Here’s a quick and easy recipe for pico de gallo (salsa Fresca) with fresh avocado, tomatoes, red onions, lemon juice and cilantro. Use it as a fun dip for Super Bowl parties, potlucks, or cookouts, or as a zesty topping for your favorite Mexican food like tacos!
Today we’re making some pico de gallo which is also known as salsa Fresca. It’s a fresh diced tomato-based dip full of texture and flavor and also one of my favorites! It has a hint of creaminess from the avocado, the crunch factor from freshly diced red onions and the bright flavors of cilantro and lime juice.
I didn’t include any jalapenos to keep this kid-friendly but if you want that extra kick, go ahead and add a couple of diced jalapenos or a few dashes of red pepper flakes. This dip is so fun and bright, it’s sure to make your day. Have fun dipping or use it as a fresh topping for these slow cooker beef tacos, slow cooker chicken tacos, instant pot chipotle chicken tacos, or this fun sheet pan chicken fajitas.
For more fun dips to bring to your next game day or get-together, try these dips: jalapeno popper dip, million dollar dip, buffalo chicken dip, cream cheese sausage dip, Velveeta Rotel sausage dip, or this slow cooker spinach and artichoke dip. Let’s start dipping!
PICO DE GALLO (SALSA FRESCA) RECIPE TIPS
Make sure to remove the seeds from the tomatoes before dicing so you’re only left with the flesh. This is so your dip isn’t super watery and slimy. Finish up dicing the red onions and chopping the cilantro before moving on to the avocado. You’ll want to minimize the time the avocado is exposed so it doesn’t brown.
Here’s a great way to dice your avocado without getting your hands too messy. I did it while making the dip and it works wonders! Once the avocado is diced and ready in your prep bowl, squeeze the lime juice all over it to keep it from oxidizing and staying nice and green. The acid in the lime juice is a strong antioxidant that will dramatically slow down the browning process. A good lemon /lime squeezer will come in handy if you decide to make bigger batches.
Then we mix! Add in some salt and pepper to taste and if you want some heat, toss in your jalapenos or some red pepper flakes. Dish and serve at room temperature or chilled.
MORE DIPS TO TRY
- Million Dollar Dip
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Cream Cheese Sausage Dip
- Jalapeno Popper Dip
- Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- Velveeta Rotel Sausage Dip