Houston's Spinach Artichoke Dip

Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip

Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip – Recently, the Dude of The Dudes Kitchen on YouTube (@Thegrillingdude) made a very nice Spinach and Artichoke dip. It wasn’t fancy or overly unique. But for me, it brought back some very powerful memories of a spinach & artichoke dip I used to eat.

Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip is a creamy, warm dip loaded with artichoke hearts and spinach. This is a copycat version of Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip is low-carb and Keto friendly. It can be prepared in advance, making it a great appetizer for parties.

Back in the ’80s when I was living in my hometown Washington DC, there was a Southwestern restaurant chain called “Houston’s”. There were multiple DC locations, in Georgetown, Tysons Corner VA, Bethesda, and Rockville, MD. It became my home away from home. So much so that in the Restaurant Softball League that Houston’s fielded a team. I was the only non-employee on any of the restaurant softball teams in the entire league.

Houston's Restaurant -Houston's Spinach Artichoke Dip
Houston’s Restaurant

I was there almost every evening after work. Hanging with friends, and watching sports on TV, slowly becoming “Norm” from “Cheers”.

Norm From Cheers
Norm From Cheers

I took dates there, went there after dates to debrief the bartenders, and was generally a fixture in the same booth every day.

Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip

There were two menu items that I seemed to order all the time. One was a Salad with Chicken strips which does not appear on the menu any longer. The other item was the Chicago Style Spinach Dip with Artichokes which is still on their menu. Or in Houston’s restaurant Short hand, it was called a C-Spin. I had that C-Spin 100’s of times over the years. But never could duplicate it at home.

But thanks to the Dude, I’m giving it another shot. I found a recipe for Houston’s C-Spin, which is not that much different than the Dude’s recipe.

This is a nostalgia recipe for me. So, here is my copycat recipe for Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip

Houston's Spinach Artichoke Dip

Houston’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Houston's Spinach Artichoke Dip is a creamy, warm dip loaded with artichoke hearts and spinach, served with salsa and sour cream.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Artichoke
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 165kcal


  • Food Processor


  • 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
  • 10 ounces spinach frozen chopped, drained
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup Romano cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • In a food processor blend artichokes, Romano cheese, garlic, and Parmesan cheese for about 90 seconds, until minced
    Cheeses in the Food Processor
  • In a bowl add, cream, sour cream, drained spinach mozzarella, and stir well.
    Mozzarella Chesse
  • Spoon the cheese mixture from the food processor into a mixing bowl.
    Houston's Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • Blend all ingredients, until it has a medium-thick consistency.
  • Spray an oven proof serving dish with cooking spray.
  • Pour artichoke mixture into baking dish and bake for 20-25 min at 350.
    Houston's Spinach Artichoke Dip Ready for oven
  • Artichoke dip should be a little bubbly and cheese melted through.
  • Remove from oven and serve with your favorite heated tortilla chips, sour cream and salsa.
    Houston's Spinach Artichoke Dip



Serving: 1cup | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 315mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 3915IU | Vitamin C: 14.8mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Cooking Secrets for Men 

Please “like” our YouTube Videos and follow us on our YouTube Channel. Cooking Secrets For Men is also on other Social Media sites FacebookPinterestInstagram, and Twitter.

“Cooking Secrets for Men” is listed as one of the Top 30 Men’s Cooking Websites on the Internet.  You can read that article here. See where we rank for Men’s Cooking Websites.

If you like this recipe for Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip you should try our recipe for the Best Guacamole

Unpaid by the following companies

Aloha Honey – https://alohahoney.farm/collections/all-products

Grillaholics – https://www.grillaholics.com/?ref=CSFM20 (Use Discount Code CSFM20 for all products)

Javy Coffee – https://javycoffee.com/collections/javy

ChefsTemp Thermometers – https://www.chefstemp.com/product/finaltouchx10-meat-thermometer/?tw=cookingsecretsformenThe Discount code is in the link.

E-Cookbooks for free Download

(It’s Free) – E-Cookbook Vol 5 – Poultry and Chicken ready to download

(Free) – E-Cookbook Vol 4 – “Pasta” (written in English and Italian) is now available to download.

(Yes, Free) –  E-Cookbook Vol 3 – “Appetizers” now available for free download at this link

(Free) – E-Cookbook Series Vol. 2 – “Soups & Stews” is available for free download

(Free) – E-Cookbook Vol 1 – “Sauces you’ll use – A lot”, is available for free download

All of our e-cookbooks are available on our download page.

You can submit your special recipe to us. We would love to recreate it and give you credit. And make a YouTube Video. Just go to this link “Recipe & YouTube Suggestions”. It is at the top of our home page. Click this link for an example of a Recipe Submission from a Subscriber.

We are always looking to collaborate with other bloggers.   If interested in a conversation about some sort of collaboration, please contact me. And, send me one of your aprons. I’ll wear it and promote your channel and merchandise.

If you have comments or questions, please contact us at cookingsecretsformen@gmail.com

7 thoughts on “Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip”

  1. 5 stars
    Love this, Charlie. I enjoyed hearing about your days in the 80s and who doesn’t love Artichoke Dip? Your house looks beautiful!

  2. 5 stars
    I need to try this, because I’ve always been intrigued by the use of marinated artichoke hearts in this dish, as opposed to plain artichokes. Can’t wait!

Leave a Reply