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Pico de Gallo

Juicy red tomatoes burst with the flavors of Mexico: punchy cilantro, crisp onions, fresh lime juice and the bite of chiles.  Pico de Gallo makes almost any dish taste like a celebration.

Rooster's Beak?

PIco de Gallo made in the Adventure Kitchen, April 2015

PIco de Gallo made in the Adventure Kitchen, April 2015

Pico de gallo means "rooster's beak" in Spanish.  As far as we can tell, no one knows why!  In various parts of Mexico, it may also be called salsa cruda ("crude/raw sauce"), salsa fresca ("fresh sauce") or salsa Mexicana ("Mexican sauce").

Unlike many other salsas in Mexican cooking, Pico de Gallo is always made with raw ingredients, diced small (never pureed or blended).

Choosing Chiles

There are many, many types of chiles in Mexico!  In the United States, when we think of chiles, we often just think "hot."  But there is a lot more than heat to chiles!  Chiles add flavor to Mexican dishes as well, and each type contributes a different flavor.

Our Pico de Gallo recipe calls for jalapenos, simply because they are readily available all over the United States!  Another great choice would be serranos, slightly smaller and narrower than the typical jalapeno but with roughly the same amount of heat and a similar flavor.

We'll learn more about cooking with chiles in the coming weeks.

Measuring tomatoes

Measuring tomatoes

Squeezing lime juice

Squeezing lime juice

Taking some home for later!

Taking some home for later!


Recipe

Pico de Gallo, made in the Adventure Kitchen in April 2015.

Pico de Gallo, made in the Adventure Kitchen in April 2015.

Pico de Gallo

Juicy, red tomatoes, crisp yellow onions, a punch of cilantro, zippy jalapenos and a burst of lime juice.  In Pico de Gallo, the flavors of Mexico mingle together to add some zing to almost any dish.  

Next Week:  Fantastic Frijoles!