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My Sister’s Pico de Gallo

July 11, 2010

Today marked the end of my nephews’ and nieces’ visit.  To say that I’m exhausted is a severe understatement but I had so much fun; I hope they did, too.  It was an activity-packed last few days, ending with a barbecue/pool party with the rest of my family.  I already miss the kids, though.

We had so much food–filets, hamburgers (Mom’s way), grilled corn, Mom’s chicken adobo, and my sister, Gail’s, pico de gallo, just to name a few.  The last item is something I never make because both my sisters make such good versions.  It also helps that my parents grow a large variety of tomatoes and herbs, making today’s salsa even more special.

I forgot to ask my parents what tomatoes they brought but boy, were they sweet!  There’s really nothing like the flavor of homegrown tomatoes.  Combined with the onions, peppers, garlic, lime and cilantro, we couldn’t get enough.

This is a simple salsa; the fresh ingredients are what make it so good.  I can’t wait for my own tomato harvest so I can finally make this myself.

My Sister’s Pico de Gallo

  • Fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • Onion, chopped
  • Serrano and jalapeño chiles, chopped (one or the other or a combination of both, depending on your heat tolerance)
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Garlic, chopped
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients but the last three items in a large bowl.  Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to your liking.  Serve with tortilla chips.  Enjoy!

32 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2010 9:15 PM

    This looks so fresh and vibrant. I am visiting Texas and we’ve been eating A LOT of mexican food. I must say that this salsa trumps everything we’ve seen.

  2. July 11, 2010 11:02 PM

    Your pico de gallo looks so amazing – I love the colors!!! Sounds like an action packed visit but alot of fun. Have a great week!

  3. July 12, 2010 12:22 AM

    Yummy, this is one dish that always puts a smile on my face ! I agree there is no other taste that can compare to a homegrown tomato.

  4. July 12, 2010 1:30 AM

    Looks so good and fresh!

  5. Ruby McLee permalink
    July 12, 2010 9:44 AM

    Oh, give me a bowl of that pico de gallo, some tortilla chips and a beer and I’ll be a happy girl! Even though I don’t do cilantro, so I’d make it with parsley instead, it’s just soooo temptingly beautiful!

  6. July 12, 2010 10:42 AM

    Wow, this looks so fresh and colorful! The salsa looks so beautiful!

  7. July 12, 2010 10:54 AM

    That looks delicious. Nothing is more summery than fresh salsa and corn! What a great event. Family + FOOD 😉

  8. July 12, 2010 2:38 PM

    Wow…I loved the tomatoes pictures, they look awesome and the Pico de Gallo looks delicious.

  9. July 12, 2010 4:14 PM

    Wow, the pictures look great and the pico de gallo makes me wish I had a tortilla chip in my hand right now….

  10. July 12, 2010 4:24 PM

    Pico de Gallo is the best!!! Love it on everything. I have never tried to make my own and now I am going to have to. Thanks for sharing. Love you pictures.

  11. July 12, 2010 4:25 PM

    Absolutely beautiful! Now I’m really impatient for my tomato harvest!

  12. July 12, 2010 5:17 PM

    Love the colors on the salsa.

  13. July 12, 2010 6:28 PM

    Looks so wonderful and fresh…love all the colors:)

  14. July 12, 2010 8:51 PM

    HI there,

    Love the freshness of thsi summer salsa. Now you got me all hungry. We just barbequed chicken yesterday in our garden. Knowing you earlier, I would defo make this with it 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. trissalicious permalink
    July 13, 2010 3:52 AM

    Your pico de gallo looks so vibrant and packed with flavour – It does remind me of a tomato and onion salad we usually have with adobo – do you think this would go well with it as well with a bowl of steaming rice? yum….

    • July 13, 2010 7:27 AM

      Trissa, that’s my other sister’s favorite condiment. I think that would work with adobo and rice, for sure. 🙂

    • Gail dan permalink
      July 14, 2010 8:07 PM

      My Mom actually prepared adobo that day for the BBQ and I ate mine with this salsa , I would say YES, it does mesh well (:

  16. July 13, 2010 12:03 PM

    I love the freshness of this pico de gallo! And so many colors! I’m sure it was fantastic 🙂

  17. July 13, 2010 6:10 PM

    Beautiful site, love the Pico de Gallo. I will be returning, take care. 🙂

  18. July 14, 2010 9:06 AM

    This looks incredible, and your photos are to die for!

  19. July 14, 2010 12:36 PM

    Great color!
    I will try the addition of garlic powder, sounds like a good idea.

    • July 14, 2010 12:39 PM

      Lori, thanks for stopping by! I have to admit that I wouldn’t make this without the garlic powder. It really adds a lot of flavor. 🙂

  20. July 14, 2010 12:57 PM

    I love pico de gallo. This one is gorgeous! I love all of the different colors from the tomatoes.

  21. lauren permalink
    July 25, 2010 5:26 AM

    Can this recipe be canned/preserved using a boiling water bath?

    • July 25, 2010 10:56 AM

      Lauren, I’m sorry to say that I don’t know. I haven’t ventured into canning yet. Sorry I’m no help!

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