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Pico de Gallo

One of the Simplest Pico de Gallo Recipes

Pico de gallo (or “beak of the rooster,” as the phrase literally means in Spanish) is a classic Mexican condiment. This simple, fresh salsa is one which you will find at the table alongside almost every Mexican dish, from appetizers to entrees. It is great with tacos, chips, baked and roasted meats and vegetables and really, just about everything else as well.

The taste of pico de gallo depends entirely on the freshness and quality of the ingredients. For those of you who have gardens, the middle of summer to early autumn may be the best time of all to enjoy this pico de gallo recipe, since you can pick your own tomatoes, peppers and other ingredients right before you prepare the salsa and enjoy everything at the peak of flavor.

Of course, you can enjoy pico de gallo any time of year and much like they say about pizza, even when it is not so great, it is still pretty good stuff. The acidity of the tomatoes and lime juice, the snap and pungency of the onions and the heat of the jalapeno peppers make for a versatile, delicious salsa which is great with anything and many people enjoy all on its own! Continue reading

How to Make Pico de Gallo with Avocado Halves

If there are two things that just about everyone associates with Mexican cuisine, they are salsa and avocado. Salsa long since eclipsed ketchup to become the most popular condiment among Americans and you can now go to a grocery store pretty much anywhere in the country and find a wide variety of different salsas and hot sauces which are inspired by, if not always actually from, our neighbor to the south.

Avocado, of course, is a fruit, which almost everyone loves. Its creamy texture and one of a kind flavor have made it a favorite, especially as a topping for tacos and other Mexican sandwiches as well as in the form of guacamole. It is also a natural in salads of all kinds, where its rich flavor contrasts perfectly with other ingredients.

This avocado and Pico de Gallo recipe is in fact a sort of salad and makes an excellent first course or side dish with any Mexican meal as well as being a good light meal in its own right. The snappy acidity and mild heat of the Pico de Gallo pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the avocado, creating a flavor combination you will want to return to again and again. Great as a dish at parties or any time at all, this Pico de Gallo recipe is certain to become a favorite at your table. Continue reading

Authentic Spicy Pico de Gallo Recipe

One thing, which many of us associate with Mexican cuisine, is salsa. There are a lot of different types of salsa (which is in fact, simply the Spanish word for “sauce”), ranging across a wide spectrum of flavor profiles and with heat levels from incendiary to completely non-spicy, despite what many people have come to assume whenever they hear the word salsa.

Pico de Gallo is one of the most popular types of salsa, finding many fans across the world. It is a great accompaniment to almost any Mexican meal and of course, it is a classic along with tortilla chips, tacos and other popular Mexican dishes. This Pico de Gallo recipe turns up the heat a little bit, with jalapeno peppers giving this salsa its distinctive kick. However, heat is not the only thing going on in this salsa; the flavors of tomatoes, cilantro, onions, and lime come together with the heat of jalapenos to make this a salsa, which even those who are normally, a little reserved about spicy dishes can love.

You can also adjust the level of heat in this Pico de Gallo recipe by simply increasing or decreasing the amount of peppers used or if more heat is what you are after, by substituting the jalapenos with the slightly hotter Serrano pepper. It is a very flexible recipe, so do not be afraid to experiment and find a variation, which works, for you and your dinner or party guests. Continue reading

Traditional Mexican Salsa – Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is a traditional Mexican salsa. It is simple, fresh, and delicious. This salsa should not be saucy at all; it should be chunky and full of simple flavors. Serve it with tacos, on salads, grilled meats and more. You can also set out a delicious bowl with some chips for everyone to enjoy. This recipe is so simple you can make it in just a few minutes, so keep the ingredients on hand.

Dice everything very small. While this salsa should be chunky, it is not traditionally made to be in large chunks. You want to get all the flavors in every single bite. Leftovers can be refrigerated and served with the next meal. It is great with eggs in the morning. You can also put some on your sandwich at lunch time. Be adventurous and put this salsa out as a condiment at every meal. You may be surprised at how much you use it.

Like any homemade salsa, your recipe will only be as good as your ingredients. Choose the freshest produce you can find. Garden ripened tomatoes will give you a wonderful flavor. Even the variety of tomato you choose will make a difference; some are spicy, some are sweet and some are tangy. Onions vary, too. Some are sweet and mild while others are hot and spicy. Make your salsa with your favorites and you will get a flavor you love with every bite. Try it with different variations to see what tastes best to you and your family. Continue reading

An Authentic Mexican Pico de Gallo Recipe

This pico de gallo recipe is the same recipe that is made in thousands of Mexican households every day. Pico de gallo is a beautiful and aromatic Mexican condiment, which is served with fajitas or tacos, as well as with nachos, tortillas and even with Mexican salad recipes.

This is the basic pico de gallo recipe but you can adjust the chili level if you want to. Pico de gallo can be compared to a salsa but it is less liquid, which means you, can eat it with a toothpick or with your fingers. It is made with salad vegetables, chili, and limejuice for a fresh flavor. The onion and tomatoes form the base of this pico de gallo recipe and the other ingredients add flavor to it.

Pico de gallo is just as versatile as salsa and you might prefer this on sandwiches because it will not make them soggy like salsa will if you make the sandwiches in advance. Pico de gallo is best eaten the same day but it does keep for a day in the refrigerator if you have any left over. Feel free to use more cilantro if you like the flavor because it goes so nicely with the fresh-flavored ingredients in this pico de gallo recipe. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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