Welcome again to our guest blogger Ashley! Get out your knives and bowls because it's time to make Pico De Gallo!
Hello Again! Ashley Here! If you’re like me, this summer has been a whirlwind and now it’s
September already!! I’ve been spending my last few weeks of warm weather (well, kind of
warm) cramming in as much summer as I possibly can. One of my favorite warm weather
meals to make is Fajitas and with Fajitas, comes Pico De Gallo. Growing up, my mom
would make this pretty much all summer long. Back then I just didn’t appreciate Cilantro
like I should and she would always make me a batch without it. Now I’ve realized just how
magically delicious Cilantro can be.! Mom might kill me for giving away her recipe but trust
me, she’s still holding onto some secrets! While mine may taste fantastic, it’s still missing a
few ingredients I know she’s never told me! So without further ado, here is my take on
Mom’s Pico De Gallo!
3 or 4 large ripe tomatoes
1 small onion
2 small jalapenos
1 or 2 limes for juicing
1 handful of Cilantro
1 tsp. minced or fresh garlic (1 clove)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tsp. Cumin
A Lot of this is to taste so feel free to add more of anything you want. If I’ve got time, I’ll
chop up each thing individually. I like it with larger chunks and prefer it to be dryer.
Sometimes if I’m in a rush, I’ll use my food processer (or a blender) and it takes a lot less
time. Just be careful not to pulverize it!
Basically, just chop the tomatoes, onion and jalapenos into bite size pieces.
For the cilantro, Ma taught me a trick that works so well, I’ll never go back to chopping herbs any other way! Just put them into a coffee mug and use some scissors to chop everything up!
Once you have everything chopped and diced and sliced to your liking, season with salt, pepper, cumin and the minced garlic. We use a lot of garlic in our cooking, so I’ll add a little bit of garlic powder too but that’s just a preference.
Next you’ll add in lime juice. Now this is one of those things where you just have to decide what your lime preferences are. I’m not a huge lime person so I use it sparingly and just keep tasting until I get to the flavor I like. You can probably use the juice of 1 lime safely. I used lime juice from concentrate (you know the one that comes in a bottle?) here and had to taste and guess.
So now that you have all of your ingredients and you’ve seasoned it up, just mix, mix, mix until everything is well incorporated! Let it sit, covered, in the fridge for a few hours and all those juices and seasonings will soak up into the veggies and be so delicious!
And there you have it! Delcious Pico De Gallo at home. Better than the restaurant stuff
because Mom said so! I think you’ll agree!
Let us know in the comments how yours turned out! Thanks again to Cassie @ A Little
Treat for letting me share my recipes with all of you!