How to make spicy and delicious homemade pico de gallo

Taco night will never be the same once you add making fresh pico de gallo to your recipe box.

Taco night will never be the same once you add making fresh pico de gallo to your recipe box.

You’re probably making pico de gallo, or a close version of it, already. The ingredients are common, but it’s about the blend that makes it such a beautiful condiment.

In Spanish Pico de Gallo means “Rooster’s beak.” Why, you ask? Eh, the room is split. The most common belief is that it’s bright and colorful, just like a rooster’s beak.

Sounds logical, so let’s just go with that. That, however, is as far as the rooster association goes. This dish is all veggies and all raw.

The following ingredients make up the base of any standard pico de gallo recipe:

Tomatoes
White onion
Jalapeno or serrano
Cilantro
Lime
Salt & pepper

Depending on how fancy you feel like getting, you can add the following ingredients to kick it up a notch:

Garlic – Either fresh or powdered.
Veggies – Corn, bell peppers, or black beans tend to do well.
Fruit – Mangos and pineapple are fantastic additions, especially if you plan to use it with a spicy meat.
You’ll want to chop up the cilantro pretty fine, but the rest of the ingredients should remain chunky. Small cubes tend to work best. All of your ingredients should be 1 to 1 (one tomato, one jalapeno, etc). But of course add more of what you love most. The key is to keep the lime, salt and pepper balanced.

The best part about making pico de gallo is that it’s also the base for guacamole! All you have to do is add a couple avocados, mash it all together, and now you have two condiments for the price of one!

PRO TIP: A dollop of mayonnaise added to your guacamole will give it a creamier taste. It will, however, add some fat, so be mindful to only use a little.

Another way to get the most bang for your buck is to use the leftovers as a topping on your salad. In fact, if you add a little extra lime, it could serve as your dressing and help reduce calories and fat.

Oh yeah, this stuff is great for you if you’re on a diet. Healthy and delicious, pico de gallo is a great item to add to your weekly meal prep.

Whether you love to cook already or you’re just starting to dabble, you’re going to want to get some tips from Chef John Folse. Watch him every week on WAFB, or CLICK HERE to see his segments.