Appetizers & Dips

Apology to tomatoes and making pico de gallo

Not everyone grows up with a taste and appreciation for juicy tomatoes. Up until a few years ago, I treated tomatoes as an invasion to my dinner plate. No matter why they were there, I would flick, pick, and poke tomatoes out of my food. The seeds were just as much of an intruder. I could handle salsa, if I used my tortilla chip to dig around and only come up with juice and a few speckles of peppers.

BLTs? Loved them! But hold the tomato.

I’m not sure what happened but I think it had to do with Jason being a vegetable lover. (He doesn’t read my blog so he’ll never know I’m admitting he introduced me to something good.) If I recall, I also don’t think I cooked with onions until I met him 11 years ago. I’m sorry, tomato! I was really missing out by not using your juicy flesh in my cooking. You are now welcome to sit on top of my burgers anytime.

peppers tomatoes onions limes

Now it’s all peppers, tomatoes, and onions on deck when I make pico de gallo. I know, I know. My hand is touching a tomato. And I still don’t use the seeds.

core tomato

Once I started liking tomatoes, it seemed like such a pain to cut them up. I was using a chef’s knife. Uh, hello serrated knife! Who knew? Yah, Jason did.

use a serrated knife to dice a tomato

Use kitchen gloves when cutting peppers. If you don’t, your hands and any other body part you touch will feel like a fire pit for an excruciating eight hours.

use gloves when dicing peppers

I’ve never really figured out if there’s a right way to cut cilantro. I just wash it and start chopping/mushing. I don’t use the stems. It’s a texture thing.


You can make pico de gallo with any of your favorite vegetables. Leave out the cilantro if you don’t like it. Jalapeños too spicy for you? Use only bell peppers. Not a fan of onions? Who says you need it in your pico?

What is a food that you like now but you didn’t used to?

Pico de Gallo


  • red tomato
  • green bell pepper
  • jalapeño pepper
  • tiny red pepper
  • red onion
  • cilantro
  • lime, cut in half
  • salt
  • tortilla chips


  1. Wash vegetables.

  2. Dice all the vegetables, removing the seeds, and place in a bowl. Remember to use gloves when cutting peppers.

  3. Chop the cilantro and toss into the bowl.

  4. Squeeze the lime juice into the vegetables.

  5. Grind a little salt onto the top.

  6. Stir it all up, cover, and place in refrigerator. Serve with chips or any of your favorite Mexican dishes.

  7. Crack open a beer and put your feet on the table.


Use any amount of vegetables you want. To give you an idea how many limes you need, I used the juice of 3 limes for approximately 4 or 5 cups of diced vegetables. It just depends on how much liquid you like in your pico.

Relax. I made a cheesecake, I didn't fold a fitted sheet.


  1. I’m a but of a glutton – I love most things that you can eat. I guess avocados are something I have found I actually like. I tried quacamole with fajitas once at a friends and then changed my opinion of the squishy green vegetable!

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