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Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip

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A delicious, no-mayo version of Spinach & Artichoke Dip made right in the slow cooker!

bowl of spinach artichoke dip surrounded by tortilla chips

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A couple weeks ago, my friend had a “sprinkle”. You know, like a shower, but a mini-version. One of the snacks they served was spinach dip and I probably could have eaten the whole bowl.

Later I texted her & asked for the recipe. I was a little surprised when she said it was the Knorr spinach dip mix kind.

While I loved it while I was eating it, I wanted to make a mayo-free rendition. And add artichokes, because I love them. So, this slow cooker spinach and artichoke dip was born. No mayo, easy ingredients, and perfect for dipping.

This version is super simple especially since you cook it in the crock pot. Instead of mayonnaise, cream cheese and sour cream provide the creamy base. It’s perfect for a party with buffalo chicken dip – leave it in the crockpot on warm and you’re good to go!

large bowl of tortilla chips surrounding a small bowl of spinach artichoke dip

Ingredients for Spinach & Artichoke Dip

  • Artichoke Hearts – I buy the jars packed in olive oil. Drained and roughly chopped.
  • Cream Cheese – One brick (8oz) cream cheese, cubed, so it melts evenly.
  • Parmesan Cheese – Grated parmesan cheese.
  • Sour Cream – I use full fat but “light” will work. Greek yogurt will also work.
  • Spinach – Frozen chopped spinach, thawed. But you can also use fresh baby spinach.
  • Garlic – Either 1 clove fresh minced garlic or 2 teaspoons minced garlic, packed in oil.
  • Salt & Pepper – to taste

Tools to help you make Spinach Artichoke Dip

Slow Cooker – This is my slow cooker of choice. It is a 6 quart but you can use as small as a 3 quart.
Silicone Spatulas – I use these for everything. They’re heat safe and great for stirring up the dip.
Chip & Dip Bowl – for serving, if you’re not serving directly from the slow cooker.

How to make Spinach & Artichoke Dip in the Slow Cooker

STEP ONE: Thaw your spinach in the microwave per the directions on the package. Further tips and suggestions below.

STEP TWO: While the spinach is in the microwave, add the cream cheese, artichoke hearts, Parmesan cheese, sour cream, minced garlic, and salt and pepper to the crock pot. Stir it up.

STEP THREE: Pour the drained, hot spinach into the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and turn the slow cooker to LOW, cooking for 2-3 hours until fully melted and combined, stirring occasionally. Turn to WARM for serving or transfer to a bowl.

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Crockpot Spinach & Artichoke Dip FAQs

How do you thaw frozen spinach in the microwave?

Put the frozen block of spinach on a microwave-safe plate and heat it on high for approximately 6 minutes (microwaves vary – mine takes 6 minutes). Carefully remove the plate (it will be hot & have water on it). Take an identical sized plate and, over the sink, press it down on the hot spinach and squeeze (like a spinach sandwich). It will press out the water and in my opinion, works so much better than trying to squeeze the water out in a cloth or paper towel & there’s less clean up.

Can I use fresh spinach?

Sure can. I always have a Costco or Sam’s Club sized container of fresh baby spinach so I use that more often than not. Approximately 1 pound of fresh spinach is the equivalent of 10 oz of frozen spinach.

Do I have to make it in the crockpot?

Nope, you can bake it in the oven so it’s nice and bubbly, or even do it on the stovetop until everything is melted and creamy.

What to serve with crockpot spinach artichoke dip?

You’re gonna want things to scoop up all the goodness, like:

  • tortilla chips
  • Sun Chips
  • Wheat Thins
  • Triscuits
  • Veggies – carrots, celery, etc.

Alongside it, you can serve other dips like taco dip, garlic herb dip, and rotel dip.

Other popular appetizers are pineapple teriyaki meatballs, honey garlic meatballs, or buffalo chicken pinwheels.

How to store leftovers

Leftovers should be stored in the fridge, covered, for up to a week. You can reheat in the slow cooker on LOW or WARM or pop it into the microwave.

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Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
A delicious no-mayo version of Spinach & Artichoke Dip made right in the slow cooker!
4.72 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 183 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 14.75 ounce artichoke hearts chopped
  • 8 ounce cream cheese cubed
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounce sour cream
  • 10 ounce chopped frozen spinach thawed
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic I use minced garlic that’s packed in olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Defrost the spinach in the microwave.
  • While the spinach is in the microwave, add the cream cheese, artichoke hearts, Parmesan cheese, sour cream, minced garlic, and salt and pepper to the crock pot. Stir it up.
  • Add in the drained, hot spinach. Stir well.
  • Cook on LOW for 2 hours or until warmed through and fully melted, stirring occasionally. If serving from the slow cooker, set to WARM.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, Triscuits, Sun Chips, veggies.

Notes

How to defrost spinach – on a microwave safe plate, heat spinach for about 6 minutes then press down on the spinach with an identical plate, over the sink, to squeeze out the excess water. 
Fresh spinach may be used – approximately 1 lb is the equivalent of 10 oz frozen.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 1 week.
 
Slightly adapted from Real Housemoms

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 419mgPotassium: 176mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 3857IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 196mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Macaroni and Cheesecake says

    This looks fabulous! Love that you can make it in a crockpot too! And I’ve not heard of a sprinkle before, that sounds fun!

  2. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche says

    Ohhh YUM! This looks so creamy and decadent, love it! Give me a spoon and I’ll dig right in 😀

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