Mexican Salsa recipe: Authentic Pico De Gallo recipe

Today I’m going to show you how to make an authentic pico de gallo recipe!  For those who would ask “what is pico de gallo?”, it’s an uncooked and fresh salsa make of tomatoes, chilis, and onions, that is easily the most popular Mexican salsa recipe served in the country.  Used in tacos and a myriad of other Mexican foods, it’s colorful, easy to make, and adds good flavor to the many different dishes you can serve it with.  Mexican cuisine is often known by its stereotypical colorful palette–a stereotype that is often accentuated in Mexican restaurants abroad–but pico de gallo actually is one of those colorful authentic Mexican recipes that is a feast for both the eyes and the tongue.

Pico de gallo translation: this salsa is often referred to as “salsa Mexicana” or “salsa bandera” by foreigners because its colors match those of the country’s nation flag, but Mexicans refer to it as either “salsa fresca” or most often: pico de gallo.  Interestingly enough, “pico de gallo” is actually the name of a culinary technique whereby you chop up a bunch of different ingredients and then mix them together, just like you do to make this salsa.  And with that little Mexican salsa lesson, here’s how to make pico de gallo salsa, straight from the street vendors and abuelitas of Mexico City.

Cook time: 10 minutes, tops

Ingredients (serves four)

1 white onion (small)
1 tomato (medium size, firm, ripe, spherical)
1/4 bunch of cilantro
1/2 chile serrano
1 lime
1/2 tsp salt


Clean ingredients.

Chop onion into small pieces and put in bowl.

Chop tomato, add to bowl.

Chop cilantro into fine pieces.  You guessed it add to bowl.  Not every recipe for pico de gallo salsa uses cilantro, but the best ones do, in my opinion.

Squeeze lime juice into the bowl. This is another optional ingredient for this particular Mexican salsa recipe, but having tried many variations of this recipe, I think if you were to make the best pico de gallo recipe, it would have to include the juice of a lime.

Chop up the chile serrano pepper into fine bits, then add to the bowl.

Finely Chop serrano pepper, add to bowl.  The chile’s juice can be very irritating to your skin if you touch it, so you may want to handle the chile with a fork when doing this.

Add 1/2 tbsp salt to bowl.

Now mix the entire pico di gallo salsa thoroughly.

And there you have it: you’ve just made some delicious salsa Mexicana from an authentic pico de gallo recipe.  I hope you enjoy this Mexican salsa recipe as much as the hungry denizens of la Ciudad de Mexico do!  Authentic Mexican salsa recipes like this are easy to make and inject a lot of flavor into almost any Mexican food recipe that involves tortillas (of which there are a LOT) or a salsa bar.  This is a very flexible condiment within the domain of Mexican food, so whip it up, try it out, experiment with it in your dishes, and before long I’m willing to bet it will be a staple in your authentic Mexican diet, haha!  Cheers, my authentic Mexican recipes-loving friends 😉

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