This crowd-pleasing, easy crockpot spinach artichoke dip is super rich, creamy, cheesy, and practically effortless to throw together in a slow cooker. It's perfect for entertaining at potlucks and parties, game days, and the holidays!
Rinse the spinach, mince the garlic, and grate the cheese. Optionally, chop the artichoke into smaller pieces.I sometimes leave the artichoke chunky and sometimes shred/chop it, so alter it according to your texture preference.
Transfer all the ingredients (except salt and pepper) to the crock pot and cover it with a lid. Cook over LOW for 2-3 hours or HIGH for 1 hour (the cheese needs to be completely melted).Cooking time can vary between crock pots, so check on it to avoid overcooking.
When ready, stir the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy the spinach and artichokes dip warm or chilled!
Make it ahead OR store any cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days OR freeze it for 2-3 months. Reheat the dip on the stovetop (over medium-low heat), in the microwave (in 30-second increments stirring between), or in the oven (15-20 minutes from thawed or 30-40 minutes from frozen at 350ºF/175ºC). You could also transfer it back to a slow cooker to reheat and keep warm while serving.
Adjust the texture: Leave the artichoke chunky or chop it to your desired size.
Season to taste: Different ingredients will affect the natural "saltiness" of the dip, so season it to taste at the end.
Be careful not to overcook: Otherwise, the fats in the cheese will separate and make the hot spinach artichoke dip oily.
To keep it warm: Use the crockpot "warm" function during a gathering/event.
Optional add-ins and variations:
Protein: Stir in 1-2 cups of cooked protein at the end. This could be shrimp, crabmeat (fresh or canned crab), shredded chicken, crispy bacon, steak, etc.
Vegetables: There are several veggies you could add for color, texture, and flavor:
Bell pepper (pre-sauté until tender),
Mushrooms (brown, cremini, button - pre-sauté to remove liquid),