Story time--when we finally got settled after a long day of traveling and having to switch hotels and rooms, we went to dinner in the hotel. I asked what kind of wine they had and the server said red or white. O-kkkkay. Then the hubs asked what kind of beer they had, and the server said beer and walked away. We just sat there stunned and wonder what happened until he brought back a little plastic cup with beer in it. Turns out they only had one kind and they served it sparingly. Gonna need more my friend. Lesson learned.
Anyway, the secret to pico de gallo is that there are equal amounts of tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. You can adjust everything to your own personal preferences and add in as much jalapeno as you'd like for the heat factor. The pico pictured is extremely mild since I forgot to buy a jalapeno at the store and our garden isn't growing yet. I really didn't want to go back for one so I just omitted it, but it still tasted great.
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5 roma tomatoes
1/2 red onion
Chop the tomatoes and onion into small pieces. (I've heard that running the chopped onion under cold water will take some of the overpowering raw onion taste out of it, so I do that. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.) If you want a milder pico, remove the seeds in the jalapeno (I do this). Finely dice the jalapeno(s). Adjust the amount of jalapeno for the temperature you prefer.
Grab a bunch of cilantro and chop it up. You can leave the leaves attached to the stems, but discard the long stems. The leaves are where the flavors are at. Mix everything together, add a couple tablespoons of lime juice (or about 1/2 of a lime squeezed), and salt. Mix together and try out the concoction with a chip. Adjust seasoning/ingredients until you're happy with it.
It's best if you eat the pico de gallo within 24 hours. Once you master how much of each ingredient you like, you can always scale it down and make it personal sized for one meal. If I want a little for lunch or a snack, I’ll use one tomato and scale everything else down. This was perfect last summer when we had roma tomatoes and jalapenos growing in the garden!
Recipe from The Pioneer Woman
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