Well, Pico De Gallo is a condiment that goes well with anything literally. I have put it in tacos and Doritos too. Whenever I Have some pico de gallo left I use it to top off my egg the next morning and I just enjoy it so much.
It goes well with so many things that if I start blabbering about it now, I’ll never stop and you will never know how to make this beautiful versatile condiment. We hope that you like this article. We are going to start with the basic and general question of what pico de gallo actually is.
What is Pico De Gallo?
Many of you might already know what pico de gallo is and those of you who do can skip this part. But for those of you newbies who do not have any idea what a pico de gallo is and wants to know more about it, let me give you a detailed description.
It is a Spanish word and when we translate it into English it literally means ‘Roosters Beak’. Now I have no idea why it is called so because the recipe has no rooster beak in it. Do not be mislead by the name. Pico de gallo is actually a fresh salsa made with finely chopped white onions, tomatoes, jalapeño, cilantro, and fresh lime.
It is the freshest condiment that you can simply make at home. It is easy and quick to make and it is delicious to taste. Once you eat it, you will be dying to eat it again. If you are eating it for the first time then you will wonder what you have been doing in your life until then without Pico De Gallo in your life!
It is also called ‘salsa fresca’. You can definitely see that it is a Mexican recipe and goes extremely well with Mexican dishes like burrito, nachos, tacos and so on. Thinking about it is making my mouth water. So without any further ado let’s get right into the workings of how to make pico de gallo at home.
How to Make Pico De Gallo (+Tips!)
The recipe is so simple that I wonder how can something so simple and easy be so delicious. I am not complaining but it is really strange. Usually, tasty food takes a lot of time to make (at least in my experience). However, pico de gallo can be made by using only a few ingredients with only a few steps.
Here is the list of ingredients that you will need to make the world’s finest pico de gallo.
3. Fresh lime juice
4. Lime zest
Step 1: Use tomato flesh and not seeds and juices – No one wants to make their pico de gallo too juicy or watery. So in order to avoid that only use the flesh of the tomatoes and not the juice or watery part of the tomatoes. Leave all the seeds behind too because they do not give a good texture and they are slimy to eat.
Step 2: Eat it right away or prep and store it for later use – Just know that the mixture will get a juicer with time. The tomatoes will be getting marinated in the salt and lime juice and it will release their own juices. You can use a fork to place the pico de gallo on your dishes to avoid the juices and leave it behind in the bowl.
Step 3: The quality of your dish will depend on the quality of your ingredients – You need to pick out good ingredients if you want to get a good tasting dish. Try to pick the summer tomatoes and stay away from the blend watery winter tomatoes. The quality of your ingredients really does matter in simple dishes like this one so make sure that you pick the finest of ingredients.
There are always different ways to do things. Instead of making the traditional pico de gallo that we have been talking about you can always make some tweaks in the recipe along the way. It is all acceptable as long as it tastes good. Here are a few recipe variations that you can opt for in this traditional recipe of pico de gallo.
1. For a creamy element, add diced avocado or cottage cheese on the top.
2. You can swap the tomatoes with some other tropical fruits like mango watermelon, strawberries, peaches, or pineapples.
3. Use sliced red onion or scallions instead of white onions.
4. For the extra crunch, you can add corn kernels or diced red bell peppers into the mix. I personally love this extra crunch so I sometimes do throw in some bell peppers.
5. Season it with ground cumin or coriander.
6. Add 1 cup fresh corn kernels, 1 1/2 cup black beans, and 1 teaspoon cumin to make a black bean corn salad.
Pico De Gallo Serving Suggestions
You can serve pico de gallo as a fresh salsa with nachos. This can work as an appetizer too. However, I like it more as a condiment that goes well with Mexican food. Try topping it on nachos, burritos, and tacos. Or you can also make your own burrito bowl with pico de gallo, black beans, cilantro-lime rice, guacamole, tomatillo, or mango salsa.
We hope that you have liked this article. We tried our best to explain everything we know about pico de gallo on this planet. This is a fine condiment dish that should be present in everyone’s kitchen according to my opinion. It is simple and easy to make. It is a must-have.
I always have a container of pico de gallo in my kitchen, in my refrigerator. Even though I like it fresh but you can’t win all battles. Do recommend this article to those poor souls who have not yet tasted the pico de gallo or who do not know how to make the perfect condiment in the world. Thank you for reading this.