Recipe by Rachel Love
"Quick and easy pico de gallo that is a great app or addition to dinner. Huge hit in my house!"
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roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
red onion, minced
chopped fresh cilantro
jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Excellent. Growing up in Central California, I was fortunate enough to eat authentic Mexican food on a regular basis. This is what Pico de Gallo should taste like. This recipe is easily adjusted to ones personal taste. Fresno or Serrano chilis can be used if Jalapenos are unavailable. If you can't handle 'HOT' food simply decrease the amount of jalapenos or use an Anaheim or Poblano chili instead. If you're a garlic lover as I am, use a few more cloves of garlic. If you've never handled fresh chilies before, be careful. You can easily spread the oils from your hands to your face. If you're sensitive, try gloves.
Some really liked this, but I wasn't so keen on it. It was missing a lot. I would juice the whole lime and increase the cilantro, adjust the garlic to 2 or 3 whole fresh cloves (leave out the granulated) and add the whole jalapeno. There is no heat whatsoever.
In a word - delicious. If you like Mexican food, this is for you. I used to live in CA and boy do I miss the food there! This recipe is perfect, I didn't change a thing. I let it set for a few hours to let the flavors blend together and it was so good.
Really can't go wrong with this. I personally prefer yellow onion instead or red and I also doubled (at least) the cilantro. I got a lot of compliments on this and I think the cumin made the difference. I used fresh garlic instead of powder and used serrano chiles instead of jalapenos. Add this to avocados for the best guacamole!
Someone mentioned that the serrano chili could be used instead of the jalapeno if they didn't want it very hot. The scoville scale of hottness for the jalapeno is 2,500-8,000. The serrano is 10,000-23,000. Be very carefull of the serrano, It's pretty hot!
I rated this 5 stars even though I didn't follow this recipe because I am sure its delicious. You really can't go wrong making Pico de Gallo its simple and flavorful even if you omit a few ingredients. I didn't use Roma tomatoes I find them to be a little too soggy for my taste so I used 1 large firm Beefsteak Tomato. I love Red Onion but I didn't have one on hand so I opted to use a little more than half of a large White Onion instead. I used as much Cilantro as I wanted because 3 tablespoons hardly seems enough. I like heat so I used a 1/2 of a Jalapeno, if you don't have a fresh pepper on hand just use the ones that come in a jar or can it will work fine. Do not omit the fresh garlic it adds to the flavor but the garlic powder isn't really necessary in my opinion and neither is the Cumin. Salt and Pepper to taste is definitely a must I used fresh cracked pepper. However you decide to prepare it you definitely need to add Lime Juice I used the juice of 2 little Limes, it really helps to bring out all the flavors and keep your Pico de Gallo fresh. I paired it with some Blue Corn Tortilla chips and the leftovers if there are any ha ha will go nicely atop of my butter herbed Tilapia fish Fillets for tomorrow's dinner.
Try this. You'll think you're in Mexico. Or at least your favorite Mexican restaurant. I could have eaten the whole bowl before it made it to the table for our fajitas, but I obviously had to restrain myself.
I made this today to go with carne asada tacos. It was really excellent. I used 3 med-large tomatoes and 1/2 regular white onions. I wasn't sure about the chili powder and garlic powder so I made both ways and it worked best with it. The spices are not overpowering like I thought they only improve on the fresh flavor. Easy and great on tacos! Thanks for submitting.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Pico de Gallo
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 10
** Calories from Fat: < 1
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