Monday, October 3, 2011

Best Pico de Gallo

Best Pico de Gallo

Chips and salsa is pretty much my favorite snack ever. Really. While tomatoes have been in season, I've been whipping up batches of this pico de gallo every week. I love the chunky, fresh textures and can seriously go through an entire batch in one sitting. It's great with chips obviously, but also really good on top of seafood, chicken, or eaten alone (shh, don't tell anyone). I am so hesitant to call things "best", but after years of making this, I feel I must share my secrets with the world. Try it soon with the best tomatoes you can find. You won't be sorry.

Pico de Gallo Ingredients
Gather your ingredients

Tomato shells
Halve the tomatoes and scoop out the seeds and pulp

Diced tomatoes
Dice the tomatoes

Tiny onion, you don't want onion breath all day and besides, you're going to have a different onion element with the green onion.

Tomatoes and onion
Add the onion to the pile

Green Onions
Green onions are next

With jalapenos
Add minced jalapenos to the pile, seeds and all.


Getting ready to mix.

Add the lemon
Don't forget the lemon. You can certainly use lime instead.

Mix it
Mix it all together

Season it
Don't forget to season it!

Best Pico de Gallo

One year ago: Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice
Two years ago: Fig, Bacon, and Gorgonzola Tart
Three years ago: Apple Crumb Cake

Perfect Pico de Gallo
(By Esi)

Makes about 4 cups (or one serving if you're ravenous like me)

3 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
Juice from 1 lemon
Salt to taste

Mix the tomatoes, yellow onion, green onion, jalepeno, cilantro, and lemon together in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt.

Of course you can enjoy right away, but it's best to let flavors marry for a few hours before digging in.

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Erica said...

Chips and salsa is my most favorite snack too! I prefer them over all sweets! This looks super fresh- amazing :)

susan said...

love the step-by-step, Esi! and I love pic de gallo!

Maria said...

So fresh and your pictures are fantastic!

Joanne said...

Good pico de gallo is one of those things that I can just eat with a spoon. No chips even needed! This version sounds fabulous!

Nancy said...

Always amazes me that people think they have to buy in those little containers in the store... hopefully this will garner some converts to the homemade version!

marla said...

So fun to see you with a recipe this time around (love the reviews too) I have been on the quest for a great pico...must try yours :)

lynn said...

i've been known to drink pico de gallo...

Georgia Pellegrini said...

I've become pico de gallo obsessed since moving to TX! Love this!

Leslie @veggiedreamgirl said...

Esi, these photos are gorgeous! Love pico de gallo!

The Food Librarian said...

Looks so great! Love all the photos - always so mouth watering!