Pico de Gallo

A small white plastic bowl holds pico de gallo on a colorful striped napkin.

Pico de Gallo is a flavorful, fresh, and healthy meal accompaniment or side. Packed with tomatoes, onions, and a little bit of heat it adds a wonderful spin to a camp meal.

All the ingredients for this recipe can be carried whole and then prepared just before eating. Or you can make it at home and carry it to your camp pre-made. It doesn’t last more than 12 hours however before softening.

There is a little bit of time in preparing the ingredients with all the cutting but it is well worth the effort. The best results both in appearance and flavor balance are when everything is chopped to the same size. 

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Pico de Gallo is a colorful and refreshing raw salsa that adds a bright element Mexican dishes.
Pico de Gallo is topped on quesadillas as a refreshing condiment.
Pico de Gallo is a great topping for many Mexican dishes including quesadillas.
A small white plastic bowl holds pico de gallo on a colorful striped napkin.
Pico de Gallo is a fresh and healthy style salsa that works with most Mexican dishes.

Pico de Gallo Recipe

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A small white plastic bowl holds pico de gallo on a colorful striped napkin.
Based on the traditional Mexican side dish, this Pico de Gallo is a flavorful, fresh, and healthy meal accompaniment that adds a spin to a camp meal.
Preparation 25 minutes
Ready in 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseSide Dish
InfluenceMexico
DifficultyBeginner
MethodNo Cook

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 mild chili such as a poblano
  • 1 bunch cilantro (coriander)
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Equipment

  • knife

Directions

  • Dice the tomato, red onion, and chili as small as you have patience for.
  • Remove the leaves from the stalks of the cilantro, then roughly chop.
  • Combine the tomatoes, red onions, chilies, cilantro, lemon juice, and salt. Let rest for 10 to 20 minutes before using to let the flavors develop.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 337mgCalcium: 27mgVitamin C: 35mgVitamin A: 1166IUSugar: 5gFiber: 3gPotassium: 379mgCalories: 44kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 1gProtein: 2gCarbohydrates: 11gIron: 1mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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