Game day snack: Spicy pico de gallo

Homemade pico de gallo salsa

Still at a loss for what to make for the Super Bowl tomorrow? Even if you’re not planning on watching the Big Game (I myself will be reading magazines, pausing only to watch the halftime show), go ahead and mix up a bowl of spicy fresh salsa, better known as pico de gallo.

It’s truly a guiltless treat as it is comprised of nothing more than fresh tomatoes,

jalapeños, onion, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. Not a drop of oil in sight! The only not-so-healthy part is the tortilla chips, but hey – it’s game day. Live a little.

The more indulgent sports fans in your life will also be pleased because this salsa takes nachos over the top in the flavour department. A big platter of greasy, meat- and cheese-laden chips just begs for a note of freshness, something that the bottled variety doesn’t deliver.

What delicious snacks will you be making on Super Bowl Sunday?

Homemade pico de gallo

Recipe: Basic pico de gallo (fresh salsa)


  • 8 small to medium-sized tomatoes, diced (peel first, if desired).
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 jalapeños (or more, to taste), finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large sprig fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Note: I added half a cucumber (peeled, diced) to this salsa because I wanted to use it up. Feel free to omit for a more authentic pico de gallo, or go one step further and add another ingredient of your choice – mango, avocado, watermelon…

Homemade salsa pico de gallo


Combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Add the lime juice and toss; season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to let the flavours meld. Serve as a snack with tortilla chips or spoon over chicken, fish, tacos and egg dishes.

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6 thoughts on “Game day snack: Spicy pico de gallo

  1. Rose

    We are going to make some today. Thanks for the recipe. Looking forward to the cool & fresh taste to balance out our hot & spicy nachos

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