Smoky Pico de Gallo


This is not a super-quick recipe - this is a 'slow down and enjoy making a great, smoky salsa your family and friends will love' recipe. But the pico de gallo is very easy to make. I used a food smoker to get the smoke flavoring.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
3 cups


  • 1 large sweet onion, diced

  • 2 jalapeno chile peppers, diced

  • 1 habanero chile pepper, diced

  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

  • 12 Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 fresh limes, juiced, with pulp reserved

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon seasoned salt


  1. Preheat a smoker grill for 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Add water to the bowl and wood chips to the side tray according to manufacturer's directions.

  2. Place onion, jalapeno peppers, habanero peppers, and garlic in an aluminum roasting pan small enough to fit into your smoker. Drizzle with olive oil, stirring to completely cover.

  3. Place the roasting pan into the preheated smoker. Smoke, using 1 to 2 pans of wood chips, until vegetables are tender but not dried out, about 1 to 2 hours.

  4. Meanwhile, place tomatoes in a large glass bowl. Add cilantro, lime juice, lime pulp, cumin, and seasoned salt. Mix to combine, cover, and refrigerate.

  5. Add smoked vegetables to the tomato mixture, stir to combine, and return to refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

I smoke 4 recipes worth of ingredients at a time, but smoke them individually to keep the ratios equal.

If you don't have an aluminum pan, you can make a pan with aluminum foil, folded several times for durability.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

66 Calories
3g Fat
10g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 66
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 23mg 114%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 329mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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