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Simple Chunky Salsa Recipe {Pico de Gallo Salsa}

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A Simple Chunky Salsa or also known as pico de gallo salsa is a great way to enjoy fresh salsa. This chunky salsa recipe is very easy to make. You will never buy bottled salsa again after making your own fresh salsa. 

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Fresh Salsa

I love a good fresh salsa. Fresh tomatoes, onions cilantro. A garden fresh salsa is amazing in flavor I think. Usually, fresh salsa is also known as a chunky salsa recipe.

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Chunky Salsa Recipe

How did I start loving a chunky salsa recipe? My friends took me to try Mexican food at a local place in Cleveland, Ohio. I took one bite of the chunky salsa recipe on the table and that started my love of salsa recipes. 

I have since then tried many salsa recipes, but always been a chunky salsa recipe that I prefer. I love the taste of that fresh salsa on a chip.

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Salsa Ingredients

Most know that tomatoes and onions are salsa ingredients. To make a good salsa recipe, you need cilantro, lime juice, and of course jalapeño. That combination of vegetables with jalapeño busts with flavor in salsa.

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Pico de Gallo Salsa

You could blend a basic salsa recipe together for a smooth salsa that almost sauce-like. Or you can make it a chunky salsa recipe! The chunky salsa is also known as a Pico de Gallo salsa, that is the simple salsa I prefer.


Chunky Salsa Recipe

Personally, I like calling it chunky salsa recipe then pico de gallo. That is what this simple salsa recipe is, chunks of tomato, onion, cilantro, jalapeños all mixed together with some lime juice.

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Can You Freeze Salsa?

One question I get asked is can you freeze salsa? Yes, but only for 6 months. Make sure the bags or containers are airtight. You should still leave the room at the top for the salsa to expand once it freezes.

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Yield: 24 servings

Simple Chunky Salsa Recipe


A Simple Chunky Salsa or also known as pico de gallo salsa is a great way to enjoy fresh salsa. This chunky salsa recipe is very easy to make. You will never buy bottled salsa again after making your own fresh salsa.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 4 medium very ripe tomatoes (peeled, seeded and diced)
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper (seeded and minced)
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • Juice of 2 Key limes or 1 small lime


  1. In a bowl mix together the tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, onion, sugar and salt and pepper. Combine well.
  2. Add the juice; cover and refrigerate for 4-5 hours before serving.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips and ENJOY.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 14Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

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Saturday 17th of July 2021

This is so easy, tasty & fresh! As my usual, I omitted the salt and black pepper. I did add the sugar since there's so little recommended. Don't know if it was needed, but it may have cut some of the acid. I did use a Hungarian wax pepper instead of jalapeño since that was in our garden. 😉 Great recipe!


Thursday 22nd of April 2021

This salsa is perfect-except for the sugar! It doesn’t need that! ♥️


Tuesday 14th of April 2020

This isn’t a comment, it’s a question. Your recipe for chunky salsa has sugar as one of the ingredients. What will sugar bring as an ingredient?

Deanna Samaan

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Sometimes tomatoes are not sweet, I like a sweet tomato so adding the tiny amount of sugar helps bring the sweet out of the tomato

Food Lover

Sunday 8th of April 2018

Love the recipe :) plus your site is awesome and it has very nice fonts. Thank you for the recipe :)


Sunday 8th of April 2018

Thank you so much!

Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish

Tuesday 7th of June 2016

Nothing like a homemade chunky salsa! Pinning to try!

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