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This homemade Mexican fresh salsa is like an explosion of flavor! Also called “pico de gallo” and “salsa fresca”, this stuff is as addictive as it gets!
This mouthwatering authentic Mexican fresh salsa is made of finely chopped fresh tomatoes, onions, jalapeno pepper, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. Pico de gallo salsa is as fresh and zesty as it sounds! It has so much flavor and personality, you feel the explosion of zest in every bite! Fresh salsa involves all your tastes buds and nerve endings in your mouth, making you salivate and reach for more and more and more!
“Pico de gallo” means “rooster’s beak” in Spanish. The reason why this delicious fresh salsa is named after the beak of a rooster is not exactly known. There are several theories as to why it’s called pico de gallo. The first theory is that in the old days this salsa was eaten by hand in Mexico, with the thumb and forefinger grabbing the pieces of salsa (the action resembling the opening and closing of rooster’s beak). The second theory is that the ingredients of pico de gallo are cut to be the same size as the food of roosters (resembling bird food). And the final theory of the pico de gallo name origin is that the bright colors of this salsa resemble the colors of the rooster.
Pico de gallo is very versatile and can be eaten in many different ways. The most obvious way of serving pico de gallo is as a salsa, scooping the fresh salsa with crunchy chips. You can also serve it as a salad or side dish, and eat it with a fork or spoon.
You can serve it as a chunky sauce on top of chicken, meat or fish – topping the plain food with this zesty fresh salsa will make it come alive!
You can use pico de gallo as a topping for tacos or burritos. You can add fresh salsa into pasta dishes, stir-fries, casseroles and soups for added flavor which is always welcome. With so many ways to eat up this amazing salsa fresca, you can make a huge tub of it for you to enjoy!
Making authentic Mexican pico de gallo is very easy. All you need to do is finely chop the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and cilantro, mix it and season with fresh garlic and lime juice. You can make it mild by adding less jalapeno, or spicy by adding more – it’s totally up to you! Also, if you are not a cilantro fan, just use fresh parsley instead – it will be just as yummy and zesty!
If you love fresh salsa, you will also love these easy recipes:
Best Guacamole Recipe Ever – this guacamole will be the best you’ll ever make!
Authentic Mexican Enchiladas – just like the ones in a Mexican restaurant!
Homemade Taco Salad – so yummy, you need this for your Taco Tuesday!
Easy Baked Tacos – this is my favorite way to serve tacos to a crowd!
Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup – use pico de gallo as a soup topping, yummmm!
Mexican Hot Chocolate – for a perfect sweet ending to your Mexican feast!
- 5 tomatoes, finely chopped
- ½ large red onion, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
- ½ bunch cilantro, finely chopped (leaves only, no stems)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ lime, squeezed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste