Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip

Cheesy Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip — This baked spinach artichoke dip disappears at parties and is a crowd favorite! It’s topped with mozzarella, because who doesn’t love cheesy dips?

Cheesy Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip — This baked spinach artichoke dip disappears at parties and is a crowd favorite! It's topped with mozzarella, because who doesn't love cheesy dips?

Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

I could make a meal out of dip. And baked spinach artichoke dip is my absolute favorite dip.

The old expression about liking a little bit of coffee with my cream rings true with this hot spinach artichoke dip. I like a few bites of chips or crackers with the dip but really, they’re not necessary. Just give me a spoon.

I pile the baked spinach artichoke dip on so thick and sky high that I break chips. Oh well, who needs them?

It’s a super easy dip to make and loosely adapted from my Creamy Baked Double Cheese and Sweet Onion Dip. Stir all the ingredients together in one bowl, transfer to a baking dish, and bake until it’s golden brown and bubbly. Or in my case, a little past golden brown in some places because I was multitasking. It happens.

You don’t have to top the dip with mozzarella if you’re a spinach and artichoke purist, but I think everything is better with a little mozzarella on top.

It’s creamy, cheesy, gooey, and everything I want in a baked spinach and artichoke dip. While the dip is amazing fresh and warm from the oven, leftovers can be kept for up to 1 week in the fridge and you can either gently reheat them in the micro, or serve as a cold dip.

Hot or cold, I love this dip.

Cheesy Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip — This baked spinach artichoke dip disappears at parties and is a crowd favorite! It's topped with mozzarella, because who doesn't love cheesy dips?

What’s in Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip? 

For this hot spinach artichoke dip, I used frozen artichoke hearts that come in a 12-ounce bag from Trader Joe’s. I used half the bag, about 1 1/2 cups. Let them thaw, roughly chop them, and you’re ready. I make sure not to over-mince because I like the chunkier texture.

If you don’t have a TJ’s, check your grocer’s freezer case for frozen artichoke hearts because they’re so versatile. I eat steamed artichokes almost every day as a salad add-in. So good and so much healthier than oil-packed artichokes that are lead balloons with fat, calories, and sodium. However, if you want to use oil-packed artichokes here, go for it. Use the whole jar, oil and all. The dip will be extra luxurious.

I used frozen spinach. Recipes like this are made for frozen spinach. I wouldn’t even attempt to mince fresh.

You can use lite cream cheese and mayo to save some calories and fat so that you can eat more dip, of course.

There’s a bit of cayenne pepper in the dip and it doesn’t make it hot or spicy. It makes it not bland. Between 2 cups mayo, 8 ounces cream cheese, and 3 cups mozzarella cheese, it needs something to give it some shazzam. I didn’t add any salt because the aforementioned ingredients are all plenty salty.

Cheesy Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip — This baked spinach artichoke dip disappears at parties and is a crowd favorite! It's topped with mozzarella, because who doesn't love cheesy dips?

How to Make Spinach Artichoke Dip

To make this easy spinach artichoke dip, you’ll first need to stir together the cream cheese and mayonnaise. Then, stir in 1 cup of shredded mozzarella, followed by the remaining ingredients. 

Turn the dip into a greased 9-inch pie plate, then sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. 

Bake the spinach and artichoke dip until the top is golden browned, bubbly, and it’s done to your liking.

Cheesy Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip — This baked spinach artichoke dip disappears at parties and is a crowd favorite! It's topped with mozzarella, because who doesn't love cheesy dips?

Can I Use Lite Mayonnaise? 

Yes, lite mayo or Miracle Whip may be used in place of full-fat mayonnaise. 

Can I Use Another Type of Cheese? 

If you don’t have shredded mozzarella on hand, you’re welcome to use fontina or another kind of cheese that melts well. 

Cheesy Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip — This baked spinach artichoke dip disappears at parties and is a crowd favorite! It's topped with mozzarella, because who doesn't love cheesy dips?

What to Serve with Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip

Pretty much any salty, crunchy chip or cracker pairs perfectly with this hot spinach artichoke dip. A few of my favorite things to dip into this easy spinach artichoke dip are: 

  • Tortilla chips
  • Crackers
  • Pretzel thins
  • Pita chips
  • Toasted baguette slices
  • Celery sticks 

Cheesy Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip — This baked spinach artichoke dip disappears at parties and is a crowd favorite! It's topped with mozzarella, because who doesn't love cheesy dips?

Tips for Making the Best Spinach Artichoke Dip

The softer your cream cheese is, the easier it’ll be to mix with the mayo. Set the cream cheese out onto the counter an hour before you plan on assembling this baked spinach artichoke dip so it’s nice and soft by the time you actually mix the ingredients together. 

If desired, I bet you could prep this hot spinach artichoke dip in a slow cooker. You’d likely want to set the slow cooker to low and cook the dip just until the cheese is melted and gooey, then set it to warm to keep the dip soft. That’s just my best guess though! 

Extra baked spinach artichoke dip will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and can be reheated gently in the micro or used as a cold dip.

Cheesy Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip — This baked spinach artichoke dip disappears at parties and is a crowd favorite! It's topped with mozzarella, because who doesn't love cheesy dips?

Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip

Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip

This baked spinach artichoke dip disappears at parties and is a crowd favorite! It's topped with mozzarella, because who doesn't love cheesy dips?

Yield: 8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, very well softened (lite okay)
  • 2 cups mayonnaise (lite okay)
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided (or fontina or a favorite easy-melting cheese)
  • 1 1/2 cups artichokes, roughly chopped (I used 6 ounces frozen artichoke hearts from TJs, chopped; oil-packed artichokes in a jar may be substituted)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish (or 1o-inch, or similar-sized oven-safe baking dish) with cooking spray; set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, mayo, and stir to combine. The softer the cream cheese is, the easier this is.
    3. Add 1 cup cheese (reserving remainder to be sprinkled on top), and all the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine.
    4. Turn mixture out into prepared dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
    5. Evenly sprinkle reserved 2 cups cheese over the top.
    6. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until top is golden browned, bubbly, and dip is done to your liking. Allow dip to cool momentarily before serving.

Notes

  • Dip is excellent warm and fresh, but extra will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and can be reheated gently in the micro or used as a cold dip.
  • Read product labels to ensure all products are gluten-free if that’s a consideration for you.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 601Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 39gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 728mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g

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Loaded Baked Tater Tot Dip — Favorite baked potato fixings baked together in a dip!

Spicy Chorizo Queso – No processed cheese in this EASY cheese dip that’s ready in 20 minutes!! Wonderfully spicy thanks to the chorizo! Great appetizer for holiday entertaining, parties, and game days!!

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70 comments on “Baked Spinach, Artichoke, and Mozzarella Dip”

  1. How fabulous! I am such a sucker for dips like this! Off to pin :)

  2. omg that cheesy layer on top-killlliing me! I looove spinach artichoke dip and this looks like….SOOOO goooood!

  3. Ooh yum! This looks awesome! You’re photography is beautiful too!

  4. this looks so decadent – all that cheesy goodness!

  5. Yes, who needs the chips when you’ve got this dip! Is it weird that I would like to eat it for lunch right now? Even though I’ve already eaten lunch? :) It looks seriously delicious!

  6. Oh I can definitely make a meal out of dip too! Especially when it looks as amazing as this one does! That cheesy top is calling my name!

  7. One of my most favorite things on this planet is the golden melted cheese. I love this dip and have made it many times for parties. I would love to get my fingers messy and dig in right now. Yum

  8. I DO make a meal out of dip. One night, my girlfriend came over and we had a meal of guac, roasted red pepper hummus, and all the fixings to go along with it. Warm spinach artichoke dip is one of my all time favorites though. Look how cheesy this is! You got me hooked on those artichokes, Averie. I bought a pack of them whenever you suggested I buy them a month or so ago. I’m forever grateful. So damn good! Beautiful pics. I always have trouble shooting cheesy foods (mine always look orange!) – shooting one today! You make it look easy.

    • I’m so glad you tried the artichokes! Love those things. Always have at least 2 bags in the freezer at all times! And I love your story…”one night, my…” For me, that’s not one night. That was half the nights in my 20s :) Along with plenty to wash all that dip/chips down with, of course :)

      Oh this shoot was not my fave, trust me. The day I shot it, it was SO BRIGHT out. Like a 100 ISO was still too much. It was glare city on the cheese and tons of focusing issues but I got a few keepers. Thank you for saying you like the images! xo

  9. Who needs pizza when you can burnt cheese with a spinach dip. I can see this with pita bread points. Delish.

  10. Can I have this for breakfast?
    I just had almond butter on toast…borrrrring!

  11. I love Trader Joe’s frozen artichokes – and this classic dip! That crusty top looks dangerously good Averie.

  12. Spinach artichoke is one of my favorite dips in the worlddddd. Cannot wait to try your recipe. :)

  13. The overcooked cheese is the best part! :) Going to look for the frozen artichoke hearts next time I’m at TJ’s.

  14. Wow , your right you could totally make a meal out of this dip. Dinner is served!

  15. YUM! I would fight everyone for those brown crusty corners!

  16. Extra browned cheese at the edges is preferable for us (my sweet pot-egg-mozz skillet had that going on!! Kroger started carrying frozen artichokes a few years ago (I tried canned chokes in water once but they seemed too mushy to me). I could make a meal out of this too….and I could also see myself eating the top then putting more cheese on and sticking it back in the oven!

  17. Dips are totally acceptable as a meal!
    I mean, all that cheese has protein and you have vegetables with spinach and artichokes! Add a few potato chips – VOILA! Carbs ;)
    Drooling over this dip!

  18. Mmm I love the extra browned pieces of cheese on top – my family would be fighting over those! This dip looks so good, and you’re right – who needs a meal when you have dip?!

  19. I’m like that with salsa! I load up my chips so high that there must be at least half of a tomato on every one. I actually haven’t had a baked dip before, but after your gorgeous photos (and all that cheese), that might have to change soon!

    • Baked dips are the best! You just stir stuff together, put it in a pan, and bake. Pretty much impossible to screw up unless you forget about it in the oven while you’re pinning stuff…like me. LOL

      • Pinterest is SO addictive! I “waste” so much time on there… And I just discovered your “You Gotta Make This Board;” I could get lost for hours in all of those gorgeous photos and recipes!

  20. I love this creamy/cheesy dip! I can’t resist cheese and this dip is like loaded! YUMMM

  21. I could make a meal out of dip. <– I have and I still do. And I am not ashamed.

    I haven't made my cauli-version of this dip in way too long. That needs to happen. I have everything I need to do so. If it wasn't midnight, I'd be all over it.

    • Oh you have a cauli version? Sorry my memory is not serving me on even recalling that! But it sounds so good and I can see what the swaps would be but knowing you dont do any dairy, what do you do for the cheese and mayo to get that texture? Need to figure that out!

  22. It’s totally less calories without the chips anyway. :)

    And yes, artichokes are another thing I won’t eat alone. BUT I love them in dip like this. AMAZING.

  23. Yes, a little chip with my dip is exactly the way I like it, too! Artichoke dip is one of my favourite appetizers when out at a restaurant because served piping hot, it’s wonderful. Cold too, but melty cheese….mmmmm. :)

  24. Burnt cheese is my absolute favorite! And this thick layer of cheese is freaking calling my name the trouble is I would peel off the whole layer of mozzarella and eat it all at once. I have NO self control when it comes to cheese- my sister and I bought 5 different kinds on wednesday and by friday we had to go out and buy more!! Issues. I always get the artichokes in the glass jars but they are so oily sometimes, I am totally going to TJs and getting the frozen ones then I can make this dip and make a steamed artichoke salad the next day after my cheese coma ;)

    • I’m so glad you’re down with the burnt cheese! There is SO much flavor in it. It’s like…pure comfort food, at it’s finest :) Peeling off that layer, I admit, I wanted to do it so badly but was serving this at a party and couldn’t, otherwise I would have! And girl the TJ’s frozen artichoke hearts, another blogger like 5 yrs ago turned me onto them, and they’ve been a staple for me ever since! There’s like no calories in them (like 25 per serving and there’s only 2 or 3 servings in the entire bag? compared to oil packed ones which are pretty much as bad as eating peanut butter by the spoonful, and I’d prefer that LOL). If you do try this, LMK!

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