“I Like It” Approach to Entertaining and Chipotle BLT Dip with Fresh Corn

This Chipotle BLT Dip includes fresh avocados, bacon, tomatoes, and fresh corn off the cob. Add in Chipotle Chili Pepper and you have all the spice you need for a smokin’ dip recipe for Memorial Day weekend!

Chipotle BLT Dip with Fresh Corn

Having an “I like it” approach to entertaining is important for me to enjoy entertaining. I call my decorating style “imperfectly simple.” Inspired from my garden, and using what I have, I really do focus more on the guests who are coming than I do worrying about the perfect party. It’s taken me a few years to get to this place, but after years of figuring out that happiness in entertaining is really about the people and the conversation, and so much less about the “fluff,” it’s given me confidence in my style and approach.

Confidence.

I basically want to put it all together, and decide right away that “I like it.”

For instance, setting out the drinking glasses (Mason jars) and a pretty plant, or flowers from the yard, is simple and pretty.

"I like it" Entertaining

I really like this.

I look at it and think, I really like this, and then I move on.

Yes, it’s good to have your ducks in a row when you entertain, to be organized and ready for company, but when you stress about all the tiny details being exact and perfect, it really takes away from what hospitality should be.

How to have an “I like it” attitude:

1. Be confident. Decide that your style is what “you like,” and don’t worry about what others will like.

2. Mix it up. Use inexpensive flowers, glass jars, simple dishes, rustic tumblers, napkins, plants or flowers from the yard. It doesn’t all have to match perfectly.

3. Messy is fine. No one should look at the table and be afraid to spill or make a mess. A casual, messy look is fine and sometimes more attractive.

4. Attitude: It’s all about attitude and loving the people you are with. Learn to relax, sit back and ENJOY!

Chipotle BLT Dip with Fresh Corn

No jalepeno – yikes!

Today I’m sharing my delicious Chipotle BLT Dip recipe that I made this past week. After attending BlogHer Food in Miami, and being hosted by McCormick Spices, they sent us home with some “new” spices.

I was bummed that I did not have a jalepeno in my fridge when I was mixing this up, so I reached for a new container of Chipotle Chili Pepper from McCormick’s and it was just the right amount of spice that I needed to bring this recipe up a notch!

Chipotle BLT Dip with Fresh Corn

Fresh corn made it complete.

We loved the chipotle flavor so much, and then add in the fresh corn off the cob – crunchy and so much fresh flavor going on!

What’s your favorite way to make guacamole?

Chipotle BLT Dip with Fresh Corn

Chipotle BLT Dip with Fresh Corn

This Chipotle BLT Dip includes fresh avocados, bacon, tomatoes, and fresh corn off the cob. Add in Chipotle Chili Pepper and you have all the spice you need for a smokin’ dip recipe for weekend entertaining!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large avocados, smashed
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped white or red onion
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh corn
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Chipotle Chili Pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime

 

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl mix together all ingredients. Salt to taste.
  2. Place in a small serving bowl and garnish with cilantro. Serve.

This post is not sponsored by McCormick Spices. All opinions are my own! :)

   

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8 Responses to ““I Like It” Approach to Entertaining and Chipotle BLT Dip with Fresh Corn”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — May 23, 2014 @ 4:07 am

    I LOVE your “i like it” tips! I always get way too stressed when we have people over and it ruins the night!
    And this dip? YUM! Love me a good BLT, so this dip twist is perfect.
    Pinned! Happy weekend pretty lady :)

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    Alice // Hip Foodie Mom — May 23, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    love this BLT dip!!! as soon as I saw that Chipotle Chili Pepper I knew where it was from! :) looks so delicious and now I want to curl up with a huge bowl of this with chips! yummm!

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    Tieghan Gerard — May 23, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

    Oh my goodness!! This looks incredible, I love all the spice going on. Perfect for Memorial Day weekend!

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    Lail | With A Spin — May 24, 2014 @ 6:08 am

    Love the vibrant color, texture and the flavors of the dip. Fabulous!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 24, 2014 @ 7:13 am

    I am totally making this over the weekend… It’s perfection in a bowl!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — May 24, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    This is a must for the holiday barbecues!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — May 25, 2014 @ 4:53 pm

    I have the confidence, but its feeling okay about the ‘messy’ part. I often am really tired by the time my guests get there or I choose not to have people over. So that is a very straight forward tip. What’s weird messy is quite fine at other people’s houses. I don’t even notice it or if I do , it doesn’t make me have any less fun or think less of them. I am just glad to be there. The dip is great by the way!

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    Shelly Spencer — May 26, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

    Someone brought this while we were camping over Memorial Day weekend and I forgot to get the recipe and the name of it. Needless to say, after about an hour of searching, I FINALLY found it! It was unbelievable and a must-try recipe! Thank you for sharing.

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