Easy Pico de Gallo recipe

This delicious, easy Pico de Gallo recipe is made from fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro, with a touch of salt and lime juice! Fresh and crisp!

Easy Pico de Gallo recipe for any occasion!

My son is leaving for the Marines this summer.

Sometimes that statement just hits me like a ton of bricks. Full of conflicting emotions.

I’m so proud of him and all the he strives for each day and week, as he works with his recruiter and team to prepare. But, the mom in me just wants to wrap him up in my arms and never let him go.

He graduates high school in three weeks, and instead of a graduation party, we are having a “going away to boot camp” party on the 4th of July. It only seems fitting to celebrate this big occasion on the 4th.

I’ve been working on menus and food for the party, his favorite of course being tex mex. He is my child, after all!

But it occurred to me that I haven’t shared this easy pico de gallo recipe with you.

Easy Pico de Gallo recipe for any occasion!

Cinco de Mayo is also right around the corner, so it seems fitting that I share this recipe. The hardest part is dicing the veggies. No lie, it’s tedious. Especially if you need to make a giant batch.

But it’s so worth it. The flavor of all the ingredients shine through, unlike restaurant style salsas and picantes.

I’ll be sharing an easy dinner recipe later this week, that works PERFECTLY with this pico de gallo (Tequila Chicken Tacos, anyone)?! You can say I love Mexican Food. A lot!

For now, I’m gong to go indulge in a big dish of this, with an excessive amount of chips, while I think about my son being away from home.

Easy Pico de Gallo recipe for any occasion!

How to make pico de gallo:

Step 1: Start with fresh ingredients: tomatoes, white onions, jalapenos, fresh cilantro. Adjust the heat by adding MORE or LESS jalapeno. You can also use serrano pepper if you prefer, finely chopped.

Step 2: Dice all the vegetables really tiny. This is the only part that takes awhile, but you want them small enough to scoop onto a chip!

Step 3: Combine everything in a medium bowl and stir together with your salt and lime juice, season to taste! Serve with tortilla chips on the side.

Step 4: Serve your homemade, fresh salsa on fish, chicken, rice, or with chips!

Love homemade salsa and dip recipes? It’s my thing too….


 Watermelon Peach Salsa: the sweet, juicy fruit with the spicy jalapeno and onion is a perfect combo!


 Mango Salsa: another great fruit and veggie combo! And the pomegranate in this is amazing!


Fruit Salsa: this fresh fruit salsa is great with cinnamon pita chips. And the hint of mint is spectacular!

What to serve with Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is not only great served with chips, but it also makes a great topping for so many dinners!





Yield: 6 cups

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

This delicious, easy Pico de Gallo recipe is made from fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro, with a touch of salt and lime juice! Fresh and crisp!


  • 8 large roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 red onions, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1-2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Cut all tomatoes, onions and jalapenos VERY VERY fine dice. Combine in a bowl with the lime juice, cilantro and 1 tsp of the salt.
  2. Mix and taste. If desired add in additional salt. Allow flavors to mingle before serving, for at least an hour.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/2 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 391mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 1g
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

Easy Pico de Gallo recipe for any occasion!

**This recipe for Pico de Gallo was originally published on Shugary Sweets on April 29, 2015 and has been republished in April 2018.**

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68 comments on “Easy Pico de Gallo recipe”

  1. Congrats on your son getting into the Marines! Of course you’re proud. That’s awesome. And this pico de gallo looks pretty awesome too, kind of like the stuff from Chipotle and that’s the highest compliment I can pay. 

  2. Whoa! What a big day! Congrats! And who can turn down Pico? Not me! 

  3. This looks so wonderfully easy and delicious! I must try it! 

    Congrats to you and your son on his graduation and the marines! I hope the party goes well! 

  4. What a great summer recipe! Congrats to your son!

  5. It’s hard to believe that graduation is just 3 weeks away!  Jeremy and I were just saying that it’s only 2 years away for us…that’s crazy talk!  I know the feeling of just wanting to scoop these kiddos up in our arms and never let them go.  Seriously how did time go so fast?  Ok, enough teary eye talk!!!  Unless it’s from cutting onions while we make our salsas…too funny we both had mexican and salsa on the brain.  I have a meal to share later that we ate this salsa with too 😉

  6. Good for him! I can’t imagine all the emotions you must have, though. And this Pico looks perfect. I bet your son will miss your food something fierce!

  7. Debra Ivarson

    Congratulations on your marine, my oldest went in 5 years ago.  I was proud and terrified at the same time.  When he leaves, it will be the longest 13 weeks of your life.  Be sure to follow all the rules regarding mail, but write often with encouragement.  It will help you both.

    The recipe looks great, I’ve never tried pico de gallo, but I will try this.  

  8. Kudos to your son! We are all thankful for men like him! And what a perfect way to send him off and this pico de gallo will be the star of the show!

  9. Pico de gallo is my go-to side whenever I make tacos or quesadilla. I’ve started adding other spices like cumin or even Japanese 7-spice powder with great results!

  10. I love pico de gallo! Sometimes I add cubed avocado to it, it’s practically a meal!

  11. Awww I don’t know what I will do when my son graduates. I would be a ball of tears. I hope he enjoys this time and loves the marines. Very cool of him! This pico de gallo looks so good. I love fresh stuff like this. PS your not old enough to have a son graduating. 🙂 

  12. Cathy

    It’s been so long since I made this that I’d forgotten how, and I was thinking of pico de gallo the other day, so I will be making this soon. 

    Congratulations on your son becoming a marine. Mine is just getting out of the Navy after 8 years. And I agree with Debra above, boot camp will be the longest 13 weeks of your life. Getting mail from home is so important to them at that time, so yes, write often. My son asked me to, so I wrote him everyday and he was delighted. After a hard days work(out) it is something they look forward to. Your son will do fine and the experience will serve him well in his future career. 

  13. Wow Aimee! So cool that your son is going into the Marines. But, I’m with you – I’d want to wrap him in my arms and not want to let him to go. 🙂  I think this Pico de Gallo is the perfect send off.  You raised a great son – so you should definitely celebrate! And, this recipe sounds amazing!

  14. Your pico recipe is identical to mine! So easy, fast and fresh – I love this stuff! 

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  16. Wow. Your son must be an amazing person, and you are an amazing mom for raising him. We all thank him for his service!
    And I thank you for this recipe. I love pico de gallo. It’s my favorite dip, and this one looks so fresh!!

  17. aw I’m so sorry your son is leaving but I can tell how proud you are of him!

    I love this pico de gallo recipe-so need to try it!

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  19. Sandra

    Congrats and Semper Fi!!! From a Marine Daughter, Mother, and Mother-in-law… You Really do have reason to be proud as I can tell you are. I had my Son’s Boot Camp Graduation party instead of a High School Graduation party (my son graduated early to go in on Memorial Day 7 years ago. If you would like to touch base on anything. Marine Mom to Marine Mom feel free. Tell your son Ooh Rah!! from my family and myself. Oh and I love Mexican food too. The Pico was wonderful and will be making again. Congrats again and welcome the the Marine Family!!

  20. Amanda

    To Aimee and Sandra,

    THANK YOU so much for what your families are sacrificing. So few people hear the calling to serve our country, and I respect what your children are doing for all of us in today’s world. I am a medically retired vet from the AF, but we all know Marines are top-notch. I can’t express my gratitude enough. Aimee, I know it has been a few years, but I truly hope your son was able to find his place in such an extreme environment as the Marines are placed in. How brave all of you are.

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  25. This looks so easy and incredibly delicious!! YUM!!

  26. Krissy Allori

    I’m still getting tomatoes from the garden, so this recipe is exactly what I was looking for! Can’t beat a fresh homemade pico de gallo!

  27. Absolutely mouthwatering and oh those flavors!

  28. Pico is one of my favorite things on the planet. It’s crazy how just a few simple ingredients can taste so amazing!

    BTW, a big thanks to that hero of yours!! We sure appreciate his sacrifice (and yours).

  29. Kristyn

    I live for pico! Thanks for the yummy recipe!!

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  34. Liz

    Easy recipes are the best! And especially when they taste good!

  35. lauren kelly

    This looks so fresh and delicious! Definitely my favorite!

  36. Steph

    I love pico de gallo but I’ve never tried making it before. This recipe looks so easy, thanks!

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  46. Hi aimee, It’s this research I’ve been looking for for a long time, tomato & chips but I’m going to add more apple

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