Swamp Dip


Swamp Dip


Swamp Dip
Swamp Dip

Swamp Dip is a spinach dip recipe that was inspired by the University of Florida Gators football team. The green spinach pokes out among the white sour cream mixture, giving a "swampy" look. A dash of ground red pepper gives this dip a bit of heat, in true Florida fashion. This is a perfect appetizer to bring tailgating at a Gators game or any other tailgating event. Make it the night before and then refrigerate it until you're ready to dig in.

Cooking MethodNo Bake


  • 1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 cup drained and chopped roasted red bell peppers
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 packet dry vegetable soup mix
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Dash ground red pepper, optional


  1. Thaw spinach completely, and squeeze dry in paper towels.

  2. Transfer to a large bowl and add red peppers, sour cream, mayonnaise, onion, lemon juice, vegetable soup mix, pepper, and ground red pepper, if using.

  3. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla, pita, or bagel chips.

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The name of this dip caught my eye but I am not such a fan of spinach. Then I saw Maggie Gs comment below suggesting kale instead of the spinach so that is what I did and I also added a little crushed fresh garlic. It is a really tasty dip with the sour cream bringing quite a piquant flavor as one would imagine. It needed a little salt and next time I might include a little cream cheese and a little more crushed red or cayenne pepper.

I like the idea of substituting in some kale for the spinach! That would be such a nice twist. I'm also such a sucker for spinach and artichoke dip so I would probably add some artichokes in too! One other small change is that you could caramelize the yellow onion a little bit rather than having it be raw. It would add a smoky flavor to the dip instead of the potency from raw onions!

Hi Maggie G, I took your idea and used kale instead of spinach and it was delicious, thank you!

This looks really good. I think kale would be a great substitute for the spinach. I grow kale and have so much more than I could ever use. Red pepper in dips are tasty. They just give a hit of sweetness and great freshness. A nice change of pace from most dips.

This looks super yummy, but I would be embarrassed to offer people "swamp dip". Not my favorite name choice. Maybe call it "Gator Gruel" instead?


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