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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

Twisted Bacon Recipe

person holding bacon spinach artichoke dip on a chip

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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




Aimee

Saturday 26th of February 2022

How many cups does this make? Thinking about doubling it for a party tonight. Also thoughts on water chestnuts added?

staysnatched

Sunday 27th of February 2022

I've never tried water chestnuts in this and I'm not of fan of them in dips, but if you like them, feel free!

Monica R

Sunday 13th of February 2022

This dip was SO good and so easy! It tastes better than any store bought dip, and is full of normal ingredients. I'll keep this one on rotation, for sure!

staysnatched

Monday 14th of February 2022

Glad to hear it will be in the rotation.

Meredith Eddy

Sunday 2nd of January 2022

This is delicious and simple to make! Mostly hands off if using the crockpot method. I did other things around the house and stirred the crock pot here and there. Thanks for the recipe!

staysnatched

Monday 3rd of January 2022

You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

LADYE

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

I’m making this!

staysnatched

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

I hope you enjoy it!

Jill

Saturday 25th of December 2021

A great addition to Christmas Day menu. I will make again.

staysnatched

Sunday 26th of December 2021

Perfect for Christmas!