Recipe Idea: Fresh tomato salsa (Pico de Gallo)

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With the abundance of tomatoes that we’ve harvested from our garden, I have been incorporating fresh tomatoes into more of our meals.  Lemon Boys, Mr. Stripey, Oxheart, and Juliettes have all been finding their way into our weekly meals.  One of my favourite new tomato dishes to make is fresh salsa.  Salsa goes great with chips, scrambled eggs, and tacos.  It keeps well for a few days in the fridge.  And when you make it fresh at home, it’s actually pretty healthy. (Brian’s note: A co-worker originally from El Paso, Texas on the Mexican border recently mentioned this recipe is also called Pico De Gallo in Mexican cuisine)

Fresh tomato salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1.5 lb tomatoes, chopped into small chunks ($1 – or free from the garden!)
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped ($0.25)
  • 1 jalepeno, finely chopped ($0.25)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped ($0.10)
  • 1 tsp salt (< $0.05)
  • Juice of 1/4 lime ($0.10)
  • Mix all of the ingredients together in a medium sized bowl and then chill it in the fridge for about 1/2 an hour.  Serve with your favourite dish!

Servings: 4-5

Cost per serving: $0.45

Frugal hack: Tomatoes are pretty easy to grow!  If you can get your tomatoes from the garden, this salsa literally costs cents to make.

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18 Comments

  1. Modest Money says:

    I can personally attest to this salsa being quite tasty. The stuff you buy in a jar just doesn’t compare to this at all. Nice and chunky with a bit of kick. Good stuff.

  2. I made a very similar one quite often when our tomatos were coming in and nothing beats FRESH salsa! I don’t like cilantro so replaced that with 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic and I did not have limes so I add a Tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar and it is delicous!

  3. pico de gallo is very tasty, but tomatoes are pretty pricey here these days… hopefully FL gets a good tomato crop this winter and brings the price down.

  4. We make our own salsa and tomato salads all the time with organic vegetables from the garden and you can never compare the taste with that at the supermarket that are non-organic. Even the garlic is more pungent in flavour and smell. Great recipe, I like that you added the jalepeno. Mr.CBB

  5. That looks delicious! My husband and I love making stuff like this. I’ve tried my hand at making Guacomole (can’t spell it) as well :-)

  6. Savvy Scot says:

    This looks good! I’m with Jeremy – bought salsa is often a bit yucky! Fresh made all the way :)

  7. You can add a few tablespoons of this to a few avocados/mash it up to make some tasty guacamole. Add salt to taste.

  8. Pauline says:

    yum! I like it on steak too, with a bit of coriander

  9. That looks so good! I reckon it would go great with some corn chips and a beer.

    My tomato plants are still really little and I never seem to get many tomatoes off them. Do you have any tricks to growing them?

    • CF says:

      You can buy some plant food sticks and add them to the soil when you first plant the seedlings and again as they start blooming/fruiting. Tomatoes also like slightly acidic soil, so I usually save my coffee grounds and spread them around the base of the plant 2-3 times a growing season. :)

  10. Looks very tasty. My wife makes a number of different salsas as we grow a variety of tomatoes and hot peppers in our garden.

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