Pico De Gallo

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I know it’s spring in most of the country, but we’re on the verge of summer in Texas.  And once it’s summer, Texans eat pico de gallo by the 10-gallon hat full; we love it! 

Although, we usually shorten the name to pico, no de gallo necessary!

What is pico, exactly? 

The loosest definition is an uncooked, coarsely chopped salsa-like condiment that includes tomatoes, onion, cilantro and then anything else your heart desires.

Which means you can put anything in a pico and call it pico! 

Ain’t it great?

I made this assortment last summer:

Pico De Gallo

Here’s what I put in mine:


* Chopped homegrown/farmer’s market tomatoes (this is the key ingredient.  you can use store bought, but only the uninitiated will eat it)

* Chopped sweet Vidalia Onions

* Cilantro

* Fresh lime juice from the limes off my tree.  Fancy!

* Jalapenos.  If you want less heat, seed those fire-pokers first.


* Chopped mango

* Chopped avocado

* Chopped anything else you gotta hankerin’ for.

Tomatoes take up approximately 2/3rds of my pico-makin’ portions.  The other 1/3 is made up of the rest of the stuff. 

There are no rules. 

Start choppin’ your ingredients and see where you end up.

I store the fresh pico overnight in a leak-proof container, so that I can flip it upside down at least once during the process, so the tomato juice marries with everything else I’ve thrown in.

Pico makes a great hostess gift if you’re headed to a BBQ (and who isn’t?!). 

It’s a fun “thanks for taking care of the dog while we were on vacay” gift. 

Heck, it’s a great gift to yourself to accompany that ice cold beer and tortilla chips after a long day of what-evering.

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My fav way to present pico is in a Ball canning jar

But you could put it in whatever you wanted.

Now, who’s ready for summer eatin’?




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  1. I can hardly wait to try this, espec the mango!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      I side-eye food I’m not familiar with, so when I first saw pico with mango I wasn’t sure about it. BUT…I tried it and am converted. Can I get an AMEN?!

  2. Mmmm, I love me some delicious pico! Thanks for sharing at Domestic Superhero!

  3. this sounds so yummy love this for so many different things

  4. I love the pico! Especially if it is served up along side a big dish of guacamole! 8:30 AM and I am now hungry!

  5. YUMMMM – our whole Sandwich Generation family LOVES pico! I make it fresh to go with enchiladas and enjoy it thoroughly at Moe’s and, when I can get there, Chipotle! 🙂

  6. Mmmm I love pico. The spicier the better. I don’t care for mango but I love avocados, and I hadn’t even thought of adding them to my pico. I bet that is good. Will have to try that out. Thank you for sharing.

    Stopping by from Circle of Faith Linky Party. Pinning

    Have a wonderful week,

  7. We love making this in the summer 🙂 Thanks for joining us at the Let’ Get Social Sunday party. Have a wonderful day:)

  8. lisa@cookingwithcurls says

    I can’t wait to try this once summer shows up and I can grow some tomatoes, or at least find some at the Farmer’s Market!!! Pinned 🙂

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      Our farmer’s market has a wonderful source for tomatoes, so this year, as I lament not gardening, I know where to find my pico stash!

  9. A perfect sheltering gift! Love the idea of taking it to a bbq. It’s a great hostess gift. Wouldn’t it be a great mexican gift basket with a red checked cloth, tortilla chips and a tortillia warmer and some fresh limes for color. I love making gift baskets and always try to put something homemade it them. I’m going to try the mango first!

  10. Love this; can’t wait to try it (when summer finally arrives in CT, that is!)

  11. Gaye @CalmHealthySexy says

    Visiting and pinning from Pin It Monday! I have a big garden planted and will definitely be making some of your pico this summer!

  12. YUM! I love this stuff–thank you for the recipe!

  13. Looks delicious:) I can never pass up pico~ I have never made it but I will definitely be trying your recipe:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      Omgosh, it’s so easy to make. Once you make it yourself, you’ll always think the other stuff is inferior.

  14. Oh my that sounds so good. Need a bag of chips! Thanks for linking up 🙂

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  16. I love Pico de gallo! Just dropping by to let you know you’ve been FEATURED at the Circle of Faith link party! Thanks so much for linking up, hope your having a great weekend!,

    -Kayla 🙂

  17. What a party last week on Friday Flash Blog! Thanks for joining us. I hope you’ve visited some of the other community members and you’re having a splendid week.


  18. Sherryll says

    Can this be canned?

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      I have no idea. Because pico is made up of all fresh raw (uncooked) ingredients, I would venture a “no” guess, but I’ll defer to anyone who cans to give us a definitive answer.


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