Espinaca–Side Dish or a Dip

  • Author: Paula Rhodes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex


Spinach, corn and mushrooms combine with cream cheese and green chilies to make a spicy and savory dip or side dish.


  • 12 oz. bag chopped, frozen spinach
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced or coarsely chopped
  • 2 slices bacon, 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1-2 teaspoons chipotle in adobo sauce, finely chopped (See note)
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped (approximately 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 5 ounces processed cheese, (I prefer 2% Velveeta) cubed
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (I prefer reduced fat–can’t taste the difference in this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheese


  1. Snip small corner of bag of frozen spinach. Place on plate and microwave (still in bag) 3 minutes to thaw. Spinach should still be bright green. Pour into strainer and mash with a spoon to get as much liquid out as you can. Set aside.
  2. Second: Saute bacon pieces in medium skillet until crispy. Remove and pour off all but the smallest amount of grease.
  3. Saute mushrooms in same skillet. When brown, add chipotle, onion, bell pepper and garlic, cooking until vegetables are softened. Season with salt.
  4. Over low heat, add cheese, stirring to melt and combine.
  5. Stir in corn and bacon. Pour into 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
  6. Sixth: Sprinkle grated cheese on top and heat in microwave or oven at 350 until heated through and cheese melts.


Leftover idea: Fill a flour tortilla with 2-3 tablespoons of espinaca and sprinkle with cheese. A quick trip to the microwave makes a very tasty lunch or snack.

Keywords: Vegetables, Spinach, Mexican, Espinaca, Dip