Does Spinach & Artichoke Dip Really Need Spinach & Artichokes?

It was the first spontaneous get together with my sister when we were both fully vaccinated. This called for sparkling rosé and an unhealthy appetizer. I decided on the tried and true stand by: Spinach & Artichoke dip. A classic recipe passed down from my mom and now poorly written on an index card. 

The best photo we could take during my sister’s visit. Gotta love airplanes, a classic toddler distraction.

Five ingredients. This was an easy choice; or so I thought. 

My instacart shopper — Kerilyn — was flying through my weekly order until she refunded me for the frozen, chopped spinach. Hmmmm. Given the appetizer’s name, I don’t think I could forgo Spinach. Kerilyn was already at checkout. There was no time for a last-minute addition of a 7-layer dip or potato skins. 

So, the next morning I found myself at Safeway. After grabbing a bag of Spinach and an impulse People magazine purchase, I was checking out. 

Once home, I began to prep the dip. I thawed the spinach in the microwave and drained it in the colander. I grabbed one cup of mayonnaise, followed by one cup of parmesan cheese. Check, check, check. Next, a can of chopped, green chiles. 

Last ingredient – the artichoke hearts. Strange, I didn’t remember putting those away when I unpacked my Instacart order. Searching my pantry, I realized they weren’t there. Kerilyn forgot them. Correction. I forgot to put them on my order. Whoops. Artichokes, another key ingredient for this app.

My husband took pity on me at this point, and ran out to the grocery store, so I could complete the nearly finished appetizer. 

The morals of this story? Spinach and artichokes are strongly recommended when preparing Spinach & Artichoke dip. Go figure. Plus, always have ingredients for a quick app on hand. I could’ve saved three trips to the grocery store from three different people. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t have these already because the spinach can go in the freezer, while the other unopened ingredients can reside in my pantry. Anyhow. Here is the recipe for your next social gathering – enjoy! 

The finished Spinach & Artichoke dip with all 5 ingredients.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip Recipe 


10 oz. frozen, chopped spinach, drained 

1 small jar (6.5 oz) marinated artichoke hearts, chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup parmesan cheese 

1 small can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles


Step 1: Mix together all five ingredients in a casserole dish. 

Step 2: Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. 

Step 3: Serve with tortilla chips or crackers. 

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