What goes best with a large helping of corn chips? I think the answer to that is spinach artichoke dip. It’s especially good if you make it yourself, modifying the recipe to fit your own taste. Another benefit is the sense of accomplishment and pride you get from making a homemade dip.
I make this one easy on myself by using the crockpot to cook it. It definitely extends the prep time from other methods, but it’s a very easy way to make this dip. Crock pot spinach artichoke dip is a great addition to your game days, family gatherings, and late night snacking.
This dip goes well with any number of chips, and you can even use it as a topping for tacos and salad and a filling for burritos.
Perfect spinach artichoke dip is thick and creamy, which is exactly what I’m going to show you how to make with this recipe for spinach artichoke dip in crock pot. It’s very flavourful and rich and is made simply with a handful of ingredients and without a lot of prep time.
What to Use Spinach Artichoke Dip with?
You can take this artichoke spinach dip crockpot recipe and use it for dipping tortilla chips or any kind of corn chips. It can also be used with many types of crispy vegetables, like carrots and celery sticks. Any kind of snack cracker is great for dipping in the spinach and artichoke dip crock pot concoction. I personally recommend saltines, Wheat Thins, Triscuits, and Ritz crackers.
Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe Crock Pot
- 10 ounces of fresh spinach, chop
- 14 ounces of artichoke hearts, chopped (one can)
- ½ cup of parmesan cheese
- 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 8 ounces of cream cheese, cubed (one block)
- cubed (one block)
- Mix all of your ingredients together in the crockpot. Stir them together until they are combined well.
- Cover the crock pot and cook for two hours on low. You want to stir it partway through, uncovering after about an hour and giving the entire mixture a stir. Then, put the lid back and keep cooking for the next hour.
- Before serving, stir it again and add salt and pepper to taste. The dip can be served hot, room temperature or cold.
Not all spinach artichoke dip recipes crock pot are this easy, but I think you can appreciate how simple this one is. You may find others that are more complex or that require more ingredients, but I don’t think that’s necessary for a decent dip. I think you will agree after you give this one a try.
Dip is usually pretty simple to make. It’s often a matter of just getting the right ingredients and combining them well. In this case, you have to cook the ingredients for a little bit, but there’s nothing else really to it.
Making Crock Pot Artichoke Spinach Dip Ahead
This is one of those dishes you can absolutely make ahead of time. I often make this the day before a big event, so that gives me more time to work on other things that need to be made fresh for my gathering. You can store this in the fridge and just warm it up in the microwave when it’s ready or heat it up in the crockpot, if you like.
Of course, the dip can be served cold as well, if you prefer it that way.
For long term storage, you can keep the artichoke dip in a freezer safe container or bag for months at a time. It can last for three to four months in the freezer, if stored properly and sealed and airtight container.
Do not put hot spinach artichoke dip crock pot straight into the freezer. Allow it to cool and reach room temperature before storing it in the freezer or the fridge. Even storing in the fridge before it thaws is a bad idea, because condensation can form, making your dip extra watery.
That can affect the flavour and the texture of the dish, making your dip runnier than it should be. This is supposed to be a thick, creamy, heavy dip, so keeping condensation out is essential.
What Do You Do If Your Dip Is Too Runny or Too Thick?
What a lot of spinach artichoke dip crock pot recipes miss out on is how to fix a recipe that’s gone bad. It’s definitely a little too easy to make your dip too watery or overly thick. How do you fix something like that?
If the dip is too runny, you can add cream cheese to it as well as other solid ingredients. Adding some extra artichoke and spinach to it can thicken it, as well as some additional shredded cheese or parmesan cheese.
This is a dip that is supposed to be thick, so you definitely want to look for the right texture and the right consistency. If it’s missing that, this won’t be a very enjoyable dip and will not be right for dipping chips in.
What if your dip is too thick? That’s another problem that can happen with crock pot spinach and artichoke dip. I would suggest being very careful by adding water to the dip. That can hurt your dip’s flavour. You can also run the risk of making it too runny if you’re not careful.
If it is overly thick, you probably need to add some liquid to it, but you need to be careful about which liquid you add. If you look at the ingredients for the dip, there’s a lot of dairy. So, adding some milk to the dip to thin it out won’t affect the flavour too much.
If you find that your dip isn’t very flavourful, you can add some more salt or pepper to it. It can also help to add additional cheese to bring out the cheesy flavour. If you feel like there’s already a lot of cheese in the dip and you want the cheesy flavour to really stand out, a great way to do that is to add a few squirts of yellow mustard.
Be careful about how much you add, because you don’t want the dip to taste like mustard, but a little bit of mustard can really bring out that cheesy flavour in a way you might not expect.
Now you have a few ideas on how to fix the dip if it doesn’t turn out quite right. I hope you give this a try. It’s an easy dip to make at home, especially in a crockpot, which minimises the mess and makes it a really simple dip that you’re not likely to have much difficulty with.