Gluten-Free Appetizers

Pico De Gallo (No Cilantro) With Tips!

A pico that is worthy enough to dip your chips into and top your tacos with. This pico de gallo recipe is without cilantro and it still has flavor from the special ingredients that I put in —garlic, and just enough cumin.

a big bowl of salsa with no cilantro

I used heirloom and pear drop tomatoes for this epic Appetizer. Feel free to use what you have on hand.

Every time I make a fresh pico de gallo, it never lasts long. Every once in a while, I may have just enough to top my eggs with the next morning.

Tips for Making the Best Pico De- Gallo with No Cilantro

tomatoes in a strainer

Tip 1: Dice the ingredients uniformly. I like to dice my onions and tomatoes into square-size shapes. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The goal is to have an equal amount of each into one bite.

Tip 2: Strain the tomatoes. Tomatoes vary in juiciness. One thing that I like to do is to put all of the tomatoes over a strainer of some sort to drain the excess liquid. This will result in a pico de gallo that is chunky and less “soupy”.

Tip 3: Use ripe tomatoes. My favorite tomatoes besides heirlooms are the ripe vine varieties.

Final tip: Marinate the lime juice, onion, serrano (or jalapeno), and salt while you chop the tomatoes. This will for one, help to dissolve the salt, and two, make the onions less pungent.

chips dipped into salsa

Here’s a bite for you. Open wide!

a tostada with avocado and salsa with no cilantro

Not only did I eat my homemade pico with chips, but I also topped a crunchy tostada smeared with mashed pinto beans, Mexican blend cheese, and an avocado. So yummy!

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pico de gallo recipe (no cilantro!)

Pico De Gallo Recipe (no cilantro) with tips!

  • Author: ashley
  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0-10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


An epic pico de gallo (without cilantro) worthy enough to dip your chips into and top tacos with. 



3 beefsteak tomatoes or heirloom tomatoes, medium dice (about 3 cups)

1 serrano, roughly chopped (remove the seeds and stems for less heat)

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 cup red onion, small dice

2 limes ( 2 tbsp of juice)

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp kosher salt (not iodized)


In a large bowl, add the roughly chopped serrano pepper, minced garlic, diced red onion, lime juice, cumin, and kosher salt. Mix to incorporate. While the ingredients are marinating, dice the tomatoes. 

Add the diced tomatoes over a strainer (of some sort) to help drain off excess liquid. When ready, add it to the rest of the ingredients. Give a toss and place it into the forge and allow it to chill for 30- minutes before serving. 

If you are absolutely too eager and cannot wait, feel free to enjoy right away. 


Can I add cilantro to this recipe? Yes.

What if I can’t find a serrano? Use jalapeno.

How long does pico de gallo last? Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. 

  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: handmade
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: restaurant salsa recipe without cilantro, substitute for cilantro in salsa, pico de gallo no cilantro

1 Comment

  1. Amanda says:

    OMG! These are amazing pictures.

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