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Secret Ingredient Pico de Gallo Recipe

Secret Ingredient Pico de Gallo

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"This is a pico de gallo recipe that will have everyone asking 'how did you make this?' They will be surprised when you tell them the ingredients include a pickle!"

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the onion, jalapeno pepper, bell pepper, dill pickle, and diced tomatoes. Stir in lime juice and cilantro; season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving, preferably overnight.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 30, 2009

I basicly made this the same way, but instead of pickle I used a chopped seeded cucumber, and no red pepper. We had it that way in a Mexican Resteraunt[sp?], My husband and I loved it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 08, 2009

pretty good. we love pico de gallo and make it often. we love the "secret ingredient", it adds just the right amount of crispy, saltiness. we use red onion, Roma tomatoes, and add a tablespoon of minced garlic.


20 Ratings

May 11, 2008

As far as improving on a such a simple dish, the pickle goes a long way. Lime juice a must and we added garlic. Very enjoyable.

Jan 15, 2009

We loved this! I did add a little bit extra cilantro but ONLY because I wanted to finish using what I had left in the fridge. I am making another batch soon to take to a pickle loving neighbor. He puts pickles in almost everything but I think this will surprise and thrill him!

Dec 19, 2008

Great taste! I omitted the jalapeno and instead used Hot & Spicy Dill Babies for the pickles. Thanks!

Jun 27, 2008

GREAT recipe! I loved the tang and zip the dill pickles gave it. I also added a little shredded cabbage to add more body. Instead of the traditional taco fillings, we layered the taco meat and the pico de gallo and it was fantastic!! Next time I think I may add a little chili powder too.

Dec 27, 2008

Very nice recipe

Nov 12, 2011

excellent....I added 2 tablespoons of garlic


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  • Calories
  • 49 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.9 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 3.1 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 126 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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