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Bacon Spinach Artichoke Dip

This Bacon Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe is the best cheesy appetizer for any occasion. This dish is served warm and loaded with cream cheese, Parmesan, mozzarella, and no mayo.

bacon spinach artichoke dip in separate bowls with chips

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You can bake this restaurant meal from scratch or grab your Crockpot or slow cooker! This is an easy dish that simply requires you to dump in the ingredients.

fresh spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, mozzarella, and Parmesan in separate bowls

What Type of Cheese to Use

You will need Parmesan Reggiano cheese and mozzarella, along with cream cheese.

Parmesan Reggiano (the real name is Parmigiano Reggiano) is high-quality cheese. It’s REAL Parmesan and is always made in Italy. Cheese labeled “Parmesan Cheese” can be made anywhere and is an imitation. Parmigiano Reggiano is more expensive and has a noticeable difference in taste. Once you’ve had it, you will never want to go back to imitation.

I recommend you purchase the cheese in block form and grate it yourself. Pre-shredded cheese has potato starch and chemical preservatives. It doesn’t melt as well and won’t get the dip super creamy.

bacon spinach artichoke dip in a slow cooker

What Type of Spinach to Use. Fresh or Frozen?

You can use either fresh or frozen, but my preference is to use fresh baby spinach. If you use frozen you will need to thaw it first, and drain all of the excess water. If you place a frozen block in the slow cooker, once it melts the remaining liquid will create a soupy mess and you will struggle to thicken the dip.

If using thawed frozen, be sure to properly drain the excess water. Otherwise, you will encounter the issue noted above.

bacon spinach artichoke dip in a slow cooker

How to Make Bacon Spinach Artichoke Dip

The full list of ingredients with measurements and detailed instructions can be found at the bottom of this post in the recipe card.

  1. Add spinach, cream cheese, cheese, artichokes, onions, and garlic to the slow cooker.
  2. Slow cook.
  3. Open up the pot. Stir and add crumbled bacon.
bacon spinach artichoke dip in a slow cooker

How to Melt the Cheese

The cheese will melt on its own in the slow cooker. Keep a watchful eye and stir as necessary, to prevent cheese from burning along the sides of the slow cooker.

How to Thicken the Dip

The cream cheese does a great job of thickening this dip, along with the artichokes.

bacon spinach artichoke dip in a slow cooker

Can You Omit the Artichokes

Sure, you can make this dish with no artichokes. No adjustments to the recipe are necessary.

Substitutions and Additional Topping Ideas

  • Sundried Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Shrimp
  • Crab
  • Chicken
bacon spinach artichoke dip in separate bowls with chips

How to Store the Dip

Store it in the fridge tightly covered and sealed for 3-4 days. For gatherings keep it warm in a Crockpot.

Can You Freeze it?

I wouldn’t. Milk and dairy ingredients separate upon thaw. The consistency won’t be the same.

bacon spinach artichoke dip in separate bowls with chips

What to Dip Besides Chips

Pair the Dip With These Recipes

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips
Leftover Turkey Nachos
Leftover Taco Bowls
Air Fryer Taco Egg Rolls

person holding bacon spinach artichoke dip on a chip

More Dip Recipes

Homemade Queso Cheese Dip
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Million Dollar Dip

BLT Dip
Crab Rangoon Dip
Hot Crab Dip

bacon spinach artichoke dip in separate bowls with chips
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Bacon Spinach Artichoke Dip

This Bacon Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe is the best cheesy appetizer for any occasion. This dish is served warm and loaded with cream cheese, Parmesan, mozzarella, and no mayo.
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Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon dip, bacon spinach artichoke dip, spinach artichoke dip
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 202kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh spinach See notes if using frozen.
  • 13 oz canned or jarred artichokes Drained and chopped.
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan Reggiano cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 3 garlic cloves Minced.
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices cooked and crumbled bacon

Instructions

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Spray the slow cooker with cooking oil to prevent sticking.
  • Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker (excluding the bacon).
  • Slow cook for 2 1/2 hours on Low or 1 hour on High. Be sure to keep a watchful eye and stir the dip as needed to prevent the sides and edges of the slow cooker from burning.
  • Open up the pot. Stir and add the crumbled bacon. Taste repeatedly and add additional salt and pepper if needed to suit your taste.

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add all of the ingredients (excluding the bacon) to a large bowl and stir.
  • Spray an 8×8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Spoon the dip into the baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the cheese has melted and is bubbly.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the crumbled bacon.

Notes

  • Optional: Saute the onions and garlic in a pan along with a teaspoon of olive oil. This step is optional for added flavor. You can also add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker.
  • Parmesan Reggiano (the real name is Parmigiano Reggiano) is high-quality cheese. It’s REAL Parmesan and is always made in Italy. Cheese labeled “Parmesan Cheese” can be made anywhere and is an imitation. Parmigiano Reggiano is more expensive and has a noticeable difference in taste. Once you’ve had it, you will never want to go back to imitation.
  • I recommend you purchase the cheese in block form and grate it yourself. Pre-shredded cheese has potato starch and chemical preservatives. It doesn’t melt as well and won’t get the dip super creamy.
  • You can use either fresh or frozen spinach, but my preference is to use fresh baby spinach. If you use frozen you will need to thaw it first, and drain all of the excess water. If you place a frozen block in the slow cooker, once it melts the remaining liquid will create a soupy mess and you will struggle to thicken the dip.
     
  • If using thawed, be sure to properly drain the excess water. Otherwise, you will encounter the issue noted above.
  • I love to use the grilled (tapas) artichokes from Trader Joe’s in this dish.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 16g
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Recipe Rating




Christina Keliikoa

Thursday 25th of November 2021

I make Spinach Artichoke dip every holiday but it’s usually with Alfredo sauce. That wasn’t sittin right with me. I knew Brandi would have the recipe! Another hit maker and now the recipe I’ll be doing from here on out. 1st time using fresh spinach and I LOVED IT!! Easy to make, Thank you Brandi!

staysnatched

Friday 26th of November 2021

You're welcome! I'm glad it was a hit.

Kelley York

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Simple, quick, flavorful… saved the day! I added a horseradish white cheddar to it and the kick was amazing!

staysnatched

Sunday 26th of September 2021

That sounds so good!

Angela Crawford

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

Delicious!!! I'll never buy artichoke dip again. It was easy to make and a crowd pleaser!!

staysnatched

Wednesday 15th of September 2021

haha! I love to hear it.

Kristin

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

The bacon at the end sets his recipe off! Easy to make and very creamy!

staysnatched

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

Yes! It's a game changer for sure!

Shaun Stevenson

Monday 26th of July 2021

Oh my good thing I workout to indulge in all these recipes!! I could have eaten the whole recipe in one setting! Thank you Brandi

staysnatched

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

haha! I'm with ya!