Salsa vs. Pico de Gallo - Similar But Not Exactly the Same

When you visit Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach, you'll find the most flavorful, savory, best house-recipe salsa served with every meal. Our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant also creates fresh, delicious pico de gallo to serve with many of our menu items. 

The recipes for salsa and pico de gallo can be nearly identical but the texture and preparation are what sets these two tasty condiments apart from each other. Here's a little more information about each that may clear it all up for you. 

Salsa has more of a liquid consistency than pico de gallo, making it a perfect sauce to dip your tortilla chips in or pour over your favorite Mexican dish. Salsa is also cooked, giving it a more savory tomato flavor.

Here at Mexicali Blues, we achieve the fantastic flavor of our salsa by using only all-natural ingredients and absolutely no preservatives in our special recipe. The robust taste of Mexico comes out from the combination of zesty-flavored ingredients such as tomato, peppers, onions, garlic, and more. 

Only fresh, unprocessed ingredients are used to make our amazing salsa, which is a huge reason why it tastes so darn good! As a matter of fact, so many people love it, we began bottling it so everyone could have that incredible taste at home too.

Pico de Gallo
Pico de Gallo, which can also be called salsa fresca, is made from many of the same ingredients that we use in Mexicali Blues' salsa, but in this case, they are left uncooked. The fresh ingredients are simply chopped and mixed together, leaving the mixture with much less liquid than salsa.

Pico de Gallo can be added to any of the menu items at our Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks and is already an ingredient in a few of those like our El Zapatista Burrito and Loaded Nachos. If you are looking for a really big flavor sensation, mixing some pico de gallo with our homemade salsa allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds!

Delicious AND Healthy Too!
The ingredients that are used to create both salsa and pico de gallo not only taste amazing but they are full of wonderful health benefits too. These include:

  • Salsa is a cholesterol-free food because all of the ingredients in it come from plants. This also makes it a tasty vegan option.
  • Salsa is low in calories (but full of flavor!)
  • Tomatoes contain the carotenoid lycopene, which has been linked to reducing a person's risk of cancer. 
  • Onions and tomatoes have quercetin, which is an antioxidant that researchers have found to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and antihistamine effects. 
  • Onions & tomatoes are also both rich in Vitamin C.
  • The spicier you go, the healthier it gets! Jalapenos contain capsaicin, which increases your body's ability to burn fat, promoting weight loss. Capsaicin also has been found in studies to suppress the growth of cancer cells.

Both salsa and pico de gallo have an important part in helping us create the best Mexican food a the Lake of the Ozarks. Whether you prefer a chunky pico or one of Mexicali Blues' three house recipe salsas, we've always got you covered either way! Next time you're near Osage Beach, come on in, try them all, and compare the likenesses and differences for yourself.
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