by Texas Homesteader ~
I make fresh pico de gallo in minutes using fresh garden vegetables such as ripe tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapenos and cilantro. Go ahead, ENJOY eating your vegetables!
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What Is Pico de Gallo?
RancherMan & I love pico de gallo. (pronounced peek-o-day-GUY-o) It’s a zesty mix of tomatoes, onion, garlic and jalapenos. And it’s one of our favorite ways to enjoy garden veggies.
Growing A Salsa Garden
This year RancherMan even requested that I plant a pico de gallo garden to assure we can enjoy that culinary delight whenever we like. I was, of course, happy to oblige him!
Cilantro (plus cilantro also Makes Coriander, so it’s a double-duty garden choice!)
What Goes With Pico de Gallo?
I like to use pico de gallo as a flavor punch for Tex-Mex Dishes. But it’s a great snack too.
Recently we were invited to a family cookout so we told them we’d bring fresh homemade pico de gallo.
You’re not gonna believe how quickly it all comes together!
How To Make Homemade Pico de Gallo
RancherMan’s recipe for a batch of homemade pico de gallo is simple:
4 roma-styled tomatoes,
1 small onion,
1 clove of garlic,
1/2 cup chopped cilantro,
1/2 of a jalapeno
Juice from 1/2 lime
Although the quantities above are for a single batch of pico de gallo, more times than not we make multiple batches at one time. Why not have some in the fridge to enjoy ourselves?
Preparing Pico De Gallo Ingredients
We’ve found removing most of the seeds from the tomatoes makes the pico de gallo less watery.
And roma tomatoes offer a thicker result than slicing tomatoes too.
RancherMan quarters the tomatoes and I help him remove most of the seeds. I prefer to do this with clean hands instead of trying to use a knife to cut the seed section away.
So I hold the tomato & with my thumbs sweep the seed section into my compost bucket. (I’m pretty sure that’s where all my compost volunteer plants come from! LOL)
While deseeding the tomatoes I’m not too worried about getting every last seed, so this step doesn’t take long.
Easier Vegetable Chopping Device
Ugh! All that chopping & mixing of fresh vegetables. Isn’t that gonna take lots of time? And more importantly, isn’t that gonna make a big, juicy mess?
Nope. Hang onto your seats, folks.
RancherMan makes a batch of pico de gallo in about 3 minutes.
Then we bring out the secret pico-de-gallo-weapon: our *pico de gallo chopper.
He roughly quarters the peeled onion and tosses it into the chopper. Then we toss the de-seeded tomato quarters in as well.
He follows that with coarsely chopped fresh cilantro & a jalapeno sliced in half.
If you like your food spicy, don’t remove the seeds. It’s the seeds and membranes that hold the most spiciness in a jalapeno.
But if you want a milder pico de gallo you can quickly remove the seeds and membranes of the jalapeno.
Then RancherMan tosses in a peeled clove of garlic. Finally he gives the whole thing a hefty squeeze of lime juice from half of that lime.
Easiest. Pico de Gallo. EVER!
Now comes the magic part, y’all. He snaps the lid onto our pico maker and with a couple of turns of the handle… BOOM! Everything is perfectly chopped & mixed. We just dump it into a serving bowl and we’re ready to go.
Now I know I sound like an infomercial here but DANG we love this chopper! RancherMan just made fresh pico in about 3 minutes!
The Chopper Blade Makes The Difference
We’ve found there are also many chopper imitations out there now. But most have differently shaped blades
We’ve tried others when we picked ’em up at garage sales for cheap. But we weren’t happy with the results.
Personally, I think the shape of the blade is the key.
These curved blades work better in our opinion than the squared serrated blades in many of the models out there today.
We have this *pico de gallo chopper and LOVE IT!
Enjoy Your Homemade Pico de Gallo
So if we’re gonna eat our veggies, why not enjoy them? This pico is a healthy way of enjoying that home-grown goodness.
Of course you don’t need a pico de gallo chopper to enjoy it – just get out a sharp knife and cutting board & get busy. It’s delicious and a healthy way to actually ENJOY eating your vegetables!
Did you make this Pico de Gallo? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!
Fresh Vegetable Pico de Gallo Recipe
A quick & easy, DELICIOUS way to enjoy your veggies! Homemade pico de gallo made in just minutes using garden vegetables such as tomato, onion, garlic & jalapeno. Bon Apetit! #TexasHomesteader
- 4 medium tomatoes , quartered (remove most seeds)
- 1 small white onion , peeled & quartered
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 jalapeno (deseeded if less heat desired)
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro , coarsely chopped
- squeezed juice from 1/2 lime
Quarter fresh tomatoes and remove seed section. Quarter onion. Peel garlic clove & de-seed jalapeno (if desired). Loosely chop cilantro.
Add all ingredients to pico chopper. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lime over ingredients & place lid on chopper. Turn handle until ingredients are thoroughly chopped & mixed. (Optional - chop all ingredients with sharp knife instead)
Pour ingredients into serving dish, garnish with cilantro and enjoy cold!
Snacks We Love
- Homemade Honey-Graham Crackers
- Rosemary Crackers w/Olive Oil & Garlic
- MYO Pita Chips Using Flour Tortillas
Sweet Dessert Breads
- Easiest 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
- Cake-Mix Cookies – Only 3 Ingredients!
- Double Chocolate Banana Chunk Cookies
- Sugar-Free Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
- Simple Meringue Cookies Using Aquafaba
- Healthier ‘Ice Cream’ Using Bananas & Fruit
- Easy Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream Cake
- Rich & Creamy Fudgesicles
- Crunchy Savory Roasted Chickpeas
- Rice Krispie Treats With A Chocolate Twist
- Triple Chocolate Truffles
- Getting Your Family To Snack On Healthy Veggies
- Watermelon Smoothie (or Daiquiri)
…And MANY MORE!
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