Healthy Crock Pot Recipes: Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

I couldn’t decide. Should I tell my kids what was in this dip…or should I not?

Turns out, I didn’t have much choice, because they came into the kitchen and asked what I was making and what was in it. I wasn’t going to lie, obviously, but shucks, I was just sure that once Elias, our 10 year old, heard that there were artichokes and spinach in the dip, he’d suddenly be, “not very hungry right now”.

Thankfully, there were chips involved. ;)  Chips are always a good motivator for eating artichokes, right?

All of the boys decided to “give it a try”, which in Elias’ case, means putting a teeny bit of dip onto his chip. Much to my surprise, all of the boys loved the dip. And Elias was the one who raved about it the most.

The moral of this story? I give up on ever being able to predict which of my kids will like which foods, because about the time I think for sure my pickiest child will rebel against artichokes, I will be wrong.

Just a note:  When picking out Marinated Artichoke Hearts at the store, watch out! Many of them contain partially hydrogenated oils. Ick.  I was happy to find a healthier version at Vitacost which contains only artichoke hearts, water, salt and citric acid. Sweet!

As for chips, I recommend an organic variety of corn chips so you will be avoiding bad fats and GMO corn. Or, this dip also tastes great with carrot sticks and other veggies.

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

1 – 14 ounce can marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup sour cream or mayonnaise (we prefer sour cream as the mayo makes this a little greasy)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup fresh, torn spinach leaves
1 – 4 ounce can diced green chiles

Mix all ingredients and place in a crock pot. Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Serve with tortilla chips.

Leave a comment on this post to be eligible for our Heavenly Homemakers Shop gift certificate giveway! Share with us:  Are you a fan of artichokes?  I dare you to try this dip whether you are or not. If Elias likes it, I’m pretty sure you will too. :)

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  1. Stephanie Zinkle says

    I’m not a fan of artichokes,but am learning that sometimes you just have to try something and you might just like it!


  2. barb powers says

    Thank you for posting this revipe… I was just on a hunt nor this very recipe callimg for fresh spinach vs frozen. Cannot wait to try.. And i appriciate your two cents on the difference between the use of sour cream vs the mayo.. I think l’ll use a blend of both.


  3. Lorinda says

    Yes, this dip is yummy! I’ve made it before. Just don’t use that fake powdery “parm” that comes in the green can. It will make it very salty!(I don’t have that parm in the green can anymore, I use fresh.) Use the freshly grated Parm. from the dairy section or grate your own.


  4. Shannon from VA says

    Oh my goodness this is my favorite dip ever. I even get this as my meal at a restaurant sometimes!! :) My son would never try it if I told him there were artichokes in it, but your son’s reaction has given me hope. Thanks for this healthy version!!!


  5. Marie says

    I love artichokes, and my picky kids love this type of dip! Never thought of subbing sour cream for mayo., definitely going to try that!

    I have some questions about parmesan cheese…What kind of parmesan cheese do you recommend and do you get it from Azure? Is there such thing as raw milk parmesan? Or do you go with organic?

    Thanks for this recipe! Looking forward to trying it with the green chilis and sour cream…


  6. Susan says

    I love artichokes! We always put them on our pizza. I also roast the whole artichoke in the oven with olive oil, salt, and pepper and then we peel off the individual leaves and suck all the great tasting meat off of them. Yum!!


  7. Jo Ann says

    O love artichokes and my whole family (young kiddos included) love spinach artichoke dip! Can’t wait to try this recipe!


  8. Mandy says

    Thanks to my Dad, I LOVE artichokes! All by themselves. My husband, who had never had anything artichoke in his life before we were married, now loves them ESPECIALLY in dips:) MY 2-yr-old son can match me bite for bite with an artichoke! He just loves ’em! GO GREEN!


  9. Marcilia says

    Silly question, but do I need to drain the artichokes? Thanks!


    Laura Reply:

    Um, yes, thank you for asking. I need to edit the post to mention that! :)


  10. Priscilla says

    sounds yummy, I’ll have to get fresh spinach first unless there is a way to use frozen spinach, would I have to cook it or only thaw it & drain it?


  11. beth s says

    I love artichokes, have some growing in my backyard; , I love spinach and green chilies and parm-yum. This sounds like a complete winner.


  12. Amber S. says

    The only artichokes I’ve had is in a dip at a local restaurant… and I loved it! Will have to try this recipe soon, it sounds SO good!


  13. says

    I love artichokes. We eat them constantly in my home. However, when I make an artichoke dip I add so many more ingredients like: cream cheese, both sour cream and mayo, whatever cheese are in my fridge, and diced tomatoes. Delicious! One of our favorite ways to make artichokes is to steam an entire artichoke that has anchovy paste, breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese squeezed into it.


  14. Amber Schmidt says

    I love artichokes. I graved them during my second pregnancy. . . . I am making this dip for our ladies bunko night tonight. I am super excited to try it and share it!


  15. Annie says

    I LOVE this dip, but I’m pinning to my “Things to make that have dairy” board on Pinterest since my nursing baby has a dairy allergy.


  16. Melissa says

    I make spinach, artichoke dip. I use plain yogurt instead of mayo or sour cream. I also have a tip for draining frozen spinach. Put it inside of a dish towel and wring it out. I learned that from Rachael Ray. Sooo much easier!


  17. Anna Hutchinson says

    Could I do this in the oven instead? How long and at what temp?


    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Yes, you can! Try it at 350 for 20 minutes.


  18. April L says

    I love artichokes; the family, not so much. However, I think with chips and cheese, they might become fans. :)


  19. Carol Thompson says

    I can see hubby wanting to add some sausage from the local meat market to this, sure the kids will love it.


  20. Ann Guinn says

    I can’t say that I’m a fan. I haven’t used them much, but I do really like artichoke dips and them on homemade grilled pizza!


  21. Tammy says

    I LOVE, love, love spinach artichoke dip. I’ll try the sour cream next time instead of mayo. My recipe uses mozzarella and romano in addition to parmesan, so cutting down on the greasy is a good thing!


  22. Jen D says

    I saw t his recipe yesterday on Facebook and I happened to have a can of artichokes I needed to use up. I ended up using half mayonnaise and greek yogurt instead of sour cream and it turned out great. This was my first attempt at spinach artichoke dip and I will definitely make it again! Thanks for the simple recipe.


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