Bacon Garlic Spinach Dip has tons of smoky bacon and spicy garlic mixed with a creamy homemade spinach dip that rivals the classics.
When I was a teen and young adult, I remember attending summer barbecues and parties at my sister’s house. There were always lots of family and friends, lots of kids, and lots of amazingly delicious food. The food is probably what I remember the most. My brother-in-law always made his famous guacamole, and my sister always had the class Knorr Spinach Dip on hand. It was my absolute favorite thing to munch on at those parties, and it was usually the first thing to disappear, and those two facts may or may not be related. No judging.
Our lives went different directions but I still think of those parties and I still dream about that silly spinach dip. I say silly because it’s such a simple, classic recipe…I mean, it’s right there on the back of the packet of Knorr Vegetable Soup mix! Of course prepackaged mixes like that one contain added fillers and starches and thickeners, so it may not be the best thing to be eating. For a long time I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making my own spinach dip recipe so I finally whipped one up; and if I do say so myself, it’s even better than the original!
How to Make Spinach Dip with Bacon and Garlic
To make this Bacon Garlic Spinach Dip, you’ll need some already cooked and crumbled bacon, and lot of fresh garlic. I tend to use jarred minced garlic quite a bit in my cooking because it’s easier, but for this recipe you want to mince it fresh to get that strong garlic flavor.
I don’t use fresh spinach because the frozen and thawed variety just tends to mix in better. But feel free to use fresh and cook it down a bit yourself. Either way you want to make sure to squeeze as much liquid out of the spinach as possible.
My homemade spinach dip is a combination of cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise. Make it lighter by using light cream cheese and Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream and mayo. The spices and seasonings I used make this dip super flavorful, and the garlic and green onions pack a nice zesty bite.
If you’re looking to make just a basic spinach dip recipe, you can certainly leave out the bacon and garlic. I highly recommend that you give it a try though – it’s amazing!
Here are some more delicious dips to try:
Bacon Garlic Spinach Dip
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 ½ cups sour cream or Plain Greek Yogurt
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
- 1 10- ounce package frozen spinach thawed
- 6 slices cooked bacon finely chopped (some reserved for garnish)
- 1 8- ounce can water chestnuts drained and chopped
- 1 bunch green onions thinly sliced (some scallions reserved for garnish)
- Crackers or bread for dipping
- In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and Worcestershire until well combined.
- Squeeze as much liquid as possible out of the thawed spinach (paper towels are helpful for this), and roughly chop.
- To the mayo mixture, fold in spinach, bacon, water chestnuts and green onions. Pour into a serving dish or pie plate.
- Garnish with thinly sliced scallions and bacon crumbles. Serve with cubed pieces of bread, crackers or chips for dipping.