You may notice that there is no spicy element to this fresh salsa. That’s because I personally can’t handle even a little heat, so I always make mild salsas. Traditionally, you’ll want to use jalapeño or serrano pepper to provide the extra kick of heat salsas are known for, and if spiciness is your thing, feel free to add in some heat as needed! It’s all about making the best pico de gallo recipe for your tastes.
This is a great salsa for beginners in Mexican cuisine. There are other salsas that are a little bit more complicated, and which require that you char the tomatoes and other veggies first. This salsa roja recipe, however, just requires that you blend the raw vegetables together, and then cook them with a bit of olive oil before adding onions and cilantro. 
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¿Cómo la elaboramos? Se hace igual que si hiciésemos una bechamel, añadimos un trozo de mantequilla a la sartén (o una cucharada de aceite), cuando haya fundido y esté caliente añadimos una o dos cucharadas de harina, removemos bien y cuando haya tostado un poco le adicionamos una taza de leche y removemos para que vaya espesando. A continuación le echamos el queso y un poco de sal (podemos añadirle también alguna especie) y una vez este haya fundido lo sacamos del fuego y listo para dipear. ¿Verdad que os viene a la cabeza unos deliciosos nachos con guacamole y esta maravillosa salsa…?
Let’s chat about dicing jalapeno!  I always remove the seeds and ribs from my jalapeno’s, if you like your pico on the spicy side just leave some of those jalapeno ribs on.  Be aware that jalapenos contain oils that can burn your skin or eyes.  I am able to handle them with my bare hands, however, if you have sensitive skin you may want to wear gloves.  Be sure to thoroughly wash your hands after dicing your jalapenos before you touch your face or anything else!
Hi Sara! The oil free part is hard, I haven’t found any oil free. But the unsalted and whole grain is pretty much most of the tortilla chips I’ve seen! Many have unsalted versions. For me, as long as they have very few ingredients (corn, lime, oil is the basics) I’m good. We sometimes do unsalted because we don’t eat tons of salt but there are brands with less salt use than others. Cadia makes some great ones!
The addition of fresh onions give this pico de gallo recipe the perfect zing, and the lime helps add freshness while jalapenos add the perfect bit of heat. If you aren’t a big fan of spice be sure to remove all of the membranes and seeds from your jalapenos! This recipe tastes best after it sits for about 20-30 minutes, so the flavors can really blend!
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