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Homemade Pico De Gallo Recipe

This classic and authentic homemade Pico de Gallo recipe is the best fresh tomato salsa that you can make. 5 ingredients is all you need for this easy recipe and it’s great on a variety of dishes or just scooped with chips!

homemade pico de gallo in a white bowl

Best Pico de Gallo Recipe

If you have enjoyed this traditional recipe from your favorite Mexican restaurant, you are going to love this recipe.

Juicy tomatoes, spicy jalapeños, and that zingy lime, all mingling together to make one of the easiest recipes around.

Trust me, one bite of this homemade goodness and you’ll be going in for round two! And can we just talk about those bold colors and fresh feels? It’s like having a top-notch salsa joint right in your kitchen.

With just a few fresh ingredients, you’re gonna have a pico de gallo that has everyone begging for your secret.

hand holding chip with pico de gallo on it

What is Pico de Gallo?

Authentic Pico de gallo is a fresh, raw salsa made with just a few simple ingredients. Pico literally translates to “ rooster’s beak ” because of the way that it is eaten.

The meaning comes from the pico being picked up with the fingers and pinched between the thumb and the index finger.

In doing so, your hand forms the shape of a rooster’s head and beak. So funny to learn where we get the names of foods from isn’t it?

Sometimes pico is called “salsa fresca” or “salsa cruda” meaning fresh salsa because everything is ripe and fresh. Fresh tomatoes release their juices when combined with the lime and salt.

How to Use Pico de Gallo

  • Tortilla chips
  • Fish tacos
  • Burritos
  • Nachos
  • Quesadillas
  • any of your favorite Mexican dishes!
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basic ingredients for a homemade salsa recipe

Ingredients Needed

Tomato – I like to use Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, or vine ripe tomato varieties.

Onion – The authentic version uses white onion. Substitute Spanish or yellow onion.

Jalapeño – Fresh jalapeño pepper. Don’t substitute pickled, it won’t be the same.

Cilantro – Chopped fresh cilantro.

Lime – Fresh lime juice is best. Bottled will be ok if that’s all you have.

Salt – Fresh coarse salt like Kosher brand.

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How to make Pico de Gallo

First: After washing the tomatoes, dice them into even, small, and bite sized pieces.

Second: Dice the onions into pieces the same size as the tomatoes. Stir to combine.

Third: Dice the jalapeno into small pieces and chop the fresh cilantro leaves. Stir in the lime juice and add salt to your taste.

Fourth: Cover or place in an airtight container. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes but it’s best overnight. Serve and enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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pico de gallo in a bowl

How long does it last?

This fresh salsa recipe lasts up to 3 days if stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

It is best to serve it after the flavors have had time to mix. If the tomatoes release too much juice, you can add a pinch more salt and some lime juice.

close up of diced tomatoes and onions

What is pico de gallo vs salsa?

Good pico de gallo is a mixture of fresh chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapenos, and lime. Salsa is made of the same ingredients but usually blended to a thinner consistency.

It is even sometimes cooked or processed and canned for later.

​More Salsa Recipes

tortilla chips in a bowl with salsa

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Can’t find Roma tomatoes? Often called fresh plum tomatoes.
  • This is a type of “chunky salsa” so leave the food processor in the cupboard.
  • The best tip for this recipe is to let it sit! It’s best if it chills in the fridge for at least a day.
  • It’s already colorful but if you like, red onion can add even more.
  • If you want it spicier, keep the seeds from the jalapeno peppers and add them to the pico de gallo. Or try Serrano peppers.

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spoon of pico de gallo with a red banner and text

Keep a batch of this easy pico de gallo recipe stored in your fridge at all times! You never know when you will have a taco emergency and need a great recipe… Perhaps Cinco de Mayo!

bowl of pico de gallo

Pico de Gallo

This classic and authentic Pico de Gallo is the best fresh tomato salsa that you can make. 5 ingredients is all you need and it’s not just salsa either!
4.87 from 15 votes
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 19kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 1 pound tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup white onion chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers seeded, finely chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lime roughly 1/4 cup
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt


  • Dice the tomatoes and onion in a small dice so they are all the same size.
  • Add the chipped cilantro.
  • Add in the seeded, ribbed, and finely diced jalapeño
  • Squeeze in the lime juice.
  • Season with salt to taste.
  • Stir and enjoy!



  • Use the best and freshest ingredients at room temperature.
  • Dice small pieces in all the same size so it’s easy to eat. Some like them finely chopped but that is optional. You can use a food processor but I like to chop them myself so the pieces don't get too small or mushy.
  • If you are not a fan of raw onion, you can use less onion but I would not leave it out all together.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon to drain any excess liquid at the bottom.
  • Let the flavors mix together for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  • Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 578IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.2mg

    This pico de gallo recipe is the perfect Mexican food for game day or Cinco de Mayo! The freshest ingredients combined to make the best salsa around.

    {Originally published 06/11/19 – photos and recipe updated 08/17/23 to improve reader experience}

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    Recipe Rating


    Friday 8th of July 2022

    A family favorite classic condiment. This is delicious!


    Friday 8th of July 2022

    This pico really had such great flavor and the perfect ratio of ingredients.


    Friday 5th of June 2020

    Best recipe!!!


    Thursday 16th of April 2020

    Taste great will make more often

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