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How to Make Pico de Gallo

July 26, 2019

This is the Best Ever recipe for How to make Pico de Gallo! Made with fresh tomato, onion, and jalapeno, and lime juice, this Mexican favorite will become your new go-to snack or dinner topping. It pairs well with everything and it takes minutes to make!

I’m a total homebody and introvert who truly loves nothing more than cozying up at home with a good cup of tea and a book. I can socialize like the best of them and do absolutely love to travel but there’s nothing like home. That being said, one of the things I miss most about not traveling as much these days is getting to experience different food cultures. Not only do I love exploring new cuisines while I travel, I will literally travel for food. It’s not secret that I’m a big planner so when it comes to planning out my travel itineraries, a big piece of that is where we plan to eat.

Many of the recipes you see here on the blog are thanks to these travels. I’m often asked where I get inspiration for my recipes and more often than not it’s from my travels. This recipe for pico de gallo is not exception! It was inspired by a trip to Costa Rica 5 years ago. It was truly one of my favorite vacations with C’s family. It was our fam and two others in a big villa in a pretty remote region of Costa Rica. To this day it was one of the best trips I’ve ever gone on and the food was SO good!

Every day before dinner we’d get the drinks flowing and stuff our faces with guacamole and pico de gallo paired with all the patacones. The family that helped us cook taught me this recipe for the best pico de gallo and how to make it. It was a pretty simple recipe but turns out the secret ingredient is ground coriander! Of course you can use fresh cilantro but to be honest the ground coriander makes all the difference.

In case you’re wondering, patacones are typically flattened and fried plantains. I’ve hacked them slightly in this recipe to bake them and honestly, they’re just as good! So if you’re looking for the perfect pairing for your pico de gallo, I highly recommend these patacones.

With that, let’s chat about the recipe and how to make the BEST pico de gallo.

What You Need to Make Pico de Gallo:

  • Tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Jalapeno
  • Lime
  • Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Salt and pepper

For the Baked Patacones (plantain chips):

  • Plantains (green is ideal but browned will work too)
  • Coconut oil

How to Make Pico de Gallo

Making this homemade pico de gallo is so easy but there are a few steps you’ll want to do to optimize your results.

1) Seed your tomatoes. This step takes a little bit longer but it ensures your pico is thick and doesn’t just turn into salsa. You can of course leave the seeds but it will be a bit runnier and more of a salsa consistency rather than pico de gallo.

2) Finely chop your onion, garlic and jalapeno. I recommend seeding your jalapeno but if you like things really spicy you can leave them. Combine your finely chopped veggies and tomatoes in a large bowl.

3) Add in your lime juice + zest, coriander and salt and pepper. Pretty straight-forward here. Of course you can add in a handful of fresh cilantro but I find the coriander adds a bit more punch.

4) Let sit for 1 hour. You can eat it right away but the flavors meld together of the hour and only makes it more flavorful and delicious.

What to Pair with Pico de Gallo

I prefer to pair this homemade pico de gallo with baked patacones but there are plenty of other options including:

To make patacones make sure you slice it in on diagnoal to optimize surface area. Coat with 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Bake on a lined baking sheet at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and using a cup flatten each patacone on the baking sheet. Place back in the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until they have crisped up.

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The Best Ever Pico de Gallo

This is the Best Ever recipe for How to make Pico de Gallo! Made with fresh tomato, onion, and jalapeno, and lime juice, this Mexican favorite will become your new go-to snack or dinner topping. It pairs well with everything and it takes minutes to make!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
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Ingredients

For the Pico de Gallo:

  • 3 large tomatoes, chopped and seeded
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 1/2 tsp coriander, ground
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Baked Patacones (plantain chips):

  • 2 large plantains (green is ideal but browned will work too), sliced on a diagonal
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Instructions

For the Pico de Gallo:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let sit for at least 1 hour before serving.
  2. Will keep in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

For the Baked Patacones (plantain chips):

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place sliced plantains in a large bowl and top with melted coconut oil. Stir gently to coat well.
  3. Line plantains on a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and using the bottom of a cup, squish plantains so they thin out (see picture above)
  6. Place back in the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes or until desired level of crispiness is reached.
  7. Top a tablespoon of pico de gallo on baked patacones to serve.

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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    August 2, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Confession- I had no idea that you L was silent on this until I watched your snap. Pico- de- GIYO. This looks bomb!

    Ahh priorities. Over the last month, i’ve learnt aeroplane (airplane) mode is not just for aeroplanes (airplanes).

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      August 5, 2015 at 6:55 am

      hahahhaha what?! Welcome to North America buddy where you have to conserve data at all costs lol

  • Reply
    janet @ the taste space
    July 27, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I love Mad Mexican’s pico… now please recreate their guac and black bean dip. Their guac is the best out there.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 27, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      I am SO addicted to their pico, but honestly this tastes just like it! No more $6 for a tiny container! Now to work on the guac…;)

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    [email protected]
    July 27, 2015 at 6:51 am

    I think it’s the best because you put it on plaintain chips. Obviously.

    Readjusting priorities is pretty much an ongoing thing from here on out. It’s called adulthood and sometimes it sucks. Like Facebook, which is the number one time and energy sucker out there. In fact, I try to stay away from it for that very reason. I’m pretty sure it’s the devil in disguise.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      July 27, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Currently loving the self control app to keep me off of facebook! It’s horrible that I have to resort to these measures but you do what you gotta do…otherwise known as adulthood haha. I never wanna grow up 🙁

  • Reply
    Dani @ DaniCaliforniaCooks
    July 26, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Love the idea of putting this on plantain chips! Yum!

  • Reply
    Cassie
    July 26, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Pico and plantain chips sound delicious!

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