Ways to Serve Pico de Gallo [Including Leftovers]

Pico de gallo is one of the most versatile dips or dishes you can make. So, what can you pair it with? Pico de gallo works great with Mexican food favorites: tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, …

pico de gallo added to guacamole in a bowl

Pico de gallo is one of the most versatile dips or dishes you can make. So, what can you pair it with?

Pico de gallo works great with Mexican food favorites: tacos, nachos, and quesadillas, as well as grilled meat, chicken, fish, vegetables, scrambled eggs, and burgers. It can also be eaten alone and it can make for an excellent salad!

Find out how well it pairs with a variety of dishes and if there is anything it won’t work with below!

Ways to Use up or Serve Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is great with almost any Mexican dish, especially with tortilla-based dishes such as tacos, nachos, and quesadillas. 


It’s safe to say that tacos are well-loved all over the world. 

Authentic Mexican tacos are raved about by everyone. Arguably, different non-authentic versions of it are also well-received around the world. 

This only goes to show that tacos are delicious, to say the least. But what are tacos if pico de gallo is not on the list of side dishes? Pico de gallo will add another burst of vibrant flavor to every bite of your tacos, guaranteed!

delicious homemade pico de gallo in a bowl with tortilla chips


Not everyone likes cheese or meat to be served with their nachos. Some prefer something fresh like pico de gallo, which needless to say, is an excellent choice. Crispy nachos with pico de gallo — a filling and tasty snack everyone will enjoy! 


Like tacos, quesadillas are a meal of their own, and a scrumptious one at that! Pico de gallo goes very well with the quesadilla’s cheesy, and sometimes meaty filling! It adds a layer of freshness, zestiness, and kick from the jalapenos.

Grilled Meat

Your grilled porkchop and steaks will always do well with a healthy side dish. Fries are great (and sometimes overrated) but can be too oily for some. Accompanying your delicious and juicy grilled meat with pico de gallo will make it even more sumptuous!

Steaks are juicy, and by juicy we mean the juices are coming from their delectable fat content. If you find the steaks somewhat greasy at one point, pico de gallo will balance things out.

Grilled Chicken

Like grilled meat, the grilled chicken will taste even better with pico de gallo! 

Chicken can be dry sometimes when it’s grilled, especially chicken breast where there’s no fat. Adding pico de gallo as a side (or a delicious topping) that’s oozing with freshness and juiciness will make the chicken even more enjoyable!

Grilled Fish

Nothing screams fresh more than fresh grilled fish paired with freshly made pico de gallo. The lightness of the fish with a little smokiness goes really well with pico de gallo!

Grilled Vegetables

Think pico de gallo is only great with grilled meat? Think again!

Your grilled vegetables such as asparagus, mushroom, bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, and basically any vegetable you grill, will taste 10x better with pico de gallo. Just pop your vegetables on the grill and serve with pico de gallo on the side.

If you’re feeling more creative, you can grill your vegetable kebab-style, and drizzle pico de gallo on top when you serve them!

pico de gallo in a bowl


Many people, especially Mexicans, strongly consider that pico de gallo is a fresh sauce or a dip. For others, it’s a salad. It does resemble a salad because it is made with fresh ingredients and has acid as a sauce.

Classic pico de gallo is great alone as a salad if you can handle the heat. It’s fresh, zesty, delicious, and filling!

What to Serve with Leftover Pico de Gallo

These next 2 delectable dishes can be served with either freshly made or leftover pico de gallo. But if you have any leftovers, you can easily serve them with these:

Scrambled Eggs

You can add pico de gallo as a side to scrambled eggs, or mix it together with the eggs when you cook them to make an omelet. Either way, it’s a win! But do make sure that you stored the eggs in the refrigerator at the right temperature.


How about you exchange pickles for pico de gallo? Or just as add pico de gallo on the side. Anyhow, your burger will burst with fresh flavor!

Can You Use Pico de Gallo for Bruschetta?

In the same way, you can use pico de gallo for bruschetta whether you have a fresh batch or a leftover. You can add it as is to slices of bruschetta, or mix pico de gallo with avocado or cheese and add on top!

This is great if you have leftover bruschetta. Just whip up pico de gallo according to how much bruschetta you have, or better yet, use your leftover pico de gallo if you have one and make a completely new dish!

Can You Put Pico de Gallo in Guacamole?

Some people make their guacamole with only lemon or a squeeze of lime juice to add that acidity because otherwise, guacamole would be too rich for some to eat too much of. 

pico de gallo added to guacamole in a bowl

However, other people add chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro leaves, and chili peppers— basically the same simple ingredients in pico de gallo recipe. So, yes, you can add pico de gallo to guacamole.

If it’s the other way around, you can also add avocado to your pico de gallo and cut them up the way you want to if you don’t want the consistency of guacamole.  

Can You Put in de Gallo on Quesadillas or Burritos?

As explained above, yes, classic pico de gallo is excellent with quesadillas!

Burritos, on the other hand, can have different types of fillings. But compared to tacos or quesadillas, they are more flexible and can have many filling choices. 

They can have beans and/or rice, for example. It would be up to you if you like to have pico de gallo with any of its basic ingredients, but yes, pico de gallo also goes well with burrito bowls!

What Can I Add to Pico de Gallo?

Apart from the above, pico de gallo can be made further into a salad. You can add croutons, lettuce, and other leafy greens, cucumbers, chickpeas, feta cheese, or any ingredient you want, really!

Authentic pico de gallo is a delicious dish on its own, and even better when paired with other delectable meals. It’s easy to prepare and makes everything better than they already are!

So, go make yourself one if you haven’t already, and try our curated suggestions above! We hope you like them!