Hot Spinach Spread with Pita Chips Recipe
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Hot Spinach Spread with Pita Chips Recipe

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This warm, cheesy spread is absolutely scrumptious served on the toasted pita wedges. And its colorful appearance makes it perfect for the upcoming holidays. —Teresa Emanuel, Smithville, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 6 pita breads (6 inches)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 231 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 381mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.
  2. Meanwhile, cut each pita bread into eight wedges. Place in two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Combine the butter, lemon-pepper, cumin and garlic salt; brush over pita wedges.
  3. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until crisp. Serve with spinach spread. Yield: 16 servings (4 cups spread).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Hot Spinach Spread with Pita Chips in Taste of Home October/November 2008, p61

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DDPLoeches User ID: 1536323 223822
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015

"I made this last week, and I just re-read the recipe before writing the review... I knew I had changed fresh jalapenos for ground dried chipotle (maybe 1/4 teaspoon), but I didn't realize I had completely forgotten the two cups of grated cheese! I omitted the onion because I only had 10 minutes to heat it in the microwave. Apparently it didn't matter that much; everyone seemed to like it! I couldn't get the lemon pepper mixture to stick to the pita triangles; they all fell off and stayed in the bowl, but that didn't seem to matter either. I also buttered some sliced french bread and sprinkled it with garlic and parsley and toasted it with the pita bread, and they were all eaten too. Maybe I didn't exactly make THIS recipe, but I did use it as a starting point. Thanks!"

AA2COOK User ID: 7147619 175544
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"The spinach spread was very good but I agree the Pita chips are the star attraction with this recipie.!"

holmesjill User ID: 4969993 174072
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"This was a hit at our recent family potluck. I bought pita chips, but I'll make them next time."

daduk User ID: 1648289 163932
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"This recipe was very tasty, but the pita chips were outrageous. Loved them. I took this dish to a get together and everyone liked the dip but raved about the pita chips. What a delicious flavor. YUM...."

janethil User ID: 3730637 179989
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"This is a very easy and delicious recipe. I made it as an appetizer for a dinner party and the guests gobbled it up."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 175543
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2010

"Oh so good! I used reduced fat Monterey Jack cheese and fat free cream cheese and nobody noticed. I didn't make the pita chips...we just used regular pita bread and crackers.

~ Theresa"

JanaKay User ID: 2696379 179981
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2010

"I have not made this dip yet. 2 questions please: 1)Could I sub. fresh spinach from my garden for the frozen? 1) How much of the fresh spinach would I substitute for the 10 ozs. of frozen?"

dmastern User ID: 1431044 179979
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2008

"We loved it. However, we didn't realize we should have separated the pita wedges in half."

l2bake User ID: 2030987 158851
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2008 Edited May. 28, 2009

"I revised this recipe a little and served it with flour tortilla chips and I really enjoyed it."

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