April 14, 2012

Pico de Gallo



Whew - I've had a string of cooking flops lately.  Hate it when I have a run like that.  I've been trying out some new recipes, making a couple of things from my "30 for 2012 Project" list, and working on a new frosting.  Well, after three runs at the new frosting, I don't have it nailed yet (but I'm close!).   Made a terrible salad for my family's Easter get-together.  Had two disappointments from my "Project" list.

I felt the need to have a success.  So I decided to bring you one of my all-time, pretty-much-fool-proof favorites ... pico de gallo (aka - salsa fresca).  Mark and I love this stuff.  We eat it the traditional way with tortilla chips, straight from a spoon, spooned over Mexican dishes, or over brown rice as a meatless main dish.  And I swear Mark can eat a quart of it in a single sitting.

We love it made with Roma tomatoes ...


... and LOTS of cilantro and fresh lime.  Oh, and don't forget the jalapenos!  Mark can never get enough jalapenos.


Mark loves jalapenos so much, we ... and by 'we', I mean Mark ... have a joke about them now.  Whenever I cook something Mark says, "It needs more jalapeno."  Give him pico de gallo? ... "Needs more jalapeno."  Give him spaghetti? ... "Needs more jalapeno."  A brownie?  ... "Needs more jalapeno."  You get the point. 

Well, last night, I actually came up with something for which he DID NOT say "Needs more jalapeno."  Yay!  You'll have to wait to see what it was ... I'll post it soon.  Until then, enjoy some pico de gallo.  You decide if it needs more jalapeno!

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Pico de Gallo
Source:  Inspired by many Mexican restaurants  :-)

Ingredients
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 large jalapeno peppers, finely chopped, seeded to taste
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 to 2 tsp. salt
Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  2. Taste, and adjust salt if needed. Serve with tortilla chips, alongside main dishes, or over rice as a meatless meal.
  3. NOTE: I remove the seeds from 1 1/2 peppers, and leave the seeds in 1 1/2 peppers. Adjust as you'd like to get your desired 'heat.' The more seeds, the more 'heat.'

Enjoy!

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12 comments:

  1. Dear Tracey, I couldn't agree more- the more Jalapenos the better!! This looks like a wonderful and light treat! And I'm sure your frosting will come out perfect! Have a wonderful weekend, Blessing, Catherine

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  2. I LOVE homemade salsa! It's so easy to make and tastes so much better than store-bought!

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  3. This salsa looks amazing! Happy Scrumptious Sunday Link Party.

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  4. Just looking at this makes me so happy for summer. It's so pretty and colorful!

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  5. Fresh salsa is the best--I agree. Roma tomatoes were created to make Pico de Gallo.
    I'm sorry you have had a few kitchen flops. I've had my share, occasionally I post about one. Beginning cooks/bakers need to know it's a process, the more we try the better we get.
    Have a great day.

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  6. Look at all of those beautiful viabrent colors!!! This looks so delish...can't wait for all of the season's fresh veggies to become available. Thanks for sharing...following you now on both GFC and as a L.F.!

    Have a great evening!!!

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  7. I love fresh salsa...bring on summer!!! Thanks so much for sharing at Scrumptious Sunday!

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  8. This looks so delicious! We love pico de gallo! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

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  9. This looks so fresh and a little different from your typical salsa. Please share this on my foodie friday linky today.

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  10. Nothing like homemade salsa! Looks delicious and healthy.
    -Lynn

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  11. I have lived in the Southwest for many years and love a good pico! This one sounds great and will try it soon.

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