Chef Adrianne Calvo’s Roasted Tomato + Crispy Cilantro Pico De Gallo

Miami Chef, Adreianne Calvo, uses umami to revamp the upcoming Grilling Season

IMG_5695Nothing enhances the beauty of the outdoors during spring and summer and captures the culinary essence of these seasons like a freshly grilled cut of meat, chicken or pork. With the time for backyard barbecues, beach cookouts and lakeside picnics fast approaching, award-winning, Miami, Florida-based Chef Adrianne Calvo has put her trademark Maximum Flavor twist into the highly popular garnish, Pico de Gallo. The medley of various vegetables and herbs notably enhances the flavor of a wide variety of dishes, and Chef Adrianne’s Roasted Tomato + Crispy Cilantro Pico de Gallo brings a new delicious dimension to this traditional favorite.

Chef Adrianne’s Roasted Tomato + Crispy Cilantro Pico de Gallo embodies the  multi-cultural, global approach to all things culinary, as well as an embracing of fresh, natural ingredients. The added step in Chef Adrianne’s recipe of oven roasting the tomatoes raises the level of “umami” (the fifth flavor) naturally, adding a unique dash of succulence to what is already a mouth-watering selection.

IMG_2806Chef Adrianne’s Roasted Tomato + Crispy Cilantro Pico de Gallo not only serves as the ideal complement to your favorite meat, chicken or pork dish, but can also be enjoyed with some crispy tortilla chips.

“I believe in soaking in all that spring and summer has to offer—sunshine, the outdoors and great food,” said Chef Adrianne. “This recipe is a natural fit with all of those awesome aspects of what is a terrific time of year, and it’s easy to prepare too!”.

Roasted Tomato + Crispy Cilantro Pico De Gallo

  • Difficulty: Sinfully delicious
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Serves: 2 


  • 1 cup red cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno, seeded, deveined, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup white onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the tomatoes in a small mixing bowl and toss them with salt, sugar, and olive oil then, transfer onto a baking sheet. Roast tomatoes in oven for 12-15 minutes. Set aside. Preheat a fryer (or pot with oil) to 375 degrees F. Flash fry the cilantro for 20 seconds . Drain onto a plate lined with paper towel. Rough chop the roasted tomatoes.  In a mixing bowl, combine, tomatoes,  onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add crispy cilantro right before serving.

Did you know…

IMG_8956In 2015 Yelp included Chef Adrianne’s in their top 50 local, non-chain Miami eateries.
Prior to that both Miami Magazine and Urban Spoon named in the Best Restaurant Miami in 2013.

Featured on NBC “6 in the Mix” every Thursday as the Panda Kitchen Ambassador and guest chef.

“After losing my sister to cancer in 2006, I developed the “Make it Count” Foundation to benefit children and their families suffering from the tragic disease. My team and I make it our mission to give back as much as possible.”

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital honored Calvo and her foundation for their time, efforts, and charitable contributions at the 4th annual “It’s All About the Kids” event. Calvo’s altruistic efforts have garnered yearly participation in FLIPANY’s ‘’Chefs up Front,’’ The Black’s Annual Gala benefiting at-risk kids, Common Threads, Verizon’s 4G for Charity, and March of Dimes.

One comment

  • this past fall i tried a pico de gallo using green hatch chilles that i oven roasted first then cleaned out and diced and it turned out really good.
    lately I have been doing lots of brussel sprouts like i had at Cheese Cake Factory where i slice them, sautee with bacon and sugar and onion then flash fry some of the brussel sprout leafs then finish on top…also very tasty and can be eaten as a meal

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