Recipe: Pico De Gallo

According to Wikipedia, pico de gallo is Spanish for rooster’s beak. I always thought it was peck of the rooster, because it’s got some bite to it. You decide how spicy you want it based on how much jalapeño you use. Also note that one batch of jalapeños is different in heat from the next.

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Our rooster, Chuck: handsome but mean!

Pico de gallo is a condiment that compliments eggs, meat, and guacamole, to name a few. I throw it in a bowl of soup sometimes.


  • tomatoes, fresh, 7 oz (200 g), chopped very finely
  • onion, fresh, 2 oz (60 g), chopped very finely
  • jalapeño pepper, fresh, 1 whole (14 g), chopped very finely after discarding stem
  • cilantro, fresh, 10–15 sprigs chopped finely to yield 3–4 tbsp (2 g)
  • salt, 2 pinches (2/16 tsp) or to taste


If you prefer less spicy heat, use less jalapeno and don’t use the seeds. Combine all ingredients and you’re done. Eat at room temperature, chilled, or heated at medium heat in a saucepan (about 5 minutes, until jalapenos lose their intense green color).

Servings: 3 servings of 1/2 cup (120 ml) each.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving:

  • 8% fat
  • 81% carbohydrate
  • 11% protein
  • 21 calories
  • 4.5 g carbohydrate
  • 1.2 g fiber
  • 3.3 g digestible carbohydrate
  • 104 mg sodium (2 pinches of added salt)
  • 216 mg potassium
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Some prefer it coarsely chopped like this – it’s quicker

One response to “Recipe: Pico De Gallo

  1. I believe it’s a play on words. “Picante” is Spanish for “spicy”.