Pico de gallo literally translates to "rooster beak," and while the etymology is not exactly exhaustively documented, I trust the New Food Lover's Companion's explanation that the finger motion you use when picking up bits of pico de gallo to stuff into your tacos or top your totopos resembles a rooster's beak. Also known as salsa fresca or salsa mexicana (because of its resemblance to the colors of the Mexican flag), it's made by combining chopped tomatoes, onions, and chilies. But our version is ever-so-slightly more optimized for better flavor and texture.
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The classic fresh Mexican condiment made with tomatoes, onions, and chilies. Ours gets an added flavor boost with a bit of pre-salting and draining. Perfect on tacos, fajitas, and burritos.
Making mole sauce isn't the only way to incorporate peanuts into Mexican cuisine. Try a peanut-filled salsa fresca, or pico de gallo, for a great pairing of spicy and nutty flavors.
Classic pico de gallo with a scattering of peanuts.
During the warm-weather months, I have a friend who makes this proclamation every afternoon. At the beginning of the summer, one finds it charming. But as we get deeper into the warm-weather season, it's easy to get annoyed by his...
A glistening bowl of chopped summer tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime juice—it doesn't get much better than that. But that's the problem with this recipe. If tortilla chips are anywhere nearby, you might skip dinner altogether. If you can guard...