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Simple Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Appetizers are my love language.  You give me a dip and chip and I am yours forever.  SERIOUSLY!  Spinach artichoke dip has always had my heart.  Do you remember TGI Friday’s?  They had good spinach artichoke dip, I digress.  It seems I am not the only one in the I love spinach artichoke dip camp.  It’s a crowd favorite so it’s the perfect appetizer to take with you.  It’s sure to please!  This easy spinach artichoke dip recipe makes enough for a crowd or you can split in half and freeze for another occasion.  Let’s get cooking, it won’t take long!

spinach artichoke dip ingredients

Spinach Artichoke Dip Ingredients –

16 oz bag of mozzarella cheese (reserve 1/4 cup or 1 handful for garnish)

8 oz container sour cream (softened)

8 oz cream cheese

10 oz frozen spinach (thawed & dried)

4 oz can diced green chiles

14 oz can artichoke hearts (drained & chopped)

Parmesan cheese for garnishing

Prep-time –

This dip is so easy to make, you can whip it up in 10 minutes and let cook for 30 minutes!

mixing spinach artichoke dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip Directions –

In a mixer, slowly mix together the mozzarella cheese (except for 1/4 cup), cream cheese, and sour cream.  Then, drain and chop the artichoke hearts to bite-size pieces so it mixes in well.  Add the artichoke hearts to the bowl and mix.  Next, add in the green chilis.

It’s time to thaw the spinach according to package directions.  You are going to dry the spinach which freaked me out at first, how does one dry spinach?

Dry the spinach by squeezing the water out.  I wrap the spinach in a couple of paper towels and squeeze the majority of the water out over the sink.  I was amazed at how much water I squeed out.   Then, it’s time to add the spinach to the mixer and blend all ingredients together until they are well-incorporated.

Grab a large round casserole dish (like this) and spray with cooking spray.  Then, dump the dip into the baking dish.  Garnish liberally with parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Place dip into the oven and cook uncovered for 30 minutes.  The dip is done when the cheese is lightly browned and it’s bubbling on the edges.

spinach artichoke dip in casserole dish

Spinach Artichoke Dip Serving Instructions –

It’s time to eat.  My mouth is watering.  Serve it warm right out of the oven with crackers, tortilla chips or bread.  You can also use the dip as a spread on sandwiches.

Make Ahead and Serve Later –

If you don’t have a large crowd, you can divide the dip in half before you cook it and freeze half for a later date.  When you are ready to bake it, thaw ahead and put the dip in an oven-safe dish to bake.  I just did this since we were hosting friends for appetizers and we will be serving appetizers at our family Christmas in a week.  I love when you can kill two birds with one stone and this dip fits the bill.

Here are a few more recipes you might love –

Easy Baked Mexican Dip

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Ice Cream Pie

Oreo Cream Pie

easy baked spinach artichoke dip

Enjoy this yummy and easy spinach artichoke dip recipe with friends and family.  Seriously, forget the meal and just serve appetizers.  They are the fan-favorite anyway.  Like, I said I have never met a chip and dip I didn’t like!  What are your favorite appetizer recipes?  Share in the comments!

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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Easy Baked Mexican Dip

 

The Super Bowl is this weekend and it’s always a scramble to figure out what to make because let’s be honest I am all about the halftime show, the commercials, and the food.  I plan on making this easy baked Mexican dip recipe because it’s always a fan favorite and great served with guacamole, salsa, and chips!

 

Ingredients —
1 8 oz Bag of Taco Blend Cheese
1 small bottle of mild taco sauce (Taco Bell is the only brand I can find that has the smaller bottle)
1 can diced green chiles
1 can Traditional refried beans
1 lb. ground beef (I use ground turkey)
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and then brown your ground meat and chop until finely ground.  After its cooked, I like to rinse it to get out the excess grease and then add the taco seasoning packet and add water according to the package specifications.  Then cook through.
While your meat is cooking, you can add the refried beans to the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.  Spread the refried beans into a thin bottom layer.
Add your seasoned ground meat on top of the refried bean layer and then sprinkle the green chiles over top of the ground beef to make a 3rd layer.  Then, pour the entire bag of shredded cheese on top to make an even 4th layer.
Finally, evenly pour the taco sauce over the top.  The oven should be pre-heated and its ready to cook.  Since everything is cooked through, you really are just warming it all up.  You will cook the dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. You know when its done if it’s bubbling on the sides.
Take it out and allow to set for a few minutes.  Then you can dish it on to a plate and serve with taco chips or you can spoon into tortillas with lettuce and toppings if you wish.
This easy baked Mexican dip recipe makes a great casserole for a quick weeknight dinner or a great dip to take with you to a party with your friends.  It can be made ahead and stored in the fridge until you are ready to make it and it makes great leftovers.  You all know we live on leftovers for lunches during the week so I often make this early in the week.  Don’t forget the guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos and salsa for fun sides!
Are you having a Super Bowl party this weekend?  When I invited my neighbors over, I literally said the party goes until after halftime.  They all replied, of course, there’s school the next day ;).  Family party planning at its finest folks.
Until next time, keep on keeping on with an intentional, joyful, faith-filled, intentional life.  #tribekoko
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6 Ingredient Corn Bean Salsa

corn bean salsa in bowl

 

There’s always a party you have to go to and you need to bring a dish to share!  I am always looking for an easy, fan-favorite recipe to take along.  This corn bean salsa recipe is always a fan favorite, always.

The recipe came from my friend Emilie.  She is the queen of dips and appetizers.  It is so easy that the kids can help make it and great for anything where you need to take a dish to share.

 

| Ingredients |

Can of diced tomatoes with green chilis
Can of black beans
Can of whole kernel sweet corn
Lime Juice to taste (we used 1/4 cup) – alt. 2 squeeze limes
Bunch of cilantro
2 ripe avocados, diced
| Prep time |
 
Under 15 minutes

| Utensils needed | 

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1 – Open the cans of black beans and corn, rinse and drain.  Place in a mixing bowl.
2 – Open can of tomatoes (do not drain), dump into the mixing bowl with beans and corn.
3 – Add lime juice (either 2 fresh squeezed limes) or about 1/4 cup lime juice or to your taste.
4 – add fresh cut cilantro, about 1/3 cup loosely packed.  Dry will work as well.
5 – Add diced up avocado and stir gently until mixed well.  Let sit in fridge or on counter to allow the flavors to meld together for best taste.  Best served within a few hours of making.

 Serve with tortilla chips, as a topping to your favorite Mexican dishes, or as a side-salad for your next BBQ.

 
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