All hail this Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe. While this may be the easiest recipe EVER, it’s also one of my favorites. If you follow SMTY on Snapchat you’ll know that in the past few weeks I’ve made this homemade pico de gallo many, many, many times.
Mel! You never disappoint. The legend continues! I’ve long wanted to make my own salsa but never had the courage to try it until your recipe. I knew you wouldn’t let me https://great-salsa.com/category/mexican-food/ This turned out so delicious. I usually like mild salsa and I think this is closer to medium but it is perfect! Thank you for yet another amazing recipe.
On adjusting the heat: You can use seeds in part or all of your jalapenos. Seeds add heat; I leave them in about half the peppers. That’s for “hot” salsa! Also, you can seek out hot peppers with more stripes or “cracks” if you like spicy, as they naturally carry a zing.
One thing though, I have never heard of simmering it. I switch up making mine to where I add all ingredients into a food processor and process until well mixed and chopped and then serve, or I only place the tomatoes and spices in the food processor and process until well chopped and then add the finely chopped onions, jalapenos and cilantro and then mix manually until all is well mixed. This makes for a chunkier salsa, and again I serve immediately.
For spicy salsa, use a ratio of one hot pepper to three large tomatoes. Rocoto is the chile of choice in Peru, but use any chile available in your area. Add more hot peppers or a pepper higher on the Scoville scale for more heat.
Great recipe! I’ve never made my own salsa before now but I had a ton of Roma’s from our garden that needed to get used. I just made this recipe and it turned out so YUMMY! It’s so easy, the food processor did most of the work for me and it went really quick. Definitely making this again, maybe very soon with the tomato explosion we’re experiencing 😉 and next time I will add the second jalapeno to make it a little more spicy.
I made several batches of your recipe! However, I ran out of tomato sauce for one of the batches and instead used tomato paste and water to dilute it (since paste is thicker than sauce). Should it be ok as far as PH levels, acidity, so it remains safe for canning?
I love, love, love this salsa. I’ve made it several times and it’s been runny, so this time I drained out some of the juice from the can of tomatoes (not the Rotel). Perfection!!! Thank you thank you!
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I just finish making 18 pints of salsa, using this recipe with some modifications! I added 2 cups of finely dice red and green bell peppers, increased the vinegar to 3/4 cup and came out with a pH of 4.1. I let it set for about 30 minutes after mixing to mix the flavors and then I brought to a boil and only simmered for about 5 minutes, as I like less soggy salsa!
First time making salsa and this looks awesome. But I have what maybe a silly question. You drained tomatoes for 30 min. then put in large pan and bring to boil, Do you have any water in that pan or just the drained tomatoes, and if so how do you keep them from burning to bottom of the pan? Novice here thanks for patience.
This recipe looks delicious. I loved tomatoes. For my every salsa preparation I prefer tomatoes. But, never tried cucumber. It sounds me and I can’t wait to make it with cucumber. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.
Hi Holly – I’m honestly not sure in regards to food safety. From what I understand, the ingredients that can be altered without affecting food safety are: leaving out the tomato paste (not sure about the tomato sauce), altering the spices like cumin and salt and cilantro, etc., and modifying the amount of jalapenos. I don’t know the pH of radishes and how the would sub in for green peppers – and of course the amount of tomatoes and vinegar (for the main acidity) need to stay the same.
When this salsa, (or any tomato product) sits, undisturbed, it gels or congeals. It will absorba lot of runny liquid and thicken the salsa… In fact, it is what makes ketchup thick when it is cold and sits in the refrigerator.
We first start by taking the skins off the tomatoes. You probably don’t have to but I like it without them on. So you first blanche the tomatoes by placing them in boiling water for about 20 seconds. Immediately take them out and immerse them in ice cold water. This process allows the skins of the tomatoes to easily peel off just by slitting the skin.
I found this recipe from Pinterest and I cannot believe how good it tastes. I’ve made it once a week for the past 3 weeks. It will definitely be my go to salsa recipe for when I do not make my own with fresh tomatoes. Thanks so much for the recipe!
And when you’re hosting a party, have you ever noticed that the chips and salsa are the first foods to disappear? No matter how many fancy side salads, dips, or canapés folks set out, the chips and salsa are inevitably the most popular. You just can’t go wrong with the simple combo, and today I’ve upped the game. With a fresh and easy homemade salsa, you’ll never go back to the jarred store-bought version again!
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious! Loved the tip about the tomato skins. I have never heard this before. I was there with your grandmother. Not any more! Thank you for sharing this recipe. God bless,
Shannon, anaheims are very mild, and serranos are pretty hot. I fear that if you substitute the anaheims with the serranos, the salsa will be too hot to eat. It might work out if you take out all the seeds and white ribs/pith. Just be careful.
I havent tried omitting it, but she was 92 and just KNEW things.. As a matter of fact, I put a teaspoon of sugar in all my canned tomatoes (for soups) as well as the tsp of salt that most recipes require. She did it, I didnt question. Your mom knows best, right??!! Never know it is there.. Trust the recipe..perfect !!
“My husband had been buying some salsa from the store at $4.99 per container. So I purchased ingredients that was listed on the label, and made my own. It took a few tries but this worked best for our tastes. I had to list an amount for the cilantro, but I just grabbed about 1/2 a bunch (probably made 1/4-1/2 cup), chopped it and added it. It’s also best if it’s refrigerated for at least 1 hr so the flavors can blend.”
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Rachael, did you still put the full amount of cider vinegar into the batch of salsa and when putting into jars, individually add the lemon juice to each jar…if so, were they pint and how did this batch turn out? Thanks, Nancy
Tomatoes are a borderline acid / low acid fruit (see this page about tomato acidity for more information) – adding lemon juice helps, processing according to the specified times (determined by the USDA) in the water bath canner almost eliminates spoilage. You should boost the acid level of the sauce, by adding 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid per quart of sauce. (or half that, for pint jars)
Hi Kari. The tomatoes in the can are small to medium sized tomatoes, and there are plenty in there. I tested the recipe using canned, not fresh, so I can’t say for absolute certain, but my best guess would be to start with 8 small to medium tomatoes and make the salsa as directed. Taste it and use your best judgement as to if it needs more tomatoes or not.
This sounds just like a salsa I just had at a local restaurant. It was slightly sweet too. I loved it! I can’t wait to try this one. Sounds like a great sauce for many one dish meals. Thanks for sharing!
I found this recipe back in January when you posted it and I forgot to leave a comment. THANK YOU! This is my favorite salsa recipe! We make this ALL the time and my family is always begging me to make them some when I visit. I usually double or triple the batch. A few things that I’ve done differently that work great: I buy the garlic in a jar already chopped in the produce section. I
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Hi Mary Ann 🙂 We love cilantro, so I’ve never made this salsa without it. Most salsas actually have some cilantro in it, but if you hate the taste, you could substitute a bit of fresh parsley, or eliminate the cilantro altogether. I can’t guarantee the taste though, since my recipe uses cilantro as a big ingredient. The scoops method you mentioned sounds yummy!
BEST SALSA EVER!!!!!!! Only thing I did different was after chilling and taste-testing it needed a ton more salt so I ended up adding about 1Tbsp extra. Other than that it was Perfect!! Thank you for this recipe. I was very gun-shy about trying to make salsa after my first epic fail with a different recipe.
Ladle hot salsa into clean, warm jars, leaving about 1/2 inch headspace. Remove any air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding additional hot salsa. Wipe rim with a clean towel. Center the sterilized lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip-tight.