Spinach Cheese Dip Recipe

Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski | Kitchen Gidget

Hot Spinach Cheese Dip like the restaurants serve, but easy to make at home! Serve with tortilla chips to scoop up every last drop of queso!

One thing you can never have too many of are easy appetizer recipes. Specifically – dips!

There’s nothing like a party with a great variety of dips like Chicken Liver Paté and Crock Pot Queso dip and various dippers.

Spinach Cheese Dip Photo

This cream cheese spinach dip has the perfect amount of spice.

Plus, I feel strong like Popeye after eating this dip and a little less guilty thanks to the spinach!

It’s a great way to get littles to eat their greens on the sly.

Ingredients for Spinach Cheese Dip

Cheese – Two cheeses give this spinach dip the perfect smooth base: cream cheese and American cheese. I used white American cheese for mine, but you can also use yellow. You can find bulk American cheese at the deli counter.

Spinach Cheese Dip Picture

Velveeta is also ok to use, or you can substitute another cheese such as Monterrey Jack or cheddar, but it may not have the same smooth, melty consistency.

Tomatoes and chilies – AKA Rotel. The great thing about these diced tomatoes is that they come in a variety of spice levels.

I recommend going spicier than you normally would since the cream cheese cancels the heat quite a bit.

I also added cayenne pepper to mine to amp up the kick.

Milk – this is to thin the dip. You can also use chicken broth or evaporated milk.

Another trick is to substitute half the milk with the juice from jarred jalapenos. This adds extra flavor and spice!

Spinach Cheese Dip Image

Spinach – the key here is to drain the spinach well. After it’s been steamed in the microwave, drain as much liquid as you can by using a mesh strainer and pressing the spinach with a spoon or even with your hands.

Then squeeze out the remaining liquid with a cheesecloth or several paper towels.

Everything is cooked together until melted and the spinach is added last.

This spinach and cheese dip is best served right away. You can pour it into a slow cooker with the warm setting if serving at a party.

Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave with additional milk to thin it out.

I like it best served with tortilla chips, but it’s also tasty with crunchy vegetables, pita chips or sliced French baguette.

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Spinach Cheese Dip Recipe

    16 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 10 ounce package Chopped Frozen Spinach
  • 1 pound American Cheese, cubed
  • 1 8 ounce package Cream Cheese, cubed
  • 1 10 ounce can Chunky Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • Chips and Veggies, for dipping

Directions

  1. Microwave the spinach according to the package instructions. Drain spinach thoroughly by pressing through mesh strainer and squeezing excess liquid our with cheesecloth or paper towels. Set spinach aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium-low heat add cheeses, tomatoes, milk and garlic powder. Cook until melted, stirring occasionally so the cheese does not burn.
  3. Stir in the spinach and season to taste with several dashes of cayenne.
  4. Serve immediately or pour into slow cooker to keep warm. Serve with chips and veggies for dipping.

 

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Author: Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski
Recipe Yields: 16 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 16

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 89
Calories 162

% Daily Value*
17%
Total Fat 11g
45%
  Saturated Fat 9g
21%
Sodium 512mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate 3g
1%
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 1g
16%
Protein 8g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski

About Rebekah

Rebekah is the blogger behind Kitchen Gidget, an all-encompassing food blog dedicated to her Midwestern roots and Hispanic heritage. She adores cheese (who doesn't?!), so we asked her to be our Cheese fanatic. Time to get excited!