Pico de Gallo

Jan 21, 2012 by

Pico de gallo can be used in much the same way as other Mexican salsas, Kenyan Kachumbari or Indian chutneys, but since it contains less liquid, it can also be used as a main ingredient in dishes such as tacos and fajitas.

In some regions of Mexico, a fruit salad (watermelon, orange, jicama, cucumber and sometimes melon and papaya) tossed in lime juice and hot sauce or chamoy and sprinkled with a salty chili powder is also known as pico de gallo; it is a popular snack and usually sold outside schools, while the tomato-based condiment is better known as salsa picada, which means minced or chopped sauce, salsa bandera or salsa mexicana, because the colors red (tomato), white (onion), and green (chili) are the colors of the Mexican flag.

One of the sources for the name “rooster’s beak” could be the beak-like shape and the red color of the chilis used to make it. According to food writer Sharon Tyler Herbst,it is so called because originally it was eaten with the thumb and forefinger, and retrieving and eating the condiment resembled the actions of a pecking rooster.

Another suggested etymology is that pico is derived from the verb picar, which has two meanings: 1) to mince or chop, and 2) to bite, sting or peck. The rooster, gallo in Spanish, is a common metaphor for the hyper-masculine (“macho”) male in Mexican culture. One example of such machismo is taking pride in withstanding the spicy burn of chilis.

However, neither theory can be considered definite, as they assume the use of hot chilis. In many regions of Mexico the term “pico de gallo” refers to any of a variety of salads, condiments or fillings made with sweet fruits, tomatoes, tomatillos, avocado or mild chilis — not necessarily with hot chilis, or any chilis at all. Thus, the name could be a simple allusion to the bird feed-like minced texture and appearance of the sauce.

The source of this article is wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Ingredients

1 mango
1/3 cup chopped cilantro (if you don’t like cilantro use parsley)
2 green onions
1/2 small onion minced
2 chopped tomatoes
1 Anaheim pepper
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

1.   Chop up all the vegetables and fruit, add the lemon juice, pepper and salt. Put in the refrigerator so it can marinate for at least an hour. You can add this to your taco’s fajita’s or eat it like a dip.

 

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Recipe type: Snack/Appetizer
Cuisine: TexMex
Ingredients
  • 1 mango
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro (if you don't like cilantro use parsley)
  • 2 green onions
  • ½ small onion minced
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Anaheim pepper
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Chop up all the vegetables and fruit, add the lemon juice, pepper and salt. Put in the refrigerator so it can marinate for at least an hour. You can add this to your taco's fajita's or eat it like a dip.

 

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