Healthy Crock Pot Recipes: Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

I couldn’t decide. Should I tell my kids what was in this Spinach and Artichoke 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 DipYum

Healthy Crock Pot Recipes: Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 - 14 ounce can marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup fresh, torn spinach leaves
  • 1 - 4 ounce can diced green chiles
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients and place in a crock pot.
  2. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.
  4. Alternate Cooking Method:
  5. Mix ingredients and spread in a pie dish or 8x8 inch baking pan.
  6. Bake in a 400° for 30 minutes and serve.

Crock Pot or Oven Friendly Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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. :)

Comments

  1. Laureen E says

    wishing I had some of this right now to munch on, I have all the ingredients so will have to make in the next few days!

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  2. Karen says

    We eat canned artichoke hearts (not in oil) regularly in salad. YUM. They aren’t as strong as the Cara Mia jarred ones and much healthier. We also eat the Green Globes when they come into season (we buy at Costco, snip the thorns, cut the fur out of the middle, and steam, and mostly eat straight although my 10yo likes to dip in aioli). We love artichokes!

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    Becky Reply:

    Glad to have some recommendations on good canned varieties. I make fresh artichokes at home quite frequently, but haven’t had much luck with canned/jarred artichokes. The veingar is just too overwhelming in most.

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  3. Kathie says

    Who needs chips for warm spinach artichoke dip? Just give me a spoon!!

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    Paula Reply:

    I agree! And fresh carrots work well, too!

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  4. Rachel says

    Artichokes and spinach are two of my favorites!! And anytime you add sour cream and parmesan it must be AMAZING! I make a similar version of this (with cream cheese as well) but never though to add green chiles. Sounds great!

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  5. Mary says

    I have made this recipe lots of times for parties but never even thought about giving it to my kids! One more addition to the snack list!

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  6. Tracy says

    Yummy… spinach artichoke dip is my favorite. I can’t wait to make it, can you use fresh artichoke hearts or will that mess with the flavor of the dip? I love spinach and artichoke, I need a good recipe for spinach.

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  7. Paula says

    This recipe looks great, sounds great (except for the parm. Cheese, which my hubby won’t eat : ( ) I will make it with his kind of cheese. Oh, snack for the kiddos. Sounds great! I am always looking for easy and healthy snacks. I want time for teaching too. :)

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  8. says

    I do like a good spinach and artichoke dip but that’s about the only way I’ll touch artichokes. They look interesting, I’m just not sure what else to do with them. :)

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  9. Lana says

    I do like them but I have never cooked anything with them. Trader Joe’s has 2 pound bags of GMO free tortilla chips for only 2.99!

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  10. Rhonda M says

    Cannot wait to make this! We absolutely love artichoke spinach dip – but in my old ways would purchase a packet loaded with tons of not so good for us stuff and the eat our hearts out – but now I will definitely use this recipe now! Thank you so much!

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  11. Laura Malone says

    Love this idea! Thanks for the heads up on bad fats in canned artichokes. I never would have imagined that would be an ingredient.

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  12. lcg says

    faster and much less electricity to bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes. Perhaps the long time in the crock pot is what’s making the mayo greasy.

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  13. Barbara says

    OK, I’ve just added this to our menu for Sunday night’s dinner! We always do something very simple like this on Sunday evening and this sounds so delish! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Michelle says

    Tried artichoke hearts once. Did not like them. The flavor overwhelmed everything else in the dish. Maybe it was the kind/brand I bought.

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  15. Katy says

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE artichokes and so does my 8 yr old son! The rest of the kids don’t love them but eat them regularly in a dip we get – Jalapeno Artichoke Dip!

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  16. Cathy B. says

    I love artichokes, but the rest of my family doesn’t (or, at least, they think they don’t!). Maybe I’ll have to give this dip a try….

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  17. Tami S. says

    I love artichokes and spinach. My whole family (10, 8 and 3 yr olds) love artichokes and we have been eating them a couple times a week lately. This recipe looks yummy!

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  18. Joanna Sigman says

    LOVE spinach and artichoke dip. I’ve never made it in the crockpot, though. I’ll have to give it a shot. Thanks

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  19. Lisa says

    I am not a big fan of artichokes but will generally eat some spinach artichoke dip if given the chance…everything is better with cheese, right??

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  20. Rebecca says

    I make a version of this quite regularly. I keep boxed frozen spinach in my freezer always so this is easy to mix up. I use cream cheese in mine, and we like Asiago or Romano cheese instead of parmesan.

    Do you drain your artichokes? I just buy the frozen ones or ones caned in water and drain and chop.

    If you have leftovers, I puree the dip in the food processor and thin with a little milk, it is great over pasta.

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  21. Katie says

    Love artichokes! I was always worried about what was in the dip packages in the store, so I didn’t buy them. This looks like an amazing alternative. Thanks!

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  22. Vicki says

    My family also loves this dip but I’ve never like the “greasiness” of it. I’ll have to try sour cream instead of mayo.

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  23. Jen says

    Love spinach and artichoke dip!! There is a nation wide chain restaurant that has the most AMAZING spinach artichoke dip! I dream about it! :)

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  24. Jessica says

    I have never had spinach and artichoke dip before but this sounds really good! I will have to make it for my family sometime.

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  25. Ashley says

    I’m not sure I’ve ever had an artichoke before…can you get them not in a can? I wonder how you could adapt this recipe without using canned products..

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    Kristin Reply:

    The marinated ones are usually packed in glass jars. Also, Trader Joe’s sells frozen artichokes. They should work if you thaw and drain them well.

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    Rebecca Reply:

    Asparagus makes a nice stand in for the artichokes, just steam or saute them lightly. My aunt does this for my uncle who hates artichokes.

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  26. Kris Kyle says

    I don’t know that I like artichokes enough to eat alone, but we love them in dip and oddly, on pizza. I find there are lots of veggies you can get away with in both (dips and pizza) ways, ;)

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  27. Jennifer Blaine says

    I make a very similar recipe but mine calls for cream cheese and no spinach. Ill have to give this one a try!

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  28. says

    This sounds a lot like a dip I used to get at a restaurant…I loved it, but we don’t go there anymore. I’m going to try this. I’ve never bought artichokes because I didn’t know what to do with them.

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  29. Anita Peoples says

    Love artichoke dip, but somehow never get around to making it. I think this might be a great appetizer to go with our lunch today!

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  30. Bethany says

    I’ve grown to like artichoke, but only recently. I just made a cheese dip the other day that had chopped spinach in it and my son gave it a “yuck” look, but it still got eaten :)

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  31. Jenifer Parker says

    It’s pretty much the TGIF (Artichoke/spinach dip) recipe isn’t it? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like the
    TGIF spinach dip.
    Would that crock pot in the picture maybe be a mini? I have a mini and a 7qt one that came with it. Just thinkin maybe the baby will do for that?

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  32. Jessica Jantz says

    Looks and sounds amazing! Can’t wait to make it this weekend for the season opening Packer Game!!! Thank you!

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  33. Erin P. says

    I LOVE artichokes! For those who think the taste is strong, they should try canned ones that are not in a marinade. They go great in dips like this!! In some recipes, the marinade (sort of like a zesty Italian dressing) is much too strong, and cover the yummy taste of the artichokes.

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  34. Karen says

    I’ve tried the Applebee’s version and love it. Now I can make it myself and control what is in there. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Carmen says

    I like artichoke dip – Who wouldn’t like it with that cheesy, creaminess? But I don’t think I’ve ever had artichokes any other way.

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  36. Tami says

    I don’t know if I actually LIKE artichokes, but I LOVE artichoke spinach dip! It’s so good to see a “safe” recipe, too. The only one I know is a no-no for bad ingredients!

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  37. Kristin says

    I love artichokes in general and this dip is no exception. Super excited about the adaptation with sour cream. I too found the original version greasy and with a cup of mayo, not particularly healthy. Can’t wait to make it again! Note for folks like me who don’t use/have crockpots, the dip can be baked in the oven. Just use a baking dish pretty enough to serve in. We like to serve ours as an appetizer with triscuits.

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  38. Cheryl Sammons says

    I just got back from the grocery store. Now I’ve got a good reason to go again. This sounds yummy. I love the artichoke dip in restraunts. This sounds easy enough that I can make it!

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  39. Jen says

    Laura, I LOVE artichokes! And I LOVE artichoke & spinach dip. My only problem is making it and seeing all of the bad stuff that goes into it. I can’t wait to try this recipe! thanks!

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  40. Stephanie says

    We love fresh artichokes from our garden. We have never tried marinaded aritchokes before, We’ll have to give this recipe a try.

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  41. Katrina Page says

    I love spinach artichoke dip but my boyfriend HATES anything healthy. He eats meat and potatoes. End of story. It’ll be fun trying to convince him to eat this. :)

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  42. Linda D. says

    This is one of my favorite recipes! I have made the recipe with frozen chopped spinach that has been thawed and water squeezed out! Thanks for the reminder to make this soon!!

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  43. 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!

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  44. 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.

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  45. 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.

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  46. 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!!!

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  47. 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…
    Blessings,

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  48. 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!!

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  49. Jo Ann says

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

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  50. 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!

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  51. Marcilia says

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

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    Laura Reply:

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

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  52. 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?

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  53. 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.

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  54. 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!

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  55. 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.

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  56. 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!

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  57. 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.

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  58. 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!

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  59. Anna Hutchinson says

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

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

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

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  60. April L says

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

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  61. 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.

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  62. 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!

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  63. 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!

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  64. 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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