Pico De Gallo Recipe

Monday, January 8, 2024
Pico De Gallo has always been one of my most requested recipes. I usually take a large bowl to parties and potlucks. It's always one of the first things to get devoured. This Pico De Gallo has a simple list of ingredients but fresh squeezed orange along with the lime juice is one of the ingredients that makes this so addicting and why I always get asked for the recipe. Ripe tomatoes, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, red onion, pickled jalapeños, fresh jalapeños, and cilantro give this Pico De Gallo an irresistible fresh taste that keeps you going back for more.

Other favorite dips we like to serve at parties like Super Bowl include Chili Con Queso, Habanero Pineapple Blueberry Salsa, and Greek Feta Dip.

A down shot of Pico De Gallo in a light blue bowl with chips around the edge.

Pico De Gallo is one of those recipes that is really easy to learn how to make.

We make Pico De Gallo a lot, and I mean a lot! And we always make a ridiculously large batch of it.

The ingredients for Cabbage Pico De Gallo are a little different than most recipes. This is roughly based on a favorite Mexican Restaurant we used to go to a long time ago. The freshly shredded cabbage adds a nice freshness plus texture to the recipe. It's a little different but you have to try it! It is so delicious!  Fresh jalapeño, pickled jalapeño, lime, and fresh squeezed orange balance out the acid and heat.

I always think there is no way we will eat all of this before it goes bad. Then I head to the fridge the next day and guess what, it's gone. Totally devoured!

One of the things that's always requested if we are going to a party is a giant bowl and by giant bowl I mean the biggest mixing bowl I have in the house full of Cabbage Pico De Gallo.

Pico De Gallo is as much a staple in our house as Taco Tuesdays, and I know you'll love it as much as we do so I thought I would add an updated pic, and re-share this oldie but a goodie!

Pico De Gallo being scooped with a chip.
*Old Post*

This recipes comes courtesy of Pastor Nik! Ok just kidding!

We went over to Nik and Heathers for Super Bowl and Nik went on to tell everyone he had made the Pico De Gallo. If you got to know our Pastor you would learn he's such a prankster! 

But his wife Heather did make a really tasty Crock Pot Beef Sandwich with Caramelized Onions ( still drooling thinking of there tastiness) and Andrea had made a super tasty Brownie with Peanut Butter Swirl. I'm still thinking about all the yummy good.

Here's how to make Pico De Gallo:

A down shot of diced tomatoes in a stainless steel bowl.
Dice 2 pounds Tomatoes. I will usually purchase whatever tomatoes are ripest but firm at the store. 

It usually ends up being Roma Tomatoes or the Vine Ripe Tomatoes, but it varies through out the year.

A down shot of shredded cabbage in a food processor.
Shred 1/2 a whole Small Head Cabbage. I use to do this with a knife and chop it fine, but I usually just use my Food Processor anymore to save time.

Shed 2 whole Carrots and 1/2 a whole Red Onion 

Add everything to the Tomatoes.

2 Jalapeños on a cutting board. 1 sliced in half and deseeded.
Chop finely 1-2 whole Jalapeños. I usually will remove the seeds, but you can leave them if you like your Pico De Gallo hotter.

Chop 1/4 cup Pickled Jalapeños. Add jalapeños to tomatoes. 

A down shot of Pico De Gallo in a light blue bowl with chips around the edge.
Stir in:
  • 1/2 bunch of Cilantro Finely Diced
  • Juice of 1/2 whole Orange
  • Juice of 2 whole Limes
  • 1 tablespoon Pickled Jalapeño Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt or To Taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper or To Taste
Mix until well combined and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let the flavors develop.

Pico De Gallo is sometimes referred to as Salsa Fresco which is an uncooked style of Salsa. Pico De Gallo is always chunkier then salsa which sometimes even comes pureed. It originated from Mexico.  

I can't promise you this recipe is authentic but I can promise you it's delicious! 

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Yield: 12
Author: Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Pico De Gallo

Pico De Gallo

How to make Pico De Gallo with cabbage. A delicious balance of heat and acid from the addition of pickled jalapeños, fresh orange juice, and fresh lime juice from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Prep time: 15 MinTotal time: 15 Min


  • 2 pounds Tomatoes, Diced
  • 1/2 whole Small Whole Head Cabbage, Shredded
  • 2 whole Carrot, Shredded
  • 1/2 whole Red Onion, Diced
  • 1-2 whole Jalapeno, Diced and Seeds Removed (Dependent On How Hot You Like It.)
  • 1/4 cup Pickled Jalapenos, Chopped
  • 1/2 whole Orange, Juiced
  • 2 whole Lime, Juiced
  • 1 tablespoon Pickled Jalapeno Juice
  • 1/2 bunch Cilantro, Chopped Finely
  • 1teaspoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt, Or To Taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper, Or To Taste


  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Fold in all ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  2. Best if allowed to chill for 2 hours, but can be eaten immediately.

Nutrition Facts




0.24 g

Sat. Fat

0.03 g


8.63 g


1.70 g

Net carbs

6.94 g


5.74 g


1.08 g


162.23 mg


0.00 mg

Calories are estimated.

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A down shot of Pico De Gallo in a light blue bowl with chips around the edge. White text at the top of photo The Best Pico De Gallo.

2 photos the top is a down shot of Pico De Gallo in a blue bowl with chips around the edge. The bottom photo is of Pico De Gallo on a chip. There is a white banner between the two photos with black text The Best Pico De Gallo.


  1. Hi Serena, it look appetizing and a healthy version. Like your idea of using orange juice. I suppose it's nice to goes with tortillas too. Have a nice day.

  2. Mmm, pico de gallo.. :) I love mine on grilled chicken! This recipe is great! Hugs!

  3. It sounds so good!!!
    I really like this recipe.
    xoxoxo ^^

  4. I loooove homemade pico! Really like the orange juice addition as well.

  5. Serena! I would love that brownie recipe too!! :) I will have to try this recipe out, seeing as how much i love tacos and cheese dips aren't really creative or healthy for my hips...

  6. Hi Serena: I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. I'm your newest "follower" as I don't want to miss any of your delicious-looking recipes.


  7. Hi Serena!

    What a lovely place you have here! I have enjoyed perusing many of your posts. So many wonderful recipes and great photos too!

    Nice to meet you!
    Kindly, Lorraine

  8. I love the addition of the cabbage, carrot and oj. This looks like a recipe I must try soon. We do love Pico De Gallo in many forms. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Glad I found you, I'm a follower!

  9. I was just about to say that this would be perfect on grilled chicken, and then I saw that someone said that above. (Apparently, I'm not that creative. Ha!) It looks delicious. Now, I'm headed off to click that thumbnail I see for zucchini/carrot/pineapple/walnut cake.

  10. this looks divine! LOVE pico! can't wait to try your recipe.


  11. Thank you for your visit and kind words and following. I see some yummies here that I will have to try. This salas is one for sure.

    GOD bless and keep you all safe.

  12. This looks so appetizing! I love it.

  13. I love pico de gallo - so fresh and delicious!

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Just love this recipe and am now a follower. Take care Diane

  15. Oh I love your pictures and they way you've presented

  16. Looks so good! I can't wait until we have fresh tomatoes again (can. not. stand the ones from the store)!

  17. Heather- I not am really not sure if it's traditional... We have had it that way at several Mexican places and I enjoyed it, so it's the way I make it!

  18. This looks and sounds delicious! Have a lovely weekend:)

  19. What a lovely recipe and beautiful photos! This would surely be a hit at any party or any day of the week!

  20. Hi, Serena! We live in Texas, and make Pico often. I can't wait to try this variation..it sounds great. I am a new follower!

  21. Hi Serena, that looks delicious! Very fresh and colourful. Gorgeous light on the pictures too: )

  22. Lovely Pico,Serena!And I love the jumble of bright colors the concoction has to offer.The addition of orange juice caught my eye and I'm sure it adds an extra zing to the Pico.Awesome flavors:)

  23. Yay for chips and Pico! This looks so good! Can't wait to try this one this weekend. ;)

  24. Hey Serena I've been wanting to make this pico for a while now and finally whipped it up for my Grandpa's 81st birthday party yesterday. Everyone devoured it, it was literally the first dish gone. We enjoyed it with a big bag of Food Should Taste Good multigrain chips. Thanks for the recipe... I'll definately be making this again!

  25. I could put pico on basically everything and be completely content with life. Love this, Serena! Pinned!

  26. I love pico de gallo, it's such a fresh burst of flavor in the wintertime!

  27. So fresh and delicious!! SU & Yummed! Cant wait to try this!

  28. So healthy, pretty and undoubtedly delish...I want to make some very soon!

  29. Love homemade pico and yours looks great.

  30. This sounds divinely delicious and healthy!!! Too good.

  31. Wow, never had pico with cabbage and carrots but it sounds wonderful and so healthy too! Love all he extra veggies!

  32. We love a fresh pico de gallo and your recipe sounds so healthy, crunchy, fresh, and delicious! Thank you for sharing Serena!

  33. Made as directed..Wow!..yummy..Used it as a topping for fish tacos..gobbled up and making plans to make more. Thank you for sharing Serena.


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