Cinco de Mayo…Tart Apple Pico de Gallo


So yesterday we jumped into the Cinco de Mayo festivities by offering up a sassy cocktail.  Today?  Let’s do a twist on a Mexican cuisine staple…Pico de Gallo.

Fresh and punchy, loaded up with cilantro.  I love a great pico.


Sticking with the same southern theme as yesterday, I decided to switch things up and add a bit of the unexpected.  Tart apples.  I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but whoa!  So good! The crunch of the apples were just what  wanted, and added such a great tang to the yellow tomatoes I used. Paired with tortillas, or added to tacos, fajitas, nachos?  Right on the money.

It’s also perfect added to the Old El Paso frozen entrees Chicken Quesadillas I was sent to sample.  I made a box of those last week, and wow – paired with the pico I was so pleased!  A quick and easy fix…a couple minutes in the microwave followed by an optional sizzle on the stovetop…and I was well into a Cinco de Mayo worthy meal.  Minutes?  Yep.  mere minutes.  It was even faster than ordering take out!


Tart Apple Pico de Gallo


  • 1 medium Vidalia Onion, diced
  • 1 Granny Smith or other tart apple, diced
  • 2 cups yellow cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • pinch cayenne pepper, if desired
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Stir to combine.  Allow to rest for 30 minutes so that all flavors can meld.  Serve and enjoy!


Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Old El Paso.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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