kind of Mexican food….you can be sure there will be pico de gallo sitting on the side to add to any dish.
I love it sprinkled on the top of enchiladas, tamales, chimachangas, burritos, tacos, nachos…I could go on and on but you get the idea.
This little condiment consisting of tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, garlic and fresh cilantro…..is amazing!
I am sure you have heard of the trinity in Cajun cooking, which consists of chopped onion, chopped celery and chopped bell peppers.
Well, Pico de Gallo is the equivalent in Mexican cooking.
The Captain likes to use it as a salsa…and uses it as a chip dip.
And it is like a salsa except there are no tomato sauces or juices in Pico de Gallo.
In fact, I don’t want any extra juices so I seed my tomatoes, which is really very simple to do.
Just take a spoon or knife and “scoop” out the insides of a tomato, leaving nothing but the wonderful flavor of the tomato.
I like to use Roma tomatoes, because they are a firmer tomato which makes for easier dicing.
I do scoop out the insides of a fresh jalapeno, leaving a few to add the hotness that the Captain and I really crave.
Always wash your hands really well after handling jalapenos…and most importantly, do not touch your face, eyes or other important parts of your body, or you will have the most unpleasant burning sensations, that take forever to go away. 🙂 There is a reason I tell you this…and do I have a story to tell from many years ago…but that is another post! 🙂
The next time you make Mexican food….be sure to mix up a little pico de gallo.
The printable recipe is below.
You will be glad you did!
Have a great day!
- 2-3 Roma tomatoes, diced very small (seeded, preferred)
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped (red or Spanish)
- 1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (add the whole jalapeno if they are small)
- 2 stems of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 green onion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
- 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional, as it draws out the juices of the tomatoes and makes it runny)
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper (optional)
- In a medium bowl, combine tomato, onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, garlic and green onion.
- Salt and Pepper is optional, depending on your preference.
- Stir until evenly distributed.
- Place covered ... in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- If you don't have fresh garlic and would like to use garlic powder,use about 1/2 teaspoon