Mexican Camping Food Ideas: Homemade Pico de Gallo & Quesadillas

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Are you looking for camping food that’s not hamburgers and hotdogs? We’ve got you covered with this Mexican camping food idea; a definite favorite of ours.

Make this homemade pico de gallo recipe before you leave on your camping trip and serve it up with cheesy and yummy quesadillas. 

Whether you choose to dip chips in it, top your tacos with it or just eat it by the mouthfuls (no judging here!), I’m fairly certain you will love making this easy Pico de Gallo recipe. Although this isn’t your typical camping recipe, this Texan never camps or RVs without it!

Mexican Camping Food Ideas

On our recent campervan rental trip, I knew with the small kitchen and minimal cooking items, I needed to make our menu as simple as possible. One thing we love to make while camping is quesadillas. And given that I’m a Texan, I love to add a spoonful of pico de gallo to my quesadilla.

Mexican Food for Camping

We made very simple quesadillas on our camping trip with just a variety of cheeses, but you could also add shredded chicken, black beans or refried beans. And to make things even easier, we decided not to cut up the quesadilla in triangles but instead eat it like a taco. Because, why not?

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I made pico de gallo a lot during our year and a half of full-time RVing. It was one of those foods that reminded us of home and was a bit of familiarity we needed when things seemed so unfamiliar at times. Pico de gallo is one of my comfort foods.

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Pico de gallo for camping

Homemade Pico de Gallo Vs. Store-Bought

Here in Austin, Texas just about every grocery store sells premade pico de gallo. And once in a blue moon, when time is tight, I’ll buy it. But let me tell you, I’ve purchased my fair share of mushy premade pico de gallo and usually, that stuff isn’t cheap. Because convenience foods rarely are.

With just 6 ingredients and a few minutes of my time, I can whip up homemade pico de gallo that tastes fresh and is way better than what you buy in the store. That’s my opinion anyway and I think after you make this yourself, it’ll be your opinion too.

I like to make a big bowl of this (I’ll double the recipe below) and use it over the next few days. It’ll keep nice and fresh in an airtight container.

My youngest son’s friends like it so much they ask if I have any when they come over. Do you know how long a bowl of pico de gallo and a bag of tortilla chips last with them? .2 seconds…give or take.

What to Eat with Homemade Pico de Gallo

easy homemade pico de gallo recipe

The possibilities of what to eat this with are endless. (Maybe not on pancakes, but you do you.)

  • Simply serve it with chips as an appetizer or snack
  • Serve it over chicken tacos, vegetarian tacos or the classic hard shell ground beef tacos
  • Quesadillas
  • Toss some on a salad
  • Serve it over eggs – scrambled, over-easy or a frittata
  • Use it on burrito bowls
  • Use it on nachos
  • Fajitas
  • Enchiladas
  • I could go on and on…

Needless to say, pico de gallo is the bomb.

Ingredients for homemade pico de gallo

The Best Pico de Gallo Ingredients

I make my pico de gallo with only six simple ingredients:

  • Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • juice from half a lime
  • salt and pepper

The best homemade pico de gallo recipe

How to Make Pico de Gallo

  1. Dice the tomatoes, jalapeno and red onion
  2. Roughly chop the cilantro
  3. Put the diced and chopped ingredients in a bowl, add a squeeze of lime, a dash of salt and pepper and mix
  4. Let the ingredients marinate in the refrigerator before serving

With just six ingredients and a little bit of chopping, you’ll have a bowl of delicious pico de gallo.

Easy Homemade Pico de Gallo

Your Printable Pico de Gallo Recipe

An Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe

An Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Whether you choose to dip chips in it, top your tacos with it or just eat it by the mouthfuls (no judging here!), I'm fairly certain you will love making this easy Pico de Gallo recipe. Make a bowl of it for Taco Tuesday, to share with friends at a get-together or just because.

Ingredients

  • Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • juice from half a lime
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Dice the tomatoes, jalapeno and red onion
  2. Roughly chop the cilantro
  3. Put the diced and chopped ingredients in a bowl, add a squeeze of lime, a dash of salt and pepper and mix
  4. Let the ingredients marinate in the refrigerator before serving
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 40 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 112mg Carbohydrates: 10g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 8g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
If you’re looking for more ideas when it comes to your camping or RVing menu, be sure to check out our RV & Camping Recipes page.

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