Pico de gallo salsa dips are fresh, uncooked salsas made from chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro and chilis. There are plenty of other ingredients that can be added to suit personal flavor. Pico de gallo is a classic mild salsa dip, that goes great with chips, adds flavor to burritos and tacos, or with a touch of some fresh hot peppers, become a potent spicy salsa! When done right, pico de gallo salsa dips can even be eaten as is by the spoonful. Here is a simple, easy to make a delicious pico de gallo recipe.
- 4 Large, ripe, red tomatoes, seeded
- 1 small, white onion, peeled
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, washed
- Fresh lime juice
- 2 to 3 peppers. Choose peppers based on how hot your want your pico de gallo salsa dips.
- Salt and pepper
- Hot sauce (optional)
- Cut and chop tomatoes, onions, garlic into small pieces. Finely chop the cilantro.
- Mix tomatoes, onions, garlic and cilantro together with the lime juice. DO NOT mix to hard or for too long. Too much mixing will make a mushy salsa.
- Add some hot sauce now, if you want to add an extra spicy kick.
- Slice chili peppers and add to the mix. If you want a less spicy pico de gallo, remove the seeds from the peppers.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix more if needed, cover and let sit in fridge for at least 30 minutes. Pico de gallo salsa dips taste better after resting over time. It allows the flavors and juices to settle and mix.
Any other number of ingredients can be added to a recipe to customize the flavor to your own tastes. Shrimp, avocado, cucumber, radish or mango are all common pico de gallo additions. Some easy to prepare recipes using salsa are burritos, quesadillas, grande nachos, or just about anything with sauteed fish or chicken. In fact, pico de gallo means rooster’s beak in Spanish and is a perfect compliment to chicken entrees.
Salsas make for incredibly healthy appetizer dips, finger food or additions to main courses. Salsa nutrition is based around fresh, carefully prepared vegetables and juices. Fresh salsa calories are almost nonexistant, with even less nutritional value coming from fats and carbohydrates. If you are looking for an easy to make, delicious and healthy snack to add to a dinner party or as a meal side dish, head over to your local produce store, buy up some fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic and cilantro and craft yourself a tasty, beautiful pico de gallo!