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Are you looking for ways to save money? You're not alone! It can be tough to keep up with when you have surprise expenses.  By changing some of our daily habits, my family started to make some of our household items instead of buy them to help use reduce waste, save money, and frankly because it can be more convenient. I added the items on this list bit by bit over the years. Please do not think you have to make everything all at once! Sometimes I don’t have to make more of something because I made a bit too much the first time and we are still going through it (looking at you Must Can All the Jam! bender a few years ago.) Other times, it’s a one and done kind of thing like sewing on a button, and sometimes I buy the item instead of making it (like yogurt) because I’m too busy with other life things to keep up with the supply and demand.   Save this list of money saving ideas to your Pinterest Boards for later! Share it with your friends!  In othe

Best Pico de Gallo Recipe for a Cookout, Party, Tailgate, or Just Because

Pico de Gallo is one of my favorite types of salsa because it is chunky and not as soupy as traditional salsa (which nine times out of ten means you can always tell I ate some salsa because I’m wearing it.) Not to mention, Pico de Gallo is a quick and easy recipe that uses up a summer garden bursting with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, and peppers.

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Pico de Gallo is also an easy mix and match recipe to make for a party that allows your guest to tailor it to their own tastes:

  • Do you have guests who don’t like cilantro? No worries, put the chopped cilantro in a bowl on the side and let your guests mix as much as they like into the portion on their plate – or not.

  • Do you have guests who don’t like hot spicy food ? (raises hand) Put the chopped jalapeno peppers in a bowl on the side and let your guests mix as much as they like into the portion on their plate – or not.

  • Do you have guests who are allllll about the onion? Put extra chopped onion in a bowl to the side and let your guests mix as much as they like into the portion on their plate – or not.

  • Don’t have any fresh tomatoes but craving that Pico de Gallo goodness? You can use canned chopped tomatoes as long as you drain the juices first. I’m sure purists will want to smack me but more often than not I use canned Mexican tomatoes like this kind that have green chilies added  so there is a mild enough kick for my not loving spicy hot pepper palate while allowing my Husband who likes to eat lava the chance to add as many hot peppers as he likes to his portion. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links in this post for your convenience.)

Easy Mix and Match to Taste Pico de Gallo Recipe

easy mix and match to taste pico de gallo recipe
Nom! Nom! Nom! Tomato goodness!

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe:

1 can of drained diced tomatoes or 4 diced Roma tomatoes

1/2 of a chopped onion – approximately 2/3 a cup of chopped onions

1/3 Cup of fresh chopped cilantro or more to taste

1-2  Chopped jalapeno peppers

1/2 Teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons of lime juice

How to make this recipe:

1. Thoroughly combine and mix all of the ingredients into a bowl and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving to allow the flavors to mix and mingle into a yummy flavor explosion.

2. Serve with your favorite taco chips, on tacos, on tortillas, or as a condiment on your favorite dish or burger. The possibilities are endless!

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Miz Helen said…
We sure have enjoyed featuring your awesome post at Full Plate Thursday,484. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Miz Helen
I love Pico de Gallo, but have not made it myself. I will have to try it out! Pinned.
Jhuls said…
I love Pico de Gallo. So fresh and perfect with tacos. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!
csuhpat1 said…
That looks so good. Thanks for sharing. #alittlebitofeverything