Picco de Gallo Recipe

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Categories: Appetizer, Condiment, Hot and Spicy, Mexican, Sauce, Side Dish, Snack, Vegan, Vegetable

Submitted By: The Spice House.

Picco de Gallo Notes

This recipe was submitted by an anonymous customer from Alabama. He said he'd originally gotten this recipe from a neighbor who is half Mexican and half Apache. His family ate it as a staple food.

Photo by Vel and Amy.

  • 2 bunches fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 20 fat garlic cloves, minced or crushed
  • 20 (or to taste) fresh jalapenos, finely diced
  • 10 red tomatos, skinned
  • 2 green tomatos, skinned
  • 5 large white onions, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/3 teaspoon habanero powder
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Adobo Seasoning
  • 1 large bottle white vinegar, added to taste
Serves / Yields

1 gallon

Preparation Instructions

Dice all vegetables and toss to mix. Settle them into a large mixing bowl. Add just enough vinegar to come to the top of the vegetables without covering. Mix in salt, pepper, adobo, and habernero powder to taste. A good starting point is usually around 1 tablespoon each salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons adobo, and 1/3 teaspoon habernero pepper.

This mixture can be stirred and served as is, or blended to a liquid, as prefered. It does not require refrigeration, but refrigeration will keep it from becoming hotter over time.

Serve with chips.

Helpful Hints

The ingredients listed are flexible. Any of them can be left out, or amounts changed. Chili powder or other seasonings can be added to taste.

(Editor's Note: Picco de Gallo is a great topping for omelettes, salads, fajitas, tacos, quesadillas--almost any Mexican or Southwestern dish.)

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Habanero Chile Peppers, Whole Or Ground
Ground, in a glass shaker jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 2 oz.
Portuguese Traditional Sea Salt "Sel Traditionael de l'Ocean Atlantique"
In a resealable plastic bag
4 ounces
Tellicherry Ground Black Pepper
20/30 Mesh (Coarse Dustless Grind) in a glass jar
1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 2 oz.
Adobo Seasoning, Regular or Salt-Free
With Salt, in a glass jar
In a 1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt 3 ounces

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Thomas M. Said:

I learned from some co-workers in So Cal 20 years ago, add shredded cabbage in equal volume to tomatoes. Adds a sweetness and extends. Great on Tacos instead of traditional veggies.

Make it Again? Thomas M. would make this recipe again.