Hearty Hot Spinach Dip Recipe

3 minutes
February 2, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

Are you looking for a dip that eats like a meal? You’ve found it in this Hearty Hot Spinach Dip Recipe!

Hearty Hot Spinach Dip: Loaded with ground turkey, spinach, tomatoes and cheese - This dip eats like a meal!

I’ve told you before that I really, really love dip. Cold dips, hot dips, dessert dips… If I can scoop it onto a chip, cracker, or cookie, I’m in heaven! Not only do I love easy dip recipes for appetizers, I’ve also been known to make dips for dinner. This hot spinach dip is especially great for that because it has all your food groups covered in one cheesy, tasty pan.

Hearty Hot Spinach Dip: Loaded with ground turkey, spinach, tomatoes and cheese - This dip eats like a meal!

Some people like going out for dinner for a treat, but for me, eating spinach dip for dinner is a way better evening. Going out for dinner means finding a babysitter (expensive), getting dressed up with makeup (a lot of work), and paying restaurant prices for food and drinks (even more expensive). Let’s compare that to sitting in my living room with my honey in comfy clothes eating dip and drinking reasonably priced wine. Why would I ever want to go out?? Dip for dinner is a way better option.

I served this hot spinach dip with thin wheat crackers, but it would also be great with toasted baguette slices or tortilla chips. You could even stir in cooked pasta and another can of tomatoes and transform it into a pasta casserole, but that’s another recipe! Speaking of modifications, I thought of a couple shortcuts for this recipe if you are short on time or ingredients:

  1. Try using Italian dressing mix in place of all the seasonings added to the meat.
  2. Use bulk Italian sausage in place of ground turkey and leave out the seasonings completely!
Hearty Hot Spinach Dip: Loaded with ground turkey, spinach, tomatoes and cheese - This dip eats like a meal!

Whether you’ve got a party, potluck, or just want a fun dinner, this hearty hot spinach dip is the answer!

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Hearty Hot Spinach Dip: Loaded with ground turkey, spinach, tomatoes and cheese - This dip eats like a meal!

Hearty Hot Spinach Dip

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This hearty dip is loaded with meat, vegetables, and cheeses to make it nutritious enough for a meal on its own!

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.
  2. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add ground meat, and stir in Italian seasoning, onion powder, Cajun seasoning, and thyme. Brown and crumble meat until cooked through.
  3. Stir in tomatoes and spinach, and reduce heat to medium. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Stir in 1/2 c. Italian cheese, cream cheese, and yogurt. Continue stirring and cooking until cheese is completely melted and incorporated.
  4. Spread hot mixture into prepared pan, and sprinkle remaining Italian cheese and feta evenly over the top. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and starting to brown. Serve warm with chips or bread.


  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Italian
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


Becca from It's Yummi!
10 years ago

Oh my gosh, Andi… you hit the nail on the head! Give me a fork… I’m going in for DINNER :)

PINNED this recipe!

10 years ago

I love having dip for dinner and don’t even feel bad about it when it’s packed with nutrition like this one! Thanks so much for your comment and pin :)

10 years ago

Mmm … this looks so good! I love the addition of feta (my fave).

10 years ago

Thanks, Ginnie! The feta adds a nice flavor, which I’m sure you can imagine since you are a fellow feta fan :) Thanks for stopping by!

Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
10 years ago

Love spinach artichoke dip Andi! I’ve never add tomatoes to it though, but it is genius, especially with the fire roasted! YUM! Pinned. :)

10 years ago

Thank you, Krista! I love just about any kind of dip, which might be obvious from looking at me ;)

Sarah & Arkadi
10 years ago

this dip looks super hearty indeed!

10 years ago

Thanks for stopping by, Sarah!

Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!
10 years ago

Oh my! This spinach dip looks so scrumptious. You definitely had me at hearty :).

10 years ago

Thank you, Kathi! I can’t resist a dip, and this one didn’t disappoint. Thanks so much for your visit :)

10 years ago

This dip looks incredible Andi! We are big fans of spinach dip and I love how you kicked up the heat with all the extra add-ins and spices – it sounds really good!

10 years ago

Thanks, Kelly! I added the Cajun seasoning because I was trying to replicate “Zesty” Italian dressing mix. It wasn’t spicy, but it did pep it up a bit :)

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