Hot Stove Top Artichoke Spinach Dip & Other Dip Favorites

by on December 28, 2012

I’m clinging on to the last few days of 2012 so that I can indulge in my buffet of cheese dips and margaritas before 2013 hits. Starting next week, I’ll focus on being a good girl and sticking to my new years health “goals”. It’ll probably be a few weeks before I break those goals or at least swerve off to the dark side again.

But with only a few days left, let’s discuss the topic of cheese dips and how wonderful they make us feel. I honestly believe a warm batch of cheese dips made with my favorite parmesan cheese, cream cheese and spinach is chicken soup for the soul.

There’s just something inherently pleasing, warming and soul satisfying in a bowl of cheese dips. So to end the year with a bang, I’ve added another recipe to my collection, a simple stove top artichoke spinach dip recipe to wow your friends.

This is an adaptation of my old stove top spinach dip, which had plenty of onions and water chestnuts. But then I realized that I was making this artichoke version all along and never posted it.

So here it is, my favorite artichoke spinach dip that takes just a few minutes to make, but brings in loads of joy to the party.

I’ve also included my other favorite dip recipes that have been serious crowd pleasers over the last five years.


Hot Chorizo Dip: My younger brother adapted this chorizo dip from one of my recipes and adding the flavorful and salty sausage in it. His version took me by surprise because I didn’t even think of adding chorizo in a dip.

Not only is his version a great recipe, he’s also become popular amongst his own friends for this dip. As you can tell, big sister me is super proud of him. But I often wonder if he ever credits the original recipe to me when he’s with his friends? hmmm….

Hot Crab Dip: This is another one of those dips that took me by surprise because I used to never add crab to a hot dip. I had heard from so many friends how they love a hot crab dip, so that got my mind churning on how I could adapt one of my existing dips to the addition of crab.

A few years ago I started to experiment and came up with this flavorful dip for crab lovers. It has plenty of texture from the onions with a nice balance of crab flavor that comes through in all the cheese.

Stove Stop Spinach Dip: This is my original stove top dip that inspired me to create dip recipes outside the oven. On sweltering hot summer days when we’re having an outdoor party, spinach dip is always on the menu, but I get so exhausted just thinking about turning on the hot oven.

So I took my basic oven baked spinach dip and made it on the stove top. The results were equally fabulous, if not better because I was able to brown the onions and garlic for extra flavor.

Baked Brie & Sun Dried Tomato, Thyme Dip: Back in 2008 we were at a holiday party and a friend brought this incredible baked brie dip. I was already a fan of both brie and sun dried tomatoes, so the first bite was an exciting love affair for me. I was completely smitten with the flavor and texture of this incredible dip.

One of Todd’s old co-workers, Jason, shared the recipe and I immediately shared it on the blog, with the added addition of fresh thyme.  This brie dip has been in my collection of dip recipes over all these years and it’s always a top favorite too.

 Sriracha Beach Dip Recipe: On occasion, I’ve been known to make healthy dips too, ones with no cheese but still, with plenty of flavor and texture. This sriracha bean dip recipe was made on a whim when I was craving some light protein. With a can of white beans in my pantry combined with my love for spicy sriracha hot sauce, i made this super simple dip that has gotten raves from all around.

Add some fresh raw vegetables to dip and what you have is a guilt free party appetizer that even your cheese loving friends (like me!) can still appreciate.

 Mango Salsa Recipe: This is probably the healthiest “dip” in my collection, but some consider this more of a side dish than maybe a dip. Either way, it can be enjoyed with a bag of potato chips or as a side salad.

If it’s a summer gathering or for a picnic, this mango salsa is something I’ll reach for first. The super fresh flavors make this salsa really exciting on salads, seafood or tacos. It’s bright, juicy, sweet and full of flavor. Add a margarita along side and you have a perfect celebration for Cinco de Mayo.

Whew. Now I feel my dip recipe collection is much more complete now that I’ve included the artichoke spinach version. And I do hope you treat yourself to something warm and cheesy before the year ends because I truly believe that we all deserve a heaping spoonful of decadent joy.



Cooking Method for Artichoke Spinach Dip on the Stove Top:

cook onions, garlic, artichoke hearts and spinach

Add milk, cream cheese, mayo and parmesan cheese. Combine till bubbly.

Serve hot immediately or (optional) you can bake in oven at 350 degrees after it’s made to re-warm it for guests. But make sure you use a larger baking vessel and not overload the dip. Like I did. :)

Hot Stove Top Artichoke Spinach Dip Recipe (or baked):

Yield: Serves 4-6

Total Time: 30 min

This artichoke spinach dip recipe is adapted from my older stove stop spinach dip. The other spinach dip has water chestnuts instead of artichoke hearts. You can also try baking this dip recipe in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. If you do decide to bake this dip, eliminate the vegetable oil and only use 1/4 cup of milk. And make sure to soften the cream cheese first to make mixing the ingredients together much easier.

Pre-make: The night before a party, I've also pre-made large batches of this dip and placed them in baking dishes and chilled them in the fridge. When the party day arrives, I'll take out the dip and allow it to come to room temperature, then bake it at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until all the cheese is completely melted and hot.


  • 1 can of artichoke hearts (14 oz), drained and chopped
  • 1 package of chopped frozen spinach (thawed & drained of excess water)
  • 1 - 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of mayo
  • plenty of fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher or sea salt
  • chips or crackers for dipping


  1. In large heated saucepan, add oil. When oil is hot, add the minced garlic and onions. Cook the onions and garlic till they are light brown, but not burnt.
  2. Add chopped artichoke hearts, spinach, salt and black pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes until ingredients are combined well.
  3. In this order: Add milk first, the stir. Then add cream cheese, mayo and parmesan cheese. When cream cheese begins to melt, turn heat to low.
  4. Slowly stir and simmer ingredients till all cheese is completely melted and dip becomes creamy and well combined. Cook for about another 2-3 minutes to blend flavors together.
  5. Serve immediately when it's warm with bread, crackers or tortilla chips.
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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Helene December 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

A favorite of mine also. Thanks for all the dip recipes. Can’t wait for New Year!!!


2 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Mmm what a total delight!


3 Megan | Eats Daily December 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm

YUM! I will never get tired of dips.. these all look so good, maybe I should throw a party where we serve a buffet of different dips!


4 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I love love love dip. I actually could pretty much polish off that bowl of dip for you, no problem. Spinach & artichoke is my absolute fave! And your other creations from sundried tomato and brie to sriracha white bean – I’m in heaven!



5 Herbivore Triathlete December 29, 2012 at 7:46 am

Spinach and artichoke dip is my all time favorite! I am intrigued by the bean and sriracha dip, that looks very promising.


6 Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas December 29, 2012 at 8:01 am

OH MAN do I love dips. The chorizo idea is brilliant. I love chorizo, but I have never thought to add it either. Brilliant!


7 LiztheChef December 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

Your hot crab dip has stolen my heart for New Year’s Eve …


8 Veronica of Muy Bueno December 29, 2012 at 8:58 am

I love these heartwarming dips…they always scream, “EAT ME, NOW!” and so we all beckon with eyes wide shut. Thank you for another deliciously naughty post…Happy New Year and I too look to 2013 we a healthier move forward…okay, maybe working out more would ease my guilt some. Besos amigos!


9 Corinna December 29, 2012 at 10:10 am

Perfect timing! We are going to make several of these dips this weekend. Thanks!


10 Christi Nielsen December 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

When I lived in Annapolis, MD, I used to walk down the street to Riordan’s. They had the best crap dip I’ve ever had in my life. I’m trying yours with the hopes that it takes me back there! ;-)

I think I’ll make the spinach dip and the crab dip today. With a big fat bag of chips on the side.


11 Yasmin December 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

This dip (along with the others) looks delicious! Do you think you can add more cream cheese (or, perhaps, sour cream) as a substitute for the mayo?


12 Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking December 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I was reading the list of dips aloud to my husband and we both seriously said Yum to every single one of them!


13 Abbe@This is How I Cook December 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Oh Man! What a classic! Only I need potato chips-please! Great ideas and certainly good fattening ideas to start the new year with a bang! I wonder how long I have to get rid of all my leftovers before the diet begins…


14 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet December 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

OMG, this looks so incredibly creamy and delicious! I love the stove top version!


15 Emily December 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I’m so coming to your home for dinner.


16 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious December 30, 2012 at 7:19 am

Dips for me are super addictive, and throw in some chips and its all over! Great round up, I love the sound of the Sriracha!


17 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence December 30, 2012 at 8:13 am

Love hot cheese dips :) Especially that chorizo one. They are quite naughty though, so I try to limit consumption to once a quarter.


18 Shut Up & Cook | The Attainable Gourmet December 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm

What an awesome collection of utter deliciousness. Sign me up! If you’ve come over to the dark side with the crab dip, I have to recommend this one to you. I had it at a local pizza joint and obsessed over it to no end until recreating it. Loved discovering your blog this year. Here’s to a great 2013!

Dungeness Crab Dip with Grilled Braided Bread Sticks –


19 Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up December 30, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Spinich dip is one of those that can please a crowd! This looks ready to eat. Thanks for all the fabulous recipes.


20 Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen January 2, 2013 at 12:16 pm

What a plethora of dip recipes! And they’re all looking scrumptious…

I can’t wait to see what you’ll have for us in the new year!


21 Nikko December 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm

We made this tonight for friends and it was a big hit. Very easy…


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