Cooking With Sensei – Pico de Gallo

How To Make Fresh Pico De Gallo

Get ready for a  fresh flavor explosion in your mouth!  This very special topping for your BBQ delight is made quick and easy. It literally takes minutes! In this salsa you will have a combination of tomato, onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, salt and fresh lime juice. 
 
Quick & Easy Tomato Prep
  1. Dice up your tomatoes
  2. Season them (A quick sprinkle of kosher salt will do)
  3. Place tomatoes into food strainer with a bowl underneath
  4. Refrigerate for ~1 hour
 This will do 2 things; one, amplify and open up the sweetness of your tomatoes and drain out any excess liquid that is released from the tomatoes before mixing it with the additional ingredients.
 
While the tomatoes are resting in the fridge, now dice up the onion, (I prefer my onion cut up into smaller pieces to avoid a strong sense of onion over any of the other ingredients.) Then follow by cutting up the jalapeño pepper even smaller. (This is a personal preference. You can opt to leave it out if you don’t like too much heat in your food, or reduce the amount you put in based on your preference.)  Chop up the cilantro. Then pour all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl, squeeze one fresh lime and mix.

Fun Pico de Gallo Trivia!

The wonderful thing about fresh pico de gallo is that you can eat it right out of the bowl on a chip, or use it as an ingredient for other recipes like guacamole, fajitas, enchiladas, and black bean soup. Not only is it so rich and versatile in its flavor, but it’s highly adaptable so that you can make it according to how YOU like. All you need is ripe tomatoes,onions, jalepeno, cilantro, salt and lime juice.
 
So here’s a little trivia for you … Did you know the name “Pico de Gallo” literal translation is “rooster’s beak”? Why you might ask? 

Well it’s because it contains the colors found on a rooster’s head! Think about it …comb and all. Another reason why it was called that is because of the way people once ate it by hand; with the thumb and forefinger imitating the pecking of a rooster while eating.  You can even see the colors of the Mexican flag in the ingredients!