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Spicy South of the Border Spinach Cheese Dip Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Spicy South of the Border Spinach Cheese Dip

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"Good 'n' spicy. Not your typical spinach dip recipe. No artichokes, here! Serve this tasty treat with tortilla chips."

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Original recipe makes 5 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    45 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Saute onion in skillet over medium heat in oil until softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and chiles, let cook 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and stir in spinach, cheese, cream cheese, half and half, and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon mixture into shallow baking dish like a 9 inch quiche dish or pie plate.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the dip is bubbly and the top is light brown, about 35 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 06, 2007

I searched out this recipe and made it for a friend of mine who's pregnant and craving spicy spinach dip without artichokes. Unfortunately, she may have to wait for the second batch...this is REALLY GOOD! If you want it mild, follow the recipe as written. But if you want it kickin’, try my modifications: use only 1 tablespoon of oil, add 1 minced garlic clove to the onion, replace the tomatoes with 2 cans of Ro*tel AND keep the 1 can of diced chilies, use a blend of shredded cheeses (cheddar, monterey jack, pepper jack, colby, etc., whatever you choose), use enough black pepper and cayenne pepper to suit your taste (maybe 1/4 teaspoon of each), and add 1/4 teaspoon cumin. Finally, seal the deal with a dash or two of cajun seasoning.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 07, 2003

We actually preferred this without cooking it but cooked, it's only fair, at best. I may half the spinach next time.

Jan 25, 2004

This dip received rave reviews from my boyfriend and his other Monday Night Football watching friends. I did make some suggested substitutions by other reviewers and others to try and make this a "healthier dip" (as if such a thing were possible!). I substitued NO FAT Half and Half for the real stuff, Neufchatel Cheese for the cream cheese, and 2 (10 oz.) cans of Rotel Original diced Tomatoes and Green Chillies (drained) for the separate cans of tomatoes and diced chillies. In addition, I only used 8 oz. of Monterey Jack. Finally, I added 10 drops of Franks Red Hot Sauce to mixture to spice it up a little. I used a 7 X 11-in glass baking pan....it looked great and tasted great even though these changes make it lower in fat. Highly recommed this recipe!

Dec 08, 2004

Great recipe - I make it all the time. I use 1 can of chiles and 1 can of spicy Rotel (drained) instead of tomatoes. I use a full cup of half n half - otherwise the dip is too thick.

Feb 08, 2011

This was good, everyone seemed to enjoy it. It was not really spicy, though. A little time consuming, but had good flavor. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Mar 10, 2003

I made this over Thanksgiving with a few variations. Instead of a regular onion, I sauteed one bunch of chopped green onions with a tiny bit of butter/margarine. To save time, I used canned diced tomatoes with green chilis added and I used two cans. I didn't use any salt or pepper, and I added a dollop of sour cream, and used about two cups of shredded cheese Mexican blend with four different cheeses. I didn't add the half n half either. The family LOVED it, however, the kids found it too spicy for their taste. GREAT with tortilla chips.

Dec 26, 2005

I have made this dip exactly as directed and it's a little bland but still very good. I now skip the can of green chili's but use Rotel and add garlic, chili powder, cumin and a jalepeno if I have one. I have used mont. jack and have used cheddar. I think I like it with cheddar better. I cut the spinach in half and it is plenty. I love this dip, I make it more than any other and it always gets gobbled up!

Dec 26, 2005

Very good although I changed a few things. I did not have regular spinache so I used a box of frozen creamed spinache then reduced the milk to 1/2 cup. Also added some red pepper and cajun seasoning nice and spicy! Very easy to make.


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  • Calories
  • 524 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.4 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 118 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 44.4 g
  • 68%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 21.8 g
  • 44%
  • Sodium
  • 704 mg
  • 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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