Hot Mexican-Style Spinach Dip

I’ve made this dip twice in the last five days.

Hot Mexican Style Spinach Dip - jazz up spinach dip with Mexican flavors - it's a total crowd pleaser! #recipe #appetizers #game night - find the recipe at

I originally made this hot, creamy, cheesy dip last week for our Fiesta Bowl party. As it turned out, this dip was the best part of the night. While I tried to remind myself that it was awesome that my team made it to the bowl game, I was still disappointed we didn’t win.  Fortunately, I was able to cheer myself up by shoveling quite a bit of this not-so-low-calorie dip into my mouth.

Mexican style anything is my happy place.

Let me break this dip down for you:

It’s got your standard spinach dip ingredients–spinach, cream cheese, half-and-half, and Monterrey Jack cheese.  But since we like it Mexican-style around our casa, we added in tomatoes, black olives, jalapeño, cumin, and some cayenne pepper.

This dip is a total crowd pleaser.  It’s also guy approved.  My dad and the Tall Boy completely devoured this stuff.

Looking for something to take to your next party?  Planning ahead for the Superbowl?  Make this dip.  No, seriously.

 Make this dip.

Hot Mexican Style Spinach Dip - jazz up spinach dip with Mexican flavors - it's a total crowd pleaser! #recipe #appetizers #game night - find the recipe at

Thanks to the Tall Boy for serving as my hand-model.

Hot Mexican-Style Spinach Dip
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and well-drained
  • ½ cup fat-free half and half (or milk)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cute into ½ inch cubes (I used fat-free)
  • 2 (2.2 ounce) cans sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • dash cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Cook onion in oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomato and jalapeno; cook another 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add spinach and the remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart baking dish.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes, or until bubbly. Serve warm, with tortilla chips.
makes 6 cups - recipe from Southern Living Ultimate Book of Appetizers


  1. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    twice in the last 5 days? i feel like i’d make this every freaking day. i am ALL over this dip. i can’t be trusted around dips of any form. i always seem to plop myself right next to the bowl at parties. The mexican style here? so clever. MUST try Ashley! i LOL’d at the hand model comment hehe!
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    • Ashley

      Near the dip bowl is my favorite place to be during a party – and unfortunately, I have no self-control! This version of spinach dip is my new all-time favorite dip!

  2. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    We love all things Mexican too…and this dip, oh man!!! It looks awesome! So delicious and cheesy!!! I need some more dip in my life!!!
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    • Ashley

      You definitely need this dip, Jocelyn! In fact, come get mine, because I can’t stop eating it. =)

    • Ashley

      Too bad you guys don’t live closer, Jessica! We could have a Mexican fiesta and polish off another bowl of this dip! =)

  3. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

    Ashley, This looks amazing!! I saw a picture of this dip you posted last night and I couldn’t wait to see the recipe. I’ll be making this as soon as I fit back in my pre-holiday clothes 🙂
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    • Ashley

      Argh, I’m not yet back in my pre-holiday season clothes, but I can’t stop eating this dip. It is sooooo good!

  4. Shirley

    AMAZING! This looks so killer. I am so thankful that I probably won’t attend any bowl parties this year. Cause this would totally be sooooo tempting. I need to be good. I need to be good. I need to be good. ……….hope I can convince myself.

    • Ashley

      You can do it, Shirley!

  5. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

    You are so speaking my language – I can’t think of a better combination than EVERYTHING that’s in this dip! I’ll be making this soon for sure!!
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    • Ashley

      I hope you love it, Becca. It’s kind of addicting!

    • Ashley

      Mine too, Dorothy. Mine too. =)

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Chandra!

  6. Nancy

    Lucky for me I got to try this dip. It was AWESOME. Loved it.

    • Ashley

      We’re so glad you guys ate some – otherwise we would have eaten it ALL!

  7. Six Sisters

    Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday with this delicious spinach dip! We will for sure be making this for some upcoming parties! It looks amazing! Thanks for stopping by! -The Six Sisters

  8. Mexican Seafood

    Thanks for finally writing about >Hot Mexican-Style Spinach Dip – Kitchen Meets
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