Are you looking for a dip that eats like a meal? You’ve found it in this Hearty Hot Spinach Dip Recipe!
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.
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:
- Try using Italian dressing mix in place of all the seasonings added to the meat.
- Use bulk Italian sausage in place of ground turkey and leave out the seasonings completely!
Whether you’ve got a party, potluck, or just want a fun dinner, this hearty hot spinach dip is the answer!Print
- 16 oz. ground turkey or lean beef
- 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
- 1/4 tsp. ground thyme
- 15 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes with garlic drained
- 5 oz. fresh baby spinach
- 1 c. shredded Italian blend cheese or mozzarella divided
- 4 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1/2 c. plain yogurt fat free is fine
- 3 oz. reduced-fat feta cheese crumbled
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.
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.
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.
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.
- Prep Time: 30
- Category: Appetizer
- Cuisine: Italian