We’re in Texas, and we eat a TON of Tex-Mex food here. Quesadillas, fajitas, nachos, enchiladas – these are all staple meals in our household. And y’all, you know queso is a part of that, too, right? I think I might pick queso over chocolate.
With our love of Tex-Mex, we consistently have certain ingredients on hand. Cilantro, limes, jalapeños, and tomatoes are all items that come into play in many recipes we make.
As you may know, a classic side in Tex-Mex cuisine is pico de gallo. We’ve eaten it often, but had never made it from scratch. I decided we should give it a try, so I gathered the ingredients. Tomatoes are the cornerstone of the recipe, and I knew I wanted really flavorful tomatoes to make the pico de gallo really great. NatureSweet Eclipses were perfect – they’re deeper-colored tomatoes, and the deeper color means a richer flavor.
I do want to add this – as you can see in my photos, the Eclipses tomatoes are a darker color and aren’t the typical red tomato. This is a classic, oh-so-accurate case of not judging a book by its cover, friends. Think outside the box and go for these amazingly flavorful tomatoes – you’ll be so glad you did.
Pico de gallo is a great, easy dish you’ll love. It’s perfect to add to fajitas or to mix in to guacamole or black beans.
- 3 NatureSweet Eclipses tomatoes
- 1 medium white onion
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Pinch of salt
- Dice up the tomatoes. You can adjust how finely you dice based on your personal preference, which is one reason we love making our own pico de gallo versus buying store-bought concoctions.
- Chop onions (side note: did you know you can wear goggles while you do this to prevent tearing up? My husband makes fun of me but my eyes are dry when I’m done, thank you very much!).
- Chop cilantro. Here’s a tip: if you have trouble cutting herbs with a knife, using kitchen shears can be an easy workaround.
- Combine tomatoes, onion, and cilantro in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of at least half a lime into the mix, and stir. You can add more lime juice if you prefer a more citrus-y taste to your pico de gallo.
- Stir in garlic powder and salt.
(Side note: I’m working with my daughter, who loves to cook, on knife safety skills and she loved getting to help cut the tomato!)
NatureSweet Eclipses tomatoes would also be awesome in a marinara, salsa, or any other tomato-based recipe you love. I just keep thinking of all the recipes I could really punch up with richer flavor! Find NatureSweet Eclipses near you so you can try out my pico de gallo recipe for yourself – and here are a few other recipes you’ll want to add to your repertoire:
- NatureSweet Eclipses Hunky Hoagies
- Pork Tenderloins Grilled Eclipses Tomatoes Chimichurri
- Minted Watermelon Eclipses Tomato Salad