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Everyone loves a good pico de gallo recipe. With few ingredients and only minutes to make, it’s an addictive favorite!

Because it has less liquid than most salsas, pico de gallo is ideal for serving with Mexican dishes like Tostadas, Chimichangas, or even just with Tortilla Chips.

Pico de Gallo in a small white bowl surrounded by tortilla chips and fresh produce.

We Love Pico De Gallo!

You might ask, “what is pico de gallo?”. Well, Pico de gallo is a salsa fresca that is usually chunkier and contains chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, salt, and fresh lime juice.

If you’re anywhere in the Southwest you’ve probably had this served to you at a restaurant with your tacos, salad, or burritos.

Here’s why we love it:

  • Quick and easy. Other than the time it takes to chop up veggies, this recipe is very simple.
  • Customizable. This pico de gallo recipe can be customized with the ingredients you like.
  • Side or topping. It’s great to serve alongside chips or to serve on top of any Mexican food.

Serving this with warm Tortilla Chips will be the highlight of any party or get together. It’s just that good and is so addicting!!

Tomatoes, onion, garlic, and cilantro on a wooden counter.

Pico Ingredients

  • red or purple onion – or white onion
  • Roma tomatoes – or plum tomatoes
  • minced garlic
  • garlic salt with parsley flakes
  • lime juice – fresh or bottled
  • fresh cilantro

How to make Pico de Gallow

  1. CHOP & COMBINE. To make the pico, chop up all the ingredients (except the chopped cilantro) and add to a bowl.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Right before serving, add cilantro and avocados, if desired.

Recipe Tips

Tortilla chip with pico de gallo on top.

Storage Tips

  • STORE. This fresh pico de gallo recipe is best to serve the same day you make it, but if needed it can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • I do not recommend freezing this pico recipe.
Close up of homemade pico de gallo in a small white bowl.

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5 from 2 votes

Pico de Gallo Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Everyone loves a good pico de gallo recipe. With few ingredients and only minutes to make, it's an addictive favorite!
Servings: 12 people
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes


  • ¼ – ½ red or purple onion chopped
  • 4 Roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon garlic salt with parsley flakes
  • ½ teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
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  • Add all ingredients, minus chopped cilantro to a medium bowl and mix to combine.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve and add chopped cilantro right before serving.



Serving: 1g, Calories: 4kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 0.04g, Saturated Fat: 0.01g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 50mg, Potassium: 51mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 177IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Sophie says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! I used roasted green chilies and fresh tomatoes from the farmers market.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Ooh that sounds amazing!!

  2. Hannah says:

    5 stars
    This pico is perfect on so many recipes! We love it!

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I am so glad you think so & I agree! Thank you!