Pico de gallo is actually a type of salsa that a lot of people love. Some may refer to this as salsa fresco because this is the type of salsa that is composed of uncooked ingredients. This is usually made out of tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and fresh chilies.
The typical salsa is more processed because it is thinner and would usually be smoother. It can be used as a sauce to certain dishes. The pico de gallo is known to be chunkier as compared to the traditional salsa. Some people use this type of salsa as a side dish or a dip for their favorite chips.
Tara Pele, Technical Blogger, MCA from New York, New York
Answered Oct 03, 2019
Pico de Gallo and Salsa are not the same. Pico de Gallo is a type of Salsa. Salsa is a more generalized term for Mexican cuisine. Pico de Gallo is made from fresh raw tomatoes, chili pepper, onion, lime juice, and many other ingredients. It is often used as topping for fajitas and tacos. Pico de Gallo may also contain ingredients such as watermelon, oranges, mangoes, papaya, and cucumber.
The word Salsa means “sauce” and Pico came from the word “picar” which means “to chop or to mince.” “Gallo” is a metaphor for “macho.” Salsa is a tomato-based spicy sauce common in American countries. It can be prepared in different ways. Salsa can be used as a dip for meat, fish, and many other foods.