Introduction: Pico De Gallo (Peeko-Day-Guy-o)

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Pico de gallo is so simple, it's awesome.  In my house growing up, it was meant to compliment, not overpower the meal you were eating.  Some might call it a salsa but it's chunky not saucy.   It's great with just about anything but we just break out the chips and dig in.

Step 1: Ingredients

- 2 medium sized tomatoes
- 1 large clove or 2 small cloves of garlic
- cilantro
- 2 jalapenos
- 1 lemon
- 1/4 onion
- cumin
- salt

Step 2: Jalapenos, Roasted Please!

Take your two lovely large jalapeños and turn your burner on medium high.  I have a flat top electric stove so I just put the chiles right on the burner.  If you don't have a flat stove, you can easily roast them under the broiler (keep a close eye!!) or in a dry skillet. 

Roast them until the skin is blackened and the chiles are still a little firm to the touch.  The popping and dancing the jalapeños do while roasting is normal, enjoy the show.  

Step 3: Chop, Dice, Mince

While your jalapeños are cooling down, chop your tomatoes into cute cubes, add to a bowl.

Mince your garlic.

Next, chop your cilantro.  I like to bunch it up and try to roll it.  Then I take my knife and run it through, over and over so we don't get huge cilantro leaves.

Cut a 1/4 off of your onion.  Cut the rings in half and kind of stack them on top of each other.  Cut into a fine mince.  We're going for teeny pieces of onion.  You can make them as big or small as you like, I just prefer a mince.

Now that your jalapeños have cooled down, rub the skin off gently with your thumb.  Not all of it has to come off, just whatever will rub away.  I made this for a friend so I de-veined and de-seeded the jalapeño, it's completely optional.  Cut the jalapeño into strips, stack on top of each other, and run your knife through.  

Step 4: Lemon & Spices

Cut your lemon in half and squeeze its juices into your bowl.  I like to use my hand as a strainer, it's one less dish to wash.  

Shake and taste.  I never really measure how much spice I use in a lot of the cooking I do.  Shake some cumin and salt into the bowl, give it a good stir and taste.  Start with a little and add accordingly.  

Eat this with everything....well not everything.  

Happy Eating!!