Spicy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

January 18th, 2012

Don’t you just want to dip your chips into this cheesy concoction?  I have made this twice during the holidays.  The original recipe came from the Tabasco website.  My DIL Kristen introduced it to me and I have been making it for large get-togethers ever since.  There is lots of cheese in it but somehow the spinach and artichokes make it seem healthier.  At least that’s what I tell myself.

It is a simple appetizer to prepare if you remember to thaw the frozen spinach ahead of time.  Also be sure to squeeze the spinach like you really mean it until there is little moisture left in it.  Everything is cooked together in a large skillet and then transferred to a baking dish to bubble and brown in the oven.

This would be perfect for a Super Bowl party.  As much as I love guacamole and hummus, it is comforting to have a dip that is hot out of the oven.  I think you will agree.


1 stick of butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 (10-oz) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1 (14-oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (not marinated)
1 (8-oz) pkg. cream cheese
1 (8-oz) carton sour cream
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 tablespoons Tabasco pepper sauce (or to taste)
Salt to taste
Garnish with a finely chopped tomato or a sprinkling of paprika

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Stir in spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, sour cream, 3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, Tabasco pepper sauce and salt.

Stir until well blended and heated through.  Pour mixture into a 1/2-quart casserole dish and top with remaining Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses.  Bake in a 350 F oven until cheese starts to brown, about 10 minutes.  Serve with pita bread or tortilla chips.  Garnish with chopped tomato or paprika.

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9 responses to “Spicy Spinach and Artichoke Dip”

  1. Rita says:

    This will make my husband very happy; have not made it in years and he loved it. Thanks for the reminder.
    Printing it right now.

  2. Ohhhh! It is breakfast time for me and that still looks wonderful!

  3. Kat says:

    I made a similar recipe for our “big” game on the 9th, but I would of like a little more “kick” to mine. I think I will try this one for the Super Bowl, thanks.

  4. bellini says:

    Even though it is breakfast I can envision this comfort food. Super Bowl is coming up so I see a hot, cheesy dip in my future.

  5. Kate says:

    Wow, Penny! This looks wonderful. I could eat some for breakfast. I am copying this recipe for the weekend. Thanks!

  6. Penny, I am so making this for the Super Bowl, but I may just have to give it a trial run this weekend for the play-off games 😉

  7. Pam says:

    This is great for a Super Bowl party; I know it’s good! Love all that cheesy goodness!

  8. Big Dude says:

    I really like this dip, so forget the chips and just hand me a spoon.

  9. Your dip looks delicious! My son makes a mean Spinach/Artichoke dip himself. This reminds me to tell him to make it for me. 😉

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