Pico de Gallo in a sauce bowl

Simple Pico de Gallo

Cooks in 15 minutes Difficulty Easy 0 comments

Simple, easy, yet elevates dishes like there’s no tomorrow! This Simple Pico De Gallo recipe will make you wonder why something so easy can taste so incredibly amazing!

Before I get flacked for not having any chills in here, hear me out! Sometimes I just need the zesty flavorings added onto a main dish, but for someone who rarely cooks with fresh chillies, I therefore don’t often have chillies lying around when I need some pick-me-up with this simple pico de gallo!

So if you have chillies, and you want to use it for spiciness or for chilly flavorings, then by all means, add it! But for folks like me who’s after the herby-zesty addition to another dish or chips, this simple pico de Gallo recipe without the need for chillies really works, too!!!

The ABCs of Simple Pico de Gallo

Simple Pico de Gallo is like a flavor party where everyone’s invited! All you need are a few pals: good ol’ tomatoes, WHITE onions (this is important! Only use white onions for its mild flavor!), fresh cilantro, and fresh lime juice. Of course, let’s not forget our seasoning: Salt!

These friends come together to create a fantastic mix of sweet tomatoes, a touch of limey tang, and the fresh breeze of cilantro. It’s like a taste explosion in every spoonful.

Whiz it up! Using a Food Processor for Speed

Now, let’s talk about a super trick that’ll save you time and energy: The mighty food processor! Imagine chopping all those veggies by hand – phew, exhausting, right? Well, fear not! Grab your trusty food processor and let the magic happen.

Using the pulse function, pule your tomatoes, white onions, and fresh cilantro until they’re finely chopped, but not too mushy. Pour this colorful confetti into a bowl, squeeze that zesty lime juice in there, and generously mix in the salt.

Give it a swirl, and voilà – your Simple Pico de Gallo is ready to rock!

Give this recipe a shot!

So there you have it, amigos!

Crafting Simple Pico de Gallo is as easy as uno, dos, tres.

Whether you’re a salsa newbie or a seasoned pro, this recipe is your ticket to a fiesta of fresh flavors. And remember, when time is short, your food processor can step in as the kitchen superhero, saving the day and getting that tasty salsa ready in a jiffy.

So gather your ingredients, chop, mix, and salsa your way to a culinary masterpiece that’ll impress everyone at the table. Get ready to savor the awesomeness of homemade Pico de Gallo – it’s a party on your plate!

Pico de Gallo in a small sauce bowl

Simple Pico de Gallo

A vibrant and zesty Mexican salsa made with fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime juice, perfect for adding a burst of flavor to tacos, nachos, or grilled dishes!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Sauce, Tacos
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 43kcal
Author: Micah Alvord
Cost: $10


  • 1 food processor if using


  • 4 tomatoes diced or food processed roughly pulsed
  • 1 big bunch fresh coriander chopped or food processed pulsed
  • 1 small white onion diced or food processed roughly pulsed
  • 2 fresh limes squeezed
  • salt season to taste be generous as tomatoes’ acidity will absorb a lot of the salt


Method 1

  • Method 1 (faster / less effort): Using a food processor, quickly pulse the tomatoes and white onion. Quickly pulsing rather than using the 1, 2, or 3 levels on the food processor enables the tomatoes and onions to still have a chunky texture.
    4 tomatoes diced or food processed, 1 big bunch fresh coriander chopped or food processed, 1 small white onion diced or food processed
  • You can use level 1 on the food processor to finely chop the coriander, but you can also pulse instead.

Method 2

  • Method 2 (traditional): Dice your tomatoes and white onion. Finely chop your coriander.
    4 tomatoes diced or food processed, 1 big bunch fresh coriander chopped or food processed, 1 small white onion diced or food processed

Bringing it all together

  • Combine the cut tomatoes, white onion, and coriander into a bowl. Cut the limes in half and freshly squeeze the lime juice in the bowl.
    2 fresh limes squeezed
  • Add a generous amount of salt, but make sure to taste it so that it's season to liking. Remember that the acidity of the lime juice, mixed with the acidity of the tomatoes, means that the saltiness of salt will be reduced as chemical reactions occur. Therefore, salt generously (but don't OVER salt).
    salt season to taste


Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1752mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1076IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

Perfect Pairings Suggestion

This is the fresh salsa used in the recipe for The Best Fish Tacos Ever! (Gluten Free option too!). Yummy!

Fish tacos on a plate

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