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Copycat Applebee’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This ultra-creamy Copycat Spinach and Artichoke Dip tastes just like the Applebee’s version! It’s easy to make at home in under 30 minutes, just combine the ingredients until melted!

Be sure to try my Longhorn White Cheddar Stuffed Mushroom recipe next!

White bowl overflowing with spinach artichoke dip and corn tortillas on white plate

Um, I may never need to order spinach and artichoke dip at Applebees again! This recipe is solid, it’s hard to believe that it’s just as easy as tossing all of the ingredients together in a giant pot (I prefer my dutch oven), or even the Crock Pot, which is great when you’re entertaining guests and need to keep the dip warm.

Plus, you have so many serving options! From classic tortilla chips, to crusty Artisan bread, pita chips, or even a colorful vegetable platter! Read on for everything you need to know. 😉

Ingredients needed to make spinach and artichoke dip recipe on a white granite countertop

Can You Make This in the Slow Cooker?

Yes, spinach and artichoke dip is a great slow cooker recipe! Simply combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, then add it to the slow cooker. The spinach can be fresh when added.

Cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 3-4.

Is There a Low-Fat Version?

To cut down on fat and calories, use light cream cheese. Instead of Alfredo sauce, use plain Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream.

Step by step images on how to make spinach and artichoke dip

What Kind of Mozzarella Cheese Melts Best?

Definitely shred your own mozzarella instead of using packaged grated mozzarella.

Any and every kind of cheese melts much better when you grate it yourself, and when you’re making a dip like this, you definitely want it to melt well! Low moisture mozzarella is what you’ll want to look for.

Why Does the Cream Cheese Have to Be at Room Temperature?

Cream cheese tends to have a lumpy consistency when you bake it cold or cool.

For the creamiest consistency, you want to let the cream cheese come to room temperature before mixing it with any other ingredients.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip in a Dutch oven on white granite with chips and cheese

Can I Use Homemade Alfredo Sauce?

If you prefer to make your own Alfredo sauce instead of the jarred stuff, this is a fabulous recipe that comes straight from Olive Garden! Two restaurant copycats lumped into one, what could be better!

How Can I Use Leftover Spinach and Artichoke Dip?

Spinach and Artichoke Dip tastes great over flatbread and baked at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes! Naan bread is an easy, ready-to-use flatbread and is found in the bakery or produce section at most grocery stores.

You can also stuff mushrooms with it, use it in omelettes, casseroles, and more! Check out these ideas.

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A hand dipping a tortilla chip into a white bowl of Applebees Spinach and Artichoke Dip.

Copycat Applebee’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip

4.91 from 10 votes
This ultra-creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip tastes just like the Applebee's version! It's easy to make at home in under 30 minutes, just combine the ingredients until melted! This is perfect with tortilla chips, pita chips, crusty Artisan breads, and vegetables!


  • 16 oz. roasted garlic alfredo sauce
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup Romano cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups low-moisture whole milk mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 28 oz. artichoke hearts, drained/rinsed/chopped
  • 16 oz. fresh spinach, steamed (can sub with 10 oz. frozen spinach)
  • ½ cup milk, optional, use if you want the dip to be a little less thick


  • Add the alfredo sauce to a large saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cut the cream cheese into cubes and mix it into the alfredo sauce until well-combined and creamy. Use a fork to whisk any lumps out.*
  • Add the Parmesan, Romano, and Mozzarella cheeses and stir until well-combined.
  • Stir in the artichoke hearts, then add the spinach. Stir until well combined
  • If the dip is thicker than desired, add up to a ½ cup of milk and stir until combined and heated through.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips, fresh bread, and/or vegetables. 
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 



*Room temperature cream cheese ensures a creamy consistency when added to the Alfredo sauce, otherwise small lumps will form that can be very difficult to whisk out.
If using frozen spinach, ensure that it is properly defrosted/drained. 
If making in the Crock Pot: Cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 3-4. You can use fresh spinach without steaming first if desired.
To cut down on fat and calories, use light cream cheese. Instead of Alfredo sauce, use plain Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream


Calories: 370kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 82mg, Sodium: 1000mg, Potassium: 326mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 5585IU, Vitamin C: 29.5mg, Calcium: 322mg, Iron: 2.1mg

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35 comments on “Copycat Applebee’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip”

  1. Are the artichoke hearts brined?  

  2. this is good but it is no comparison to applebees

  3. Really easy and delicious! Made the recipe exactly as written except I halved the recipe. I used fresh spinach (steamed it first), Prego brand garlic Alfredo and for the Parmesan and Romano I used a pre-shaved salad mix of Asiago, parmesan, and Romano. Also added a pinch of salt, pepper, and garlic salt to taste. I haven’t been to Applebee’s in a long time so I cannot compare the flavors. But it’s a very flavorful recipe! Definitely recommend!

  4. I made it just the way you said it was delicious but I think something is missing Applebee’s I think puts cheddar in theirs it’s good I will make it again. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. What kind of Alfredo did you use or did you make it from scratch?

  6. While it definitely didn’t taste like apple bees, it was really good! i just made it for the first time, i used greek yogurt though so maybe that’s it, would DEFINITELY make again!

    • Hey Alexzandria! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! I will say that while Greek yogurt is a great substitute, I would agree that it’s likely the reason it didn’t match the taste of Applebees. Glad to hear that you will be making it again!! Woo!!! 😉

  7. Making this for the 2nd time! I love it! Trying the crock pot method this time. I absolutely 😍 thank you for such good recipes! Anytime I want to make dinner I always scan your site! Ps.. loved the buffalo chicken pasta!!! Hubby was really impressed 😘

    • Hey Jacki! That is SO great to hear about this dip AND the Buffalo Chicken Pasta — WOO!!! I’m glad you give my site a scan for dinnertime, you made my day, thank you for the support! 🙂 Enjoy that DIP!!! -Stephanie

  8. I made this recipe, but I steamed fresh and used provolone (I did not have roma). Everyone loved how it tasted.

  9. Hi! If using frozen spinach, do you just thaw and drain? No need to steam?

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