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Pico de gallo
5 from 14 votes

Pico de Gallo Recipe (Fresh Homemade Salsa or Salsa Fresca)

Pico De Gallo Recipe - A classic fresh Mexican salsa (also known as salsa fresca) is made with fresh onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, lime and cilantro. It's perfect as an appetizer with Tortilla Chips and you only need 5 ingredients and 10 minutes to make it!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword game day food, party food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 31 kcal
Author April Wright


  • 1 1/2 lbs yellow or red tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 serrano chiles or jalapeno peppers seeded and minced (see notes)
  • salt for taste


  1. Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl, and toss to combine. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Add more salt if needed for taste. 

    See notes. 

Recipe Notes

Deseed your serrano chile or jalapeno pepper, especially if you don't like a lot of heat. Traditional Pico de Gallo is made with serrano chiles but if you want something less spicy then go with the jalapenos.

Serve right away or refrigerate if you like for 2 hours then serve. Store leftovers in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  This recipe makes 3 cups of salsa.