This is such an amazing cream cheese spinach dip that is full of flavor! Perfect for pairing with tortilla chips, flatbread, veggies or crostini.

I absolutely crave a creamy spinach dip! There’s nothing better on game day, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve or any other excuse to dip into spinach dip.

I make spinach dip with cream cheese and Monterey Jack cheese to achieve the creamiest, cheesiest spinach dip, and I think you’re going to love it!

Cream cheese spinach dip being dipped into a white bowl.
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This dip is one of those classic recipes that is truly always a hit. You can’t go wrong bringing this to a party or serving to your family. It’s something that almost everyone loves.

True story: the first time I had a bite of cream cheese spinach dip as a kid, I realized that maybe I could actually enjoy spinach! Especially if it’s surrounded by this much decadent cheese and delicousness, right?

I love bringing you a variety of delicious dips because I could literally live on dips alone. A few of my faves? Don’t skip my incredible veggie dip, this pesto cheese dip, or my creamy jalapeño dip.

It takes only 10 minutes hands on time for a total of 30 minutes, including bake time! This means that it’s great for get-togethers or when you need to bring a dish in a rush!

A person is dipping a tortilla chip into a bowl of spinach dip with cream cheese.

Cream Cheese Spinach Dip

This cream cheese spinach dip feeds a crowd, and makes great leftovers. It also works with a variety of dippers!

Why You’ll Love It

  • So Easy – It may seem like a lot of ingredients, but it’s a quick no fuss recipe made with a blend of spices for maximum flavor! Combining the cream cheese, mayo and sour cream and blending with jack cheese makes it so creamy when it melts in the oven!
  • One Dish – This hot spinach dip recipe is a one dish wonder – mix it up in your casserole dish, bake and serve. It doesn’t get simpler!
  • Low Carb – When you serve this cream cheese spinach dip with veggies, it’s keto friendly / low carb!

I love serving these kinds of dips because it’s considerate of the dietary needs of your guests, yet virtually everyone loves it so it’s a win win.

Cream cheese spinach dip being poured into a white bowl.

Ingredients and Substitutions

See printable recipe card for complete ingredients and instructions.

  • Cream Cheese – The cream cheese makes this baked artichoke dip so creamy and craveable. Learn how to soften cream cheese quickly.
  • Mayonnaise – Mayo is also a great base for creamy dips! Olive Oil Mayo is my go-to.
  • Sour Cream – There’s nothing quite like the creamy tang of sour cream for an added touch in a dip. I prefer full fat, but if you’re trying to cut back this is an easy place to do it!
  • Chopped Spinach – Frozen spinach is best for this recipe, I like to buy the steamable packages.
  • Monterey Jack Cheese – Fresh grated jack cheese makes this dip sooooo creamy! Avoid pre-shredded cheese, as it’s covered in a flour like substance that helps it resist sticking and melting.
  • Minced Onion – Adds a subtle burst of flavor.
  • Minced Garlic – I find that buying pre-minced garlic is a great shortcut. Learn how to mince garlic here if you want to use fresh.
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes – Crushed red pepper flakes in this recipe are not enough to make it hot, but just enough to spice it up a little.
  • Parmesan – Fresh grated or store bought, your choice! Learn how to grate cheese here if you’d like to use fresh.
  • Black Pepper – For a little spice!
  • To Garnish: Diced Red Pepper – I add a little diced red pepper or red pepper flakes to the top for a pop of vibrant color. Totally not necessary if you’d prefer to skip!
The ingredients for a spinach dip with cream cheese are laid out on a marble table.

How to Make

  1. Prep – Preheat oven.
  2. Prepare Spinach – Steam spinach in microwave.
  3. Combine – Next, combine all ingredients and stir. A white bowl with spinach dip containing cream cheese Cream cheese spinach dip in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.
  4. Bake as directed.  Creamy Spinach Dip in a White Bowl. how to make spinach dip
  5. Finally, stir and serve!

Tips

  • This mini casserole dish is one of my favorites to use for dips – it’s super affordable and I love the cute lid!
  • Spice it Up – It’s so easy to make this dip your own! Add an extra scoop of red pepper flakes, jalapenos or a little tobasco for an extra kick if you know your crowd can handle it.
  • Make Ahead – It’s the ultimate hostess hack! Mix up this cream cheese spinach dip so that you can bake it or take it later!
  • Bake it Longer – Love it when your cheesy appetizers get a little brown and bubbly on top? Don’t hesitate to bake this dip a little longer (up to 35 minutes or so, watching it carefully) to reach that level of golden perfection.
Cream cheese spinach dip in a white bowl with a gold spoon.

Serving Suggestions

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Make it Ahead 

While it’s certainly not necessary, you can make this spinach dip ahead as well! Sometimes that offers another level of convenience.

Just combine ingredients and bake when you’re ready to serve. It will keep for 3+ days covered and refrigerated.

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – This dip can sit out while serving for up to two hours maximum.
  • Refrigerate – covered for up to five days. Before warming, allow to set out 20-30 minutes to prevent dish from breaking between refrigerator and oven.
  • Freezer – Spinach Dip doesn’t freeze well. Sour cream and mayonnaise can become watery when frozen and you’ll lose the creamy consistency of the dip.

Curious about freezing your cream cheese recipes? Read more in Can you Freeze Cream Cheese to learn all about what works and what doesn’t!

A close up of a bowl of spinach dip with cream cheese.

What to Do With Leftovers

Will you actually have any leftovers? That’s debatable! If you do, there are so many ways to enjoy this creamy spinach dip! 

Cream cheese spinach dip in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

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4.83 from 58 votes

Cream Cheese Spinach Dip

This cream cheese spinach dip is quick and easy to prepare, making it a great last minute appetizer that feels anything but last minute.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
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Ingredients  

  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 10 ounces spinach chopped, frozen
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion (or dried chopped onion flakes)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic fresh
  • cup parmesan fresh grated
  • 4 ounces monterey jack cheese fresh grated
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Steam frozen spinach in the microwave according to package instructions and drain excess liquid.
    10 ounces spinach
  • In a small bowl, warm cream cheese in the microwave for 1 minute to soften.
    6 ounces cream cheese
  • Combine spinach, cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, onion flakes, garlic, red pepper, parmesan, shredded jack and stir well.
    6 ounces cream cheese, ¼ cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup sour cream, 10 ounces spinach, 1 tablespoon dried minced onion, 2 teaspoons minced garlic, ⅓ cup parmesan, 4 ounces monterey jack cheese, ⅙ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, fresh ground black pepper
  • Bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Stir, and garnish with more crushed red pepper flakes or a little fresh diced red pepper (for color) and serve.

Julie’s Tips

  • Avoid pre-shredded cheese, as it’s covered in a flour like substance that helps it resist sticking and melting.
  • Spice it Up – Add an extra scoop of red pepper flakes, jalapenos or a little tobasco for an extra kick if you know your crowd can handle it.
  • Make Ahead – Mix up this cream cheese spinach dip so that you can bake it or take it later!
  • Bake it Longer – Love it when your cheesy appetizers get a little brown and bubbly on top? Don’t hesitate to bake this dip a little longer (up to 35 minutes or so, watching it carefully) to reach that level of golden perfection.

Substitutions

You can substitute fresh spinach. Steam it according to package directions, and be sure to drain and dry before adding to the dip mixture. 

Serving Suggestions

Serve with crackers, crostini, chips or veggies.
Enjoy on top of burgers, in a grilled cheese or stuffed chicken.

To Store

Refrigerate covered for up to five days. Before warming, allow to set out 20-30 minutes to prevent dish from breaking between refrigerator and oven.

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Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2541IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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  1. 5 stars
    What a great appetizer! I love a great recipe for spinach dip and this will be perfect for our upcoming Cinco de Mayo party!