You’re having a backyard barbeque to celebrate the end of summer. Or maybe you’re having a friends and family gathering to watch some Atlanta Falcons or Georgia football. Either way, someone has asked you to bring pico de gallo. If this is the first time you are hearing about this famous Mexican salsa, we hate to break it to you–your life has been pretty boring. Luckily, it’s about to get better. Here is everything you need to know about pico de gallo.
What is Pico de Gallo?
Translated in Spanish, pico de gallo literally means “beak of rooster.” Some believe this is because it was originally eaten by pinching between the thumb and finger, making the shape of a rooster’s beak. Pico de gallo, however, has nothing to do with roosters, or birds in general. Pico de gallo is a salsa popular with Mexican food, like tacos, nachos, or quesadillas. Pico de gallo is a great ingredient for Hispanic dishes, because it is less liquid than other salsas, while also has the same, great flavor. Like most other salsas, pico de gallo is made with tomatoes and other bold ingredients.
Pico de Gallo Facts & History
Although much is unknown about the history of pico de gallo, we know exactly who to thank for the knowledge of salsa. Spanish-born Bernadino de Sahagun is responsible for documenting much of the Aztec culture, including popular foods of the time. This is most likely where pico de gallo was invented. Another interesting fact about pico de gallo is that it is extremely healthy. The tomatoes and peppers in the salsa are known for preventing colds and strengthening your immune system.
Pico de Gallo Recipe
There are many different pico de gallo recipes, however, most include the following ingredients:
- Diced Tomatoes
- Chopped onions
- Lime Juice
- Seasoning like chili powder
When making pico de gallo, remember to use tomatoes as your base. You will want to use four times or more the amount of tomatoes as the other ingredients. Whether you like spicy food will determine how much jalapenos and seasoning you use. For best results, add a little at a time, tasting after each addition until you reach a spiciness level that meets your taste buds.
Pico de gallo is a favorite ingredient at Atlanta’s Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants and is also a popular party and tailgate snack. This salsa goes perfect with chips like Tostitos or on your tacos for your family’s “Taco Tuesday” nights. Introduce your family, friends, or coworkers to this delicious treat and find out what you have been missing.
If you are looking for Atlanta’s best pico de gallo or Mexican cuisine, visit your local Twisted Taco restaurant location. Home to over 20 mouthwatering and flavorful taco combinations, Twisted Taco also serves handcrafted margaritas and a variety of other Tex-Mex entrees. Enjoy dinner with a sunset on one of our rooftop patios or one of our daily specials. We are always offering an unforgettable experience for your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Visit us today!