Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip -- the delicious dip we all love, made extra quick and easy in the crock pot | gimmesomeoven.com

So, I realized yesterday that I’m going to be in Kansas City a grand total of five days this next month.  Five!!

Between a girls’ weekend at the lake, some fun work trips to Pittsburgh and Minneapolis and New York, plus my first long road trip with this cute guy to chillax at a cabin in North Carolina, somehow the calendar filled completely up.  Which makes me completely excited (so many adventures ahead!).  And profoundly grateful (still can’t believe that I have my dream job that allows me to travel!).  And — I’ll admit — a little anxious (mostly because I have to do double the work before I leave, since no one’s there to cover for me in my job while I’m away).

Needless to say, there’s a mega to-do list sitting beside my computer that’s staring back at me all day long.  And my natural little “achiever’s” inclination is just to put my head down and power through.  But hey, these precious days at home are also the precious five days that I have to spend with the people I love here in Kansas City.  And as satisfying as it would be to stay in and cross more items off of the to-do list, I know from experience that happy hours and coffee dates and neighbor nights make for a much more satisfying and memorable days.  Of course, I prefer days with a good mix of both working hard and friend-ing hard.  But thankfully I have some good friends around to make sure that the latter is the priority.

Yesterday was no exception.  :)

With a full day of meetings on the calendar, I knew that there was already going to be far more work to accomplish than I had hours in the workday, and I considered clearing my schedule for the evening.  But mid-afternoon, I decided to throw the ingredients for my favorite spinach and artichoke dip into the slow cooker for the evening — partly because there’s nothing I love more than a good spin dip, and partly so I’d have it waiting as a reminder not to get in workaholic mode and back out on my plans with friends.  Sure enough, come 5pm, the dip was bubbling and delicious and begging to be enjoyed.  So I closed up my computer and hit the road.  And hours later — after a lovely happy hour shared at the home of a dear friend, followed by a raucous stop by our weekly neighbor night back at my loft — I’m so glad I did.

Good food shared with good friends always wins.

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip -- the delicious dip we all love, made extra quick and easy in the crock pot | gimmesomeoven.com

(Ahem, especially when it’s made extra easy in the slow cooker!!)Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip -- the delicious dip we all love, made extra quick and easy in the crock pot | gimmesomeoven.com

Seriously, I’ve been making spinach and artichoke dip in the oven and on the stovetop for years and years and years.  And I don’t care if it’s becoming a dip of the past, and other appetizers are more trendy.

I love me some spin dip!

Just ask my friends who watched me almost single-handedly polish off the little bowl of spin dip that we all ordered “to share” at a happy hour last week.  I mean, I don’t know how that little bitty bowl was supposed to feed the five of us.  But I figured that since it was so good, it would only be appropriate to make another batch to actually share with everyone this week.  ;)

So I did!  But for something different during my crazy day full of meetings, I decided to try an experiment and toss all of the ingredients from my favorite spinach and artichoke dip recipe in the slow cooker (instead of baking them in the oven) to see what happened.
Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip -- the delicious dip we all love, made extra quick and easy in the crock pot | gimmesomeoven.com

I just stuffed them all in.  (Note: That slow cooker is mostly full of fresh spinach — so much fresh spinach!)Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip -- the delicious dip we all love, made extra quick and easy in the crock pot | gimmesomeoven.com

And then stirred ’em together.

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip -- the delicious dip we all love, made extra quick and easy in the crock pot | gimmesomeoven.com

And sure enough, 2 hours later (or 3-4 hours, if you want to cook this on “low”), I couldn’t wait to get out of the house and take this dip to share with my friends.

It was perfect!

It’s literally chocked full of fresh spinach and zesty artichokes, it’s super creamy (although made slightly healthier with low-fat cream cheese and Mozzarella and Greek yogurt), it’s seasoned with a nice kick of garlic, and it is absolutely irresistible.  Trust me.  It’s all gone.  :)

So if you’re looking for an ultra-easy appetizer for busy nights, or game day, or whatever fun adventures you have planned this fall, I can’t recommend this one enough.  It’s a classic.  And at least in my house, it’s going to be a slow cooker classic from now on.

Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

This Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip is super delicious, and EXTRA easy when made in the crock pot!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (10 oz.) bag fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 (13.75 oz.) can quartered artichoke hearts, chopped and drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) brick low-fat cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup light sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely-chopped white or red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until evenly combined.  (You can also stir the mixture actually inside the bowl of your slow cooker, but it would be easier in a large mixing bowl.)  Transfer the mixture to the bowl of your slow cooker, that has been misted on the inside beforehand with cooking spray.

Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high for 2 hours, or until the dip is completely warmed through and the cheese is melted.  Give the dip a good stir and season with extra salt and pepper if needed.

Transfer to a serving dish, and serve warm with chips or bread or pita crackers or whatever dippers you'd like.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip -- the delicious dip we all love, made extra quick and easy in the crock pot | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. Tammy - MD — February 5, 2016 @ 11:45 am (#)

    This was fabulous.  I made it for a GNO and everyone loved it. I have made spinach dip with frozen spinach in the past and the fresh spinach made all the difference.  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 7:40 am

      Thanks Tammy! We’re so happy it was a hit! :D

  2. Barbie wright — February 6, 2016 @ 4:22 pm (#)

    What size crock pot should I use for this size recipe?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 7:58 am

      Hi Barbie! We used a 4-qt slow cooker for this.

  3. Corey — February 7, 2016 @ 3:24 pm (#)

    This dip is soooo good! I have it in the crockpot right now for Super Bowl!! Thank you for the recipe!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 1:53 pm

      Thanks Corey! We’re so happy you like it! :D

  4. Madison — February 7, 2016 @ 5:24 pm (#)

    How many calories is this?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

      Hi Madison! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  5. Alexis — February 9, 2016 @ 11:56 am (#)

    Hi! I am going to make this for a work potluck! Can I make it the night before and then just reheat in the oven right before the potluck?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 9th, 2016 @ 2:06 pm

      Hi Alexis, we think that should work fine! We hope you and your co-workers enjoy! :)

  6. Karen Lee — March 12, 2016 @ 10:27 am (#)

    I’m about to make this for the 2nd time.  Got lots of rave reviews the first time!  It’s a keeper.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 12th, 2016 @ 4:23 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that Karen! :D

  7. Christine — March 14, 2016 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    This looks delicious! Do you think a 3 quart crock pot would be big enough?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 14th, 2016 @ 9:38 pm

      We used a 4-qt, so that’s pretty close. We think a 3-qt should be fine — we hope you enjoy! :)

  8. Karen — March 15, 2016 @ 4:55 pm (#)

    Do you know how many servings the recipe is for? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2016 @ 11:05 am

      Hi Karen! This recipe yields about 6-8 servings.

  9. Viktoia — March 16, 2016 @ 2:04 pm (#)

    Can you use cooked frozen spinach instead? If so when would you add it?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2016 @ 6:12 pm

      Yes, you can, just make sure it’s thawed and drained first. We hope you enjoy! :)

  10. EJ — March 16, 2016 @ 7:03 pm (#)

    I am excited for this dip! I am making this for a work potluck. I need to make the night before and transport. Can I bake it before serving or do you suggest microwaving? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2016 @ 10:29 pm

      Awesome Ellen, we hope you enjoy! And we think baking before serving (you can cover it with foil) would probably be the best route. :)

  11. Anna — April 17, 2016 @ 1:20 pm (#)

    I made this at Easter for the first time and it was a hit! I wasn’t sure about the large amount of spinach but it tasted great. Im making it again as I type this!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 18th, 2016 @ 8:12 am

      We’re so glad to hear that Anna! :)

  12. Erika — April 18, 2016 @ 7:05 pm (#)

    I am making this for my husband’s potluck tomorrow he just wants me to make it tonight ad microwave tomorrow as there is no oven at work. I am trying to convince him to just bring the crock pot to work. we will see

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 19th, 2016 @ 9:08 am

      We hope it’s a hit Erika! Let us know how it turns out. :)

  13. Janie — April 19, 2016 @ 10:46 am (#)

    Hi! I’m looking forward to trying this recipe! I have 2 fresh artichokes that I want to use up instead of buying canned artichoke hearts…do you think that will be enough? Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 19th, 2016 @ 3:56 pm

      Hi Janie! It looks like for a can, you’ll need about 6 fresh artichoke hearts. We hope this helps!

  14. Lee Murdock Rowell — April 22, 2016 @ 11:14 am (#)

    Looking forward to making a large batch of this for a gathering this Sunday.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 22nd, 2016 @ 4:12 pm

      Awesome — we hope it’s a hit! :D

  15. Leticia Cortez — May 3, 2016 @ 5:14 pm (#)

    Do you think if I doubled all the ingredients (to make twice as much) that it would double the cooking time as well??

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 3rd, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

      Hi Leticia! Just make sure your crockpot is big enough to hold this amount, but you shouldn’t have to double the cooking time. It might need a little bit longer to cook, but not that much. We hope you enjoy!

  16. Shannon — May 9, 2016 @ 1:23 pm (#)

    Is there any way to cook this recipe in the oven?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 9:05 pm

      Hi Shannon! Yes, you can definitely do this in the oven. We’d suggest 375 for 20-30 minutes. :)

  17. The Hungry Mum — May 10, 2016 @ 3:12 am (#)

    My mouth is honest to goodness watering right now. What an epic dip. I’m with you – give me all the dip :)