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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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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. 

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Notes

*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

Nutrition

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. If you cook it in the oven how long do you cook it!???

    • If it’s warm, I would bake it in a 350 oven for 15 minutes uncovered. If cold, I would cover and bake for 25 minutes, remove the cover, and bake for 10 more.

  2. I tried your recipe and brought some to work with me today. I thought I would have some left to bring home with me. Nope, it was all gone before lunchtime. Everyone absolutely loved it.  Said it was as better then Applebee’s.  Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!  

    P.S. Some of the ladies asked for your recipe.  I happy shared it with them. 

    • Hey Monica! I am SO happy that you enjoyed this and thank you so so much for your support in sharing the recipe and leaving such a wonderful review! I really appreciate that! ❤️❤️ -Stephanie

  3. This is amazing receipe my family loved it!

    What is the serving size?

    • Hey Nicole! I’m so happy that your family enjoyed this! This recipe makes enough for 10 servings, I didn’t measure each one out however, sorry about that! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a rating, I really appreciate that!

  4. I wasn’t sure about using the Alfredo sauce but I wanted to try this because it looked so easy and I LOVE this dip. I was so so happy I tried this. It’s really good and warms up great.  I’ll use this recipe from now on. Love it! 5 stars to Stephanie 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

  5. Do you have to cook the spinach before adding to the dip 

  6. Can the leftovers be put in the freezer?

    • Hi Toni! You can, but due to the dairy components in the dip, the consistency won’t be quite the same when you reheat it. If you do choose to freeze it, I recommend thawing it overnight in the fridge or in the microwave and then heating it over a homemade double boiler, I find that dairy reheats best this way. This article has more detailed information about freezing this kind of dip too.

  7. Can I freeze this dip?

    • Hi Ashley! You can freeze this dip, it does separate a little bit when reheated, the consistency isn’t quite the same, but you can do it!

  8. Planning on making this for a work potluck and was curious of how much this makes. Not sure if I’ll need to double the ingredients Thanks in advance 😊

  9. Thank you so much for this great recipe! It is so simple to make and is one of the best appetizers I have ever made. Cannot wait to make it again.

  10. I can’t believe how easy this was to throw together, I needed to bring something for a Halloween party at work and this saved me!! I made it the night before and heated it up in the Crock Pot at work, there was none left! Thank you for a great recipe. It’s a keeper.

    • Hi Rachel! I’m so glad that it worked out and that you were able to do all of the work the night before, that’s a win/win! Thank you for taking the time to rate and comment! 🙂

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