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Authentic pico de gallo served in a bowl with restaurant-style tortilla chips.



Assemble this authentic pico de gallo recipe in just 5 minutes! It’s colorful, festive, and packed with flavor. Enjoy as a garnish for Mexican entrees, or serve as an appetizer with chips.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 pounds Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup white onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (leaves, no stems), minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (2 key limes will provide enough), freshly-squeezed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced jalapeño (no seeds, no stem)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

OPTIONAL: 1 clove garlic (finely minced) or a pinch of garlic powder






  1. Slice tomatoes in half. With a spoon, remove the center seeds and membranes. Discard them. Dice the flesh of the tomatoes. You should have 2 cups of diced tomatoes. If the tomatoes are overly juicy, toss them into a colander. Shake to remove excess liquid.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, diced onion, and minced cilantro to a bowl. If using garlic (optional) add it in now. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the top. Gently toss to combine. Add salt to taste.
  3. Add jalapeños, a little at a time, tasting after each addition until the desired level of spiciness is reached.
  4. Let pico de gallo rest 10 to 15 minutes to give the flavors a chance to meld together. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until serving.


WHY ROMA TOMATOES ARE USED: Roma tomatoes are firmer, meatier and less watery than other tomato varieties. Select bright-red tomatoes.

HERE’S HOW LONG PICO DE GALLO LASTS: When out out of the fridge for serving, pico de gallo will stay fresh for up to 2 hours. When stored in an air-tight container and refrigerated, it’ll stay fresh up to 3 days. However, after the first day the texture changes. The tomatoes start releasing water and become soft and limp.

RECIPE VARIATIONS: Up the festive vibe: use a variety of heirloom tomatoes in various colors. To add additional citrus flavor, add lime zest to the mix. For a slightly sweet pico de gallo, add 1 cup minced pineapple. 

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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