It’s hot!

The heat in Chicago gave me little incentive last night to turn on the oven or stove top to make dinner. I can only imagine what it’s like in Texas or Arizona right now. Anyway, I made an executive decision and refused to make any food that required the stove or oven. This severely limited my options for dinner, but I didn’t care. I indulged by making homemade guacamole with store-bought tortilla chips. Are store-bought tortilla chips cheating? A little. Is guacamole healthy? Yes, especially since there’s also a whole tomato in my recipe. Was this appetizer-for-dinner necessary? With this heat, absolutely!

I don’t like raw onion bits or jalapeno peppers in my guacamole, so I left them out. My version is pretty mild when it comes to heat, but I do like a lot of lime juice and cilantro in my guacamole.

Just in case anyone wants a “no-heat” guacamole, take two avocados and scoop out the yummy flesh. Combine with a tablespoon of fresh-squeezed lime juice. Chop one medium tomato, as much cilantro as you can handle, and mix into the avocado. Season with a generous sprinkling of kosher salt. Let the dip set for about an hour to let the flavors meld. I think next time I’ll add some cayenne pepper just for a slight spice kick.


Tomorrow is another installment of Ina’s Garden featuring “Sweet Baked Love”! Despite my current issue with the Chicago heat, I’ll still be baking something fun from Ina’s arsenal this Thursday, and I hope you do as well! Make sure to choose your favorite Ina sweet treat, bake it up, and join us on Thursday for the link up!


37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Three-Cookies
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 02:26:03

    I didn’t realise the heat was that bad. Microwaves can come in handy:)

  2. Anita Menon
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 02:59:31

    I hope you didn’t get hungry later at night. The dip looks great.

  3. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 06:07:24

    I can easily make thuis a dinner no matter what the weather is. Looks delicious!

  4. Barbara
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 06:20:40

    I feel sorry for those of you caught in the heat wave. We’re used to it in Florida and everything is air conditioned anyway. But I remember when I lived in Michigan way before air conditioning was common and we had fans all over the place.
    Cool, no oven meals are a delight in heat like that.

  5. Simply Life
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 06:35:18

    mmm…perfect dip for any time of year!

  6. Kathy
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 06:45:33

    It’s been miserably hot here this week too! Love your idea for dinner…great for a hot night! It looks delicious! We still have a few more days of this heat wave…I’ve been using my grill to do my cooking.

  7. Betty @ scrambled henfruit
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 07:19:13

    It’s getting hot here in VA as well and I’m not turning on my oven for love nor money! (Well, maybe for love- my grandson’s on his way and he’ll want cookies this week!) This guacamole looks like a perfect hot weather meal to me! 🙂

  8. Ronda
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 07:30:17

    The heat is something else, isn’t it? Yesterday it poured rain from the sky here and then it cleared up and all that rain evaporated giving Minneapolis the highest humidity rating on record. It was awful and they say today will be worse!! Ugh!! We beat the heat last night with Mexican too. It might be the plan for tonight too. Stay cool!!!

  9. spicegirlfla
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 07:55:25

    It’s in the 90’s in Florida and this looks like the perfect dinner for me too! I can be so very satisfied with something light and easy for dinner. I’d have to throw something on the grill for my son, but for me, this is all it takes, great idea!!

  10. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 08:03:54

    My wife said the other day oh good the high’s only 96! Seriously. Loving these cool recipes. Avocados are so good they don’t need much. I like your approach.

  11. kitchenbelleicious
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 08:11:12

    speaking from someone who lives in Texas it is HOT too! However, we did get some relief yesterday with rain so I actually think ya;ll are hotter than us today! anyway, i feel for you but that dip looks amazing whether it is hot or cold outside I am all over that dip! Awesome

  12. saffronandhoney
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 08:19:05

    A great idea on a hot day! I had the same idea for dinner actually a couple nights ago haha 🙂 Heat wave here!

  13. incidentalcooksuman
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 08:30:06

    This is so easy and so perfect for the hot weather we’re having!Looks delicious too..

  14. Parsley Sage
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 09:21:03

    Phew, I’m feeling you on the heat wave. We’ve got a heat index of 113 right now! This guac is awesome. I’m a sucker for a yummy avocado and a first supporter of appetizers for dinner! And store bought tortilla chips is NOT cheating 🙂

  15. High Heels and Good Meals
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 12:52:19

    Looks good! I like spicy food!

  16. Miriam Barton
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 13:22:38

    The guacamole looks divine on a hot day, well done! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  17. sweetlife
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 13:34:50

    love to make guac for dinner, pretty hot here in Texas. great way to eat wout turning on stove, lol

  18. Peggy
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 16:57:44

    Oh trust me, it’s hot as all get out here in Louisville too! And I have to play in a volleyball tournament in it tonight!

  19. Cakelaw
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 17:17:30

    This looks delish! Love guacamole. I wish it was hot here – it is bleak and miserable, although obviously nothing like Chicago in winter.

  20. Kathleen
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 17:59:41

    Love your guacamole! It’s not very hot where I live. Sure wish it was!

  21. lifeisfull
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 18:04:08

    It’s hot here too. Your dinner is just great!

  22. foodfashionandflow
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 18:33:56

    This looks so good! Yum! I want some right now!

  23. muppy
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 18:43:29

    this looks exceptionally good!!!

  24. cakewhiz
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 18:58:32

    i am in chicago too and i know it’s been very hot but i would much rather take the heat and sunlight than the winter and snow with those crazy winds :S
    i hate winters! hehe

    nothing beats guacamole… it’s my favorite comfort food.y ours looks so good! i can have it all day without getting!

  25. Ruth
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 02:15:07

    I like your style – the perfect dinner on a hot evening!

  26. kitchen flavours
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 03:01:17

    Your guacamole looks delicious! This is perfect anytime of the day, whatever the weather! It is extremely hot too over here in Kuala Lumpur, Sometimes I wish for winter ! 🙂

  27. peachkins
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 06:33:42

    wow! this is great for “movie nights”

  28. Tiff
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 07:30:41

    Oh yum – my hubby and I would put a hurtin’ on that for sure!

  29. erica
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 08:05:16

    Oh my word yesterday was so hot here and today is suppose to be over 100 I am not looking forward to it at all!


  30. Beth
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 08:25:20

    This looks gorgeous, and just perfect for this hot spell. I can barely stir myself to make food either!

  31. Yuri
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 15:35:19

    I love guacamole! soak the diced onion in cold water to remove the pungency and after taste. Lots of lime juice and cilantro on mine, and I even add some diced mango. YUM!

  32. Elaine
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 22:43:18

    A perfect way to beat the heat. I am the same way when it is hot – I don’t really like to eat much at all.

  33. JamieAnne
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 01:21:54

    yum! Looks great!

  34. chunklet's mom
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 22:50:18

    That guacamole looks delicious!

  35. chanzdutt
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 04:55:11

    super yum…..

  36. Mother's Secret Home Recipes
    Jul 23, 2011 @ 04:56:25

    luv luv luv ur site

  37. Terra
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 19:51:17

    A good chunky guacamole has my attention. My favorite guacamole memory, in Tucson when they would make it table side, made me a happy girl….AND I would do a happy dance too!!!
    Hugs, Terra

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