Pineapple pico de gallo is a tropical twist on a classic recipe that brings a refreshing burst of flavor to any dish. By combining the sweetness of pineapple with the savory elements of traditional pico de gallo, this unique blend strikes a perfect balance. Pair this with your favorite Mexican dishes or enjoy as a crowd-pleasing dip!
Your next taco night night just got a fun twist with this fresh pineapple pico de gallo recipe! It's a combination of sweet pineapple, fresh tomatoes, zesty lime juice, and serrano peppers for a nice balance of heat and tropical flavors!
The vibrant colors and simple ingredients make this fresh salsa recipe the perfect topping for steak tacos, fish tacos, or a great side dish with your favorite tortilla chips.
Pico de gallo, also known as salsa fresca, is a type of salsa that originated in Mexico. It consists of fresh chopped tomatoes, onions, jalapeno or serrano peppers, cilantro, fresh lime juice, and salt.
Occasionally, other ingredients such as garlic, cucumbers, or avocados may be added, depending on personal preference and regional variations.
The name "pico de gallo" translates to "rooster's beak" in English, and it is also sometimes referred to as salsa fresca.
The ingredients are finely diced and mixed together to create a flavorful and refreshing condiment. Pico de gallo is known for its vibrant colors and crunchy texture. It is often used as a topping or garnish for various dishes, such as tacos, burritos, nachos, grilled meats, or as a dip with tortilla chips.
(full list of ingredients and exact measurements are in the recipe card)
Cutting a pineapple can be a bit tricky, but with the right technique, it becomes much easier. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to cut a pineapple:
1. Remove the top and bottom: Lay the pineapple horizontally on the cutting board. Hold the top firmly and slice about half an inch from the crown (the leafy top). Repeat the same process for the bottom, removing about half an inch as well.
2. Stand the pineapple upright: Position the pineapple on one of its flat ends, ensuring it's stable on the cutting board.
3. Peel the skin: Starting from the top to the bottom, use the knife to cut downward, following the contour of the pineapple, removing the skin. Cut deeply enough to remove the prickly "eyes" on the surface. Repeat this process until the entire pineapple is peeled.
4. Slice the pineapple: slice the pineapple lengthwise into quarters, then remove the tough core from each quarter. Finally, cut the quarters into bite-sized chunks.
When it comes to making pico de gallo, here's a handy tip to ensure a flavorful and well-balanced result:
If I could eat this pineapple pico on everything, I probably would. It goes so well with just about anything summery and savory! Add this spicy salsa on top of shrimp tacos, chicken tacos or add a tropical twist to a deliciously cheese quesadilla. It's also super delish on top of these chicken enchiladas and pairs exceptionally well with shredded beef tacos too!
Fresh fruit salsas are also great served as a simple side with tortilla chips or served on top of scrambled eggs, smoked chicken, and elotes fries! Pico de gallo is favored for its bright and tangy flavors, and it adds a fresh element to many Mexican food and Tex-Mex dishes. It is a popular and versatile condiment that complements a wide range of foods, providing a burst of freshness and a bit of heat.
Storing: place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Making Ahead: pico de gallo is best served the same day, however, can be eaten up to 2-3 days after its been prepared.
Freezing: you can however the texture will be different and the ingredients may become a bit soggy. It will still taste great but I do not recommend freezing pico.
Absolutely! This recipe is filled with fresh produce, no processed foods, is gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan! You can control the amount of salt and customize it to your liking. This is the ideal healthy snack!
Pico de gallo is more akin to a chunky salsa whereas salsa tends to be less chunky and have more liquid.
You can but fresh pineapples have the best flavor! Canned pineapples tend to taste too sweet, however, if this is your preference, you absolutely can!
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