Just Trixie ….. on Game Day Snacks

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Ok, enough of that deep, soul searching, writing for now.  Let’s do something fun!

I try to incorporate healthy eating into my life on a regular basis, but I’m not so single-minded that I freak out over every little thing that crosses my lips.  That being said, I wanted to throw some ideas out there for you all for some serious yumminess (yes, I know that’s not a word; no, I’m not the inventor of said non-word – lol).

If you live in the U.S., you’ve probably heard that “The Big Game” is coming up in a couple of weeks.  To help you prepare for that Oh-So-Fabulous game day party, I wanted to share my super simple, super delicious, super healthy (depending on what you put it on) recipe for Pico de Gallo (pronounced Peek-Oh Deh Guy-Oh <- that’s too funny).

In regions other than the South, you may know this dish as Salsa Fresca, but up until I did a Google search just a minute ago, I did not know this, I’ve only heard it called Pico for short.   I don’t know why it’s called Pico de Gallo.  It really makes no sense considering that the name literally translates to “Beak of the Rooster”; but either way it’s deeelicious!!

Here in South Texas, Pico de Gallo is a staple among condiments.  In fact, it generally reigns supreme.  It can be used on tacos, burgers, beans, rice, in soups, on sandwiches, as a chip dip, on eggs, as an ingredient in other sauces and dips (think guacamole), etc.  Pretty much the only limit is your imagination.  So, without futher ado, I give you my recipe for Tex-Mex Pico de Gallo.

(PS – please forgive my seriously lacking photography skills.  I am a wordsmith who has no clue how to properly operate photographic equipment.)  {{grin}}


JT Pico de Gallo


2 large, ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 – 4 large, jalapeno peppers, chopped (depending on how spicy you want it)
1 large sweet onion, chopped (or two smaller ones)
1 large fresh lime, juiced and 1/4 tsp zest reserved
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced fine
1/2 tsp cumin
salt & pepper to taste


JT Seeding Peppers

NOTES:  If you prefer less heat, you can seed and de-vein your peppers before adding to the mix.  If you have sensitive skin, you should consider wearing gloves when dealing with hot peppers.  This is how I do this (we’re wimpy around here when it comes to heat).  Just cut the pepper in half, and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and veins.  Easy peasy!


Mix all of the above ingredients in a large container with a lid.  Stir it up good to make sure the lime juice has coated everything and that the lime zest, cumin, salt and pepper are evenly distributed.  Chill for a couple of hours (or as long as overnight) before serving.

My favorite way to enjoy this delicious and easy condiment is on tortilla chips.   Serve it up as a dip, or on your condiment tray on game day.  You’re guests will LOVE you for it.

Wanna bite?

JT - Wanna Bite?


Just as a public service, here’s a pic of what happens when you forget to keep your fingers out of the way in your eagerness to get to the eating part.  Haha

JT Pico accident

I also asked a few of my friends if they’d like to contribute their own favorite game day recipes.  This list is going to make your party planning so EASY and you’re gonna look like a rock star!!  Be sure and click on the links below and tell them “Thanks for sharing!”  🙂

Cindy, at Bacon, Butter, Cheese, & Garlic, shared her Touchdown Dip and her gorgeous looking Bacon, Butter, Cheese & Garlic Mushrooms

Jodie, from Jodie’s Kitchen, stopped by with her Spicy Pimento Cheese, that I can’t wait to try

Carrie, at Bakeaholic Mama, offered up her fabulous looking Baked Steak Bomb Eggrolls with Horseradish Cheddar Dipping Sauce plus another list of 20 mouthwatering recipes.

Wendy, at Southern Test Kitchen, shared her Homemade Guacamole recipe today

Laura, at Day by Day in our Worldshared Homemade Stuffed Crust Pizza

Tshanina, at Thrifty T’s Treasures, shared her 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Queso

Moola Saving Mom sent over her Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

It’s really gonna be a great party, don’t you think?



This post was shared at the Weekend Potluck at 4 Little Fergusons, and Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends



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    February 25, 2014

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      February 26, 2014

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    Your Pico Gallo looks oh so yummy Trixie!

    Thank you for sharing my Queso recipe!

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      Just Trixie

      January 17, 2014

      Thanks, Tshanina. I hope you try the Pico de Gallo and enjoy it. Thank you, also, for allowing me to share your recipe with my readers. 🙂

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