5 from 4 votes
Artichoke Pesto Dip served in a football shaped ceramic bowl is set in the center of a table decorated with a football field table cloth and surrounded by more football shaped plates fill with Mission Tortilla Strips, soft tacos, football topped fudge, and popcorn.
Artichoke Pesto Dip
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

A super simple dip made using marinated artichokes, bacon, Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese, and cashews served in a football shaped bowl.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: artichoke pesto dip, football dip
Servings: 12
Author: Beth
  • 1 bag MissionĀ® Strips Tortilla Chips
artichoke pesto:
  • 1 pound cooked crispy bacon, crumbled or finely chopped
  • 2 (12 ounce) jars marinated artichokes, drained
  • 1/3 cup roasted and salted cashews
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
OPTIONAL ingredients:
  • 4 ounces whipped cream cheese (for a creamy dip)
  1. Pour 3/4's of the drained artichokes into the bowl of a food processor along with the cashews, Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, lemon juice, and 1/3 cup of the bacon pieces.

  2. Pulse a few times, then with the food processor running, drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil until the mixture becomes finely chopped.

  3. Taste, then season with salt and pepper.
  4. Chop the remaining artichokes into small pieces and stir into the pesto.
  5. Id you want a creamy dip then stir in the whipped cream cheese. 

  6. Pour the pesto into a football shaped ceramic bowl.
  7. Crumble the remaining bacon over top of the dip.
  8. If you want to serve the dip hot, cover it with tin foil and heat it in a 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes until heated through before decorating with sour cream.

  9. Spoon the sour cream into a small zip top bag and snip off the tip then decorate the cold or hot dip.

  10. Pipe laces down the center of the football and stripes on either end.
  11. Serve the dip with Mission Strips Tortilla Chips.