The Ospidillo Cafe Pica De Gallo

"This is a condiment served on Mexican dishes such as fajitas. The bright blend of flavors is just incredible and, before you know it, you'll be spooning this stuff over non-Mexican dishes such as fried chicken or pork roast. It will keep just fine for 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator. I got this recipe from an old church fundraiser cookbook (Reorganized LDS church in Independence, Missouri) that a beloved aunt sent me several years ago. I have never had better Pica de Gallo anywhere. (pronounced: Peek-uh day guy-O, according to my daughter who speaks some Spanish). I have a Mexican friend who also says it's pretty genuine and the best that he ever had too. This is much less tomato-ey than regular salsa. The time listed includes marinating time in the refrigerator. I hope others will enjoy this excellent Mexican condiment as much as my friends and family do."
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Ready In:
2hrs 10mins




  • Blend gently and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, allowing the flavors to infuse, before serving with Mexican dishes.

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  1. Perfect recipe - this is exactly the recipe my brother brought back from Mexico! I have never mixed the water in it though - usually the tomatoes tend to give off enough juice and I have always used salt ground from a salt grinder - the grainy texture tends to be perfect with this.
  2. This is great sauce. Goes well on anything. I add tomatillos from my garden. Gives a slight sweet taste. The name means beak of the roster,because the mexican women making this,( the chopping the vegies), sounds like the roster pecking at food on the floor. These are very colorful people.
  3. This is how I have always made Pica De Gallo except I only use one jalapeno. Using two in this amount of salsa would be way to warm for the average taste. Anyway, that is just my opinion and it is a good recipe.Try it on you eggs for breakfast.


<p>I am a retired State Park Resort Manager/Ranger. <br /><br />Anyway, as to my years in the State Park System (retired now), I was responsible for 4 restaurants/dining rooms on my park and my boss at Central Headquarters said I should spend less time in my kitchens and more time tending to my park budget. I spent 25 years in those kitchens and worked with some really great chefs over those years, (and some really awful ones too!) <br /><br />I spent THOUSANDS of hours on every inch of that park and adjacent state forest (60,000 acres) and sometimes I miss it. But mostly I miss being in that big beautiful resort lodge kitchen. I miss my little marina restaurant down on the Ohio River too. I served the best Reuben Sandwich (my own recipe -- posted on 'Zaar as The Shawnee Marina Reuben Sandwich) in both the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky down there and sold it for $2.95. Best deal on the river! <br /><br />They (friends and neighbors) call my kitchen The Ospidillo Cafe. Don't ask me why because it takes about a case of beer, time-wise, to explain the name. Anyway, it's a small galley kitchen with a Mexican motif (until my wife catches me gone for a week or so), and it's a very BUSY kitchen as well. We cook at all hours of the day and night. You are as likely to see one of my neighbors munching down over here as you are my wife or daughter. I do a lot of recipe experimentation and development. It has become a really fun post-retirement hobby -- and, yes, I wash my own dishes. <br /><br />Also, I'm the Cincinnati Chili Emperor around here, or so they say. (Check out my Ospidillo Cafe Cincinnati Chili recipe). SKYLINE CHILI is one of my four favorite chilis, and the others include: Gold Star Chili, Empress Chili and, my VERY favorite, Dixie. All in and around Cincinnati. Great stuff for cheap and I make it at home too. <br /><br />I also collect menus and keep them in my kitchen -- I have about a hundred or so. People go through them and when they see something that they want, I make it the next day. That presents some real challenges! <br /><br /></p>
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