Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


Pico de Gallo



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  • 3 medium-size ripe tomatoes, seeded
  • 1/2 medium-size onion, peeled
  • 2 to 4 serrano or jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced (for a spicier salsa leave the seeds in)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt (sea or kosher), or more to taste

Step 1: Cut the tomatoes and onion into 1/4 inch dice and transfer to a bowl. Stir in the chiles, garlic (if using), cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Correct the seasoning, adding salt or lime juice; the salsa should be highly seasoned. The virtue of this salsa lies in its freshness. Serve it within 1 hour of making.

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