Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pico De Gallo

I'm pretty sure that if my husband and I had to live off of one type of enthinc cuisine it would be Mexican. Our cheese drawer in our fridge almost always is full of tortillas and you can usually find a variety of Mexican type spices in our house. We keep it spicy around here. Well not so much for me, I keep it mild but I enjoy Mexican food also, even if I can't handle it hot.

One of our favorite things to make is soft shell tacos (tortillas) with a home made pico de gallo with rice and some type of protein inside, usually steak or fish. I love making home made pico de gallo. It's not hard to make pico de gallo and I feel like fresh salsa is the best and since pico de gallo is a lot like salsa (minus a few tomatoes) we take the time to make it with our Mexican dishes.

Our recipe is based off of Tyler Florence's Tacos Carne Asada recipe.

In our pico de gallo we use:

1 tomato
3 cloves of garlic
Some cilantro
1/2 red onion
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1 orange
A little bit of olive oil
A little sea salt

As you might be able to guess from my very exact list of ingredients measuring is not my strong suite. This is why I cook a whole lot more then I bake. I'm a round it off, eye ball it kind of cook.

Once you have all your ingredients together all you have to do is cut them up and put them together. I love cutting. My main job in our kitchen is always the one wielding the knife and cutting up the ingredients. I find that I cut a lot better when I have a good drink to sharpen my knife skills. Hence the sweet little seashell glass that has Skinnygirl Margarita in it.

Do you enjoy cutting onions because I don't. Those suckers hit my like a ton of bricks every time and I look like I'm trying out for a telenovela or something.

All my garlic cutting skills come from drooling over watching many hours of Food Network shows. We didn't really have garlic in my parents house growing up. Maybe we were all vampires? Maybe not. So thank goodness for the Food Network helping me create my garlic chopping skills.

Some people like cilantro. Some people think it tastes like soap. This household is pro cilantro.

All mixed up and ready to be dished into a tortilla. Fresh, fresh, fresh. Just the way I like it!

Do you love salsa? Do you create your own at home?



  1. I HEART CILANTRO. My mom doesn't like it at all (which is wildly bizarre, imo). California has also rejuvenated my love of avocados. Mmm, have any homemade guac recipes?

  2. Oh- and yeah, I feel you on the learning from Food Network thing. I swear that's where I got 99% of my cooking education!

  3. @-Kinsi-

    Gotta love the Food Network! I just love watching people cook, go figure. Sorry no guac here, I bet you'll find some really good guac in CA though!