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Dips to Make for Your TailGate Party

Updated on October 9, 2012

Sausage,Bean, Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Enjoy the game with this easy 'grab and go' dip.
Enjoy the game with this easy 'grab and go' dip. | Source

Hearty Sausage, Bean, Spinach and Artichoke Dip

You know autumn has arrived when the morning air grows crisp, the foliage changes color and football season returns. Whether you are planning to have the gang over to watch college football on a Saturday afternoon, or you are rendezvousing at the stadium parking lot for pregame festivities, you’ll want to pack a good appetizer or two to share.

One of my favorites happens to come from a Southern Living magazine and it has all the hearty ingredients that are sure to be a crowd pleaser. I know my family loved it. The ingredients are easy to find in any grocery store and are familiar flavors: sausage, beans, white wine and spinach are a few of the ingredients blended together to make this party dip. In my version, I added artichokes to the batch. Why? I happen to have a large jar of artichoke hearts in my refrigerator and I am always looking for innovative ways to add them to a meal. If you don’t happen to have the same passion for this delicious vegetable, leave it out. After all, you’re the cook!

For my household I cut this recipe in half and used a smaller casserole dish to put the dip in. It was just the right amount for us for the evening. Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers. They are just as delicious the second day of dipping!

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 6 cups

How to cook a hearty party dip

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Sausage, Bean, Spinach and Artichoke Dip Get your ingredients set up firstChop and mince all the ingredients and set aside.Cook sausage until no longer pink; break up the larger chunks until crumblyCoarsley chop the fresh spinachAdd to the sausage mixtureCoarsely chop the artichoke hearts and add to the sausage mixtureAfter adding the cream cheese stir constantly until thoroughly melted and mixed.
Sausage, Bean, Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Sausage, Bean, Spinach and Artichoke Dip | Source
Get your ingredients set up first
Get your ingredients set up first | Source
Chop and mince all the ingredients and set aside.
Chop and mince all the ingredients and set aside. | Source
Cook sausage until no longer pink; break up the larger chunks until crumbly
Cook sausage until no longer pink; break up the larger chunks until crumbly | Source
Coarsley chop the fresh spinach
Coarsley chop the fresh spinach | Source
Add to the sausage mixture
Add to the sausage mixture | Source
Coarsely chop the artichoke hearts and add to the sausage mixture
Coarsely chop the artichoke hearts and add to the sausage mixture | Source
After adding the cream cheese stir constantly until thoroughly melted and mixed.
After adding the cream cheese stir constantly until thoroughly melted and mixed. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (1 lb.) package ground pork sausage, HOT
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 C dry white wine, or cooking wine
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, soft
  • 1 (6 oz) package fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt, optional
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 C artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 C Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
  • Variety of dippers corn chips, crackers or pretzel rods

Please rate this Party Dip recipe

5 stars from 3 ratings of Sausage, Bean, Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Cooking Football Food:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook onion, pepper, and sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir often to break up the sausage to make it crumbly. Drain off grease, but return meat to pan.
  2. Stir in garlic and thyme cooking for 1 minute
  3. Add white wine and allow to cook for 2 minutes
  4. Add cream cheese and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes or until the cream cheese is melted.
  5. Stir in spinach and (optional) salt. Cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly, or until the spinach is wilted.
  6. Gently stir in the beans and artichokes. Pour mixture into a (2 qt.) baking dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with crackers, corn chips or pretzel rods.

Quick and Easy Hummus Dip

Hummus is a wonderful addition to a gathering. Hummus is a Mediterranean food that consists of chick peas, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic blended together. It's usually served with pita bread, but any dipper will do!

Cook Time: 10 minutes to prepare and serve

Ingredients:

15 oz. can chickpeas

1 clove garlic

1/4 C olive oil, plus additional to sprinkle on top after making

2 T fresh lemon juice

2 T Tahini (Sesame Seed paste; Optional)

1 tsp ground cumin

3/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp paprika

1-2 T water to food processor as needed

Instructions:

Puree chick peas, garlic, 1/4 c. olive oil, lemon juice, Tahini, cumin and salt in food processor until smooth and creamy. Add 1-2 T of water as necessary to reach desired consistency. Transfer to serving bowl and drizzle with additional olive oil. Sprinkle with paprika. Serve with pita bread.


Guacomole Dip

Fresh avocados, tomatoes and lime juice are a great combination for guacamole dip. It's such a simple dip to make and serve with corn chips. This recipe will serve four. Just double the ingredients for a larger crowd. Be sure to cover and refrigerate any leftovers.

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and diced

1 large tomato, seeded and diced

1/3 C. sweet onion, diced

2 T fresh cilantro, chopped

2 T fresh squeezed lime juice

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions:

Place avocado in medium bowl and mash until chunky. Stir in all other ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with corn chips.

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you, DDE I hope you try them. They are good. :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great idea for Dips and you have such a simple recipe to put together. Sounds a treat for all times

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      alocsin-thanks for stopping by and reading this. I competely agree with you on the quality of the dips. While many dips are fun appetizers, the Sausage Dip is a meal in itself! It has so many ingredients and really makes you full after eating about six pieces. Plus, it is addicting...hahaha. I couldn't stop eating it the flavors were so good. Thanks for the votes up/U

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      alocsin-thanks for stopping by and reading this. I competely agree with you on the quality of the dips. While many dips are fun appetizers, the Sausage Dip is a meal in itself! It has so many ingredients and really makes you full after eating about six pieces. Plus, it is addicting...hahaha. I couldn't stop eating it the flavors were so good. Thanks for the votes up/U

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'd use these for regular parties as well. My favorite is the hearty party dip because it contains sausage meat. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks, India-I think the holiday appetizer table is just the right spot for this sausage-bean dip, it's sooo yummy. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

      These dip recipes are perfectly timed for the Tailgate season! I am going to have to keep them on hand for the up and coming holidays as well! Great stuff!

      HubHugs~

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Sherry-I'm like you--I love artichokes and just finished off my costco jar last night...I'll be posting another recipe with artichokes shortly. :)

      Terry, hahahahaaha Thanks-pass the word and maybe it'll go viral like the teen's Sweet 16 b/day bash that needed the police to break up, LOL Thanks for the brats, but I think I have all the brats I can handle in my house for the time being. Bring the spiked punch instead. :)

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      mts1098 says there's a tailgate party in front of your house while we wait for the NHL to decide what they're gonna do? SWEET! I'll bring the brats & buns! :)

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      That Sausage,Bean, Spinach and Artichoke Dip looks fabulous. I love artichoke hearts too. I buy them in big jars at Costco so I can use them often.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Barbara-thanks for stopping by for a read. If you love artichokes the way I do you'll be sure to want to add them to this sausage bean recipe-the more the better in my opinion, LOL Enjoy!!!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Wonderful Recipes Denise...I Love Artichoke...so I'd try the first dip, actually, I'd try them all. Good one, Denise, Thanks for sharing!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Haha Deb-oh, and that sausage bean dip is the BEST! Thanks for the pin. BTW-I caught your comment about another soup. I'll be sure to check it out since I love soup and enjoy cooking it.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      You know you had me with the title of this. I'm always on the lookout for football food. These all sound good, especially the sausage bean dip. I will pin this.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Laughed out loud at your comment here mts, haha Okay...got the order in; I'll just wait for you to cruise by. :) BTW: 'Go Redwings!'

      (I love hockey-I used to play with the best of them growing up, when the streets froze and the neighborhood gang would set up a game)

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      mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      Nice tail gate appetizer...If you see a Jeep in front of your house one day - don't be alarmed - It is just me and I am having a tail gate party waiting for the dips :) cheers...Now if we can only get hockey season going...

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      GoodLady-thanks for giving it a read. Hope you have a chance to give them a try. :)

      Hi Danette-Hhahaha--getting hungry. That's funny. :) Well, let me know how the sausage bean dip goes over with a group larger than family... Thanks for the vote and stars. :)

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      They all sound good Dee. I"m sitting here getting hungry from reading these. I know you've mentioned the Sausage,Bean, Spinach and Artichoke Dip to me several times in the past few weeks so I guess that means I really do need to check it out. The farm's Harvest Party / potluck is coming up and this would be a good dish to bring.

      Voted up with stars across the board for ease and yummy-ness.

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Super ideas here and haven't tried them - except the houmus one, so many thanks. I'll print this up.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Pamela-I love to eat guacamole-in fact, I'd have some now if I had any avocados left, haha. But, the Sausage dip was the BEST! Thanks for reading.

      Hi Ruby-the Hummus is such a quick recipe. :) That's always a positive when putting together food. But, I hope you try the sausage dip. It was delicious-couldn't stop eating it!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      All of the dips look delicious, esp. the sausage, bean dip. Thank's for the share..

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Each of these sounds very good. I will be trying out these recipes. Thanks so much.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Rosemay-how are you? Thanks for taking a peek at this. They are yummy-especially that sausage, bean dip. I couldn't get enough of it!

      Hi algarveview, Thanks for the vote and share. :) Enjoy your week.

      Frank-you crack me up! Well, be sure to whip up a big batch and settle into those games, haha. If the ingredients of the first dip appeal to you, it's a guaranteed 'no left-over' night. It is delicious. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Yeah this is what Im talking about... Football food Good enough for Sunday Game Day!!! Monday night game and the all new Thursday Night Game.. so.. there will be no left-overs... Go Jets!

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      Joana e Bruno 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hi, Denise, loved these recipes for dips... They're great for when we have friends over. Voted up and useful and sharing! Take care!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Some great recipes for dips. I am always looking for something different.

      Thank you for sharing