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Homemade French Onion Dip

This French Onion Dip is the original party appetizer. It’s creamy and made with sweet caramelized onions, sour cream, and fresh herbs. Sour cream and onion dip and a big bowl of Krinkle Cut Kettle Chips. 👋 Hello, heavenly party dip.

Home made french onion dip served with way lays

Lipton’s French Onion Soup Mix Dip was THE go-to party appetizer at every party I went to growing up. I don’t know anyone who isn’t in love with the flavor of this iconic onion dip.

This homemade version of this classic appetizer recipe is even more delicious than the packet that you mix with sour cream. There’s even an option to add in extra diced shallot and chives which takes this creamy onion dip to the next level!

What You’ll Love About This Recipe

  • Classic flavor. This dip has the classic flavor of French onion dip but is made without a packet.
  • No one can eat just one. Every time I bring this dip to a party, it’s gone lightning fast. Everyone devours it.
  • The most popular party appetizer on the table. Seriously everyone loves this yummy party dip.
creamy homemade onion dip on a chip close up

Recipe Notes

Making French Onion Dip from scratch is so much better than store-bought because the ingredients are so fresh. The flavor is unmatched!

Onion Dip Ingredients

ingredients that go into french onion dip
  • Onions. Any white or yellow onion works for this onion dip recipe. Yellow onions and sweet onions will give the dip a sweeter flavor.
  • Unsalted butter. You will be caramelizing the onion in a little bit of butter.
  • Sour Cream & Cream Cheese. Daisy sour cream is usually my go-to brand. The cream cheese I’m less picky about.
  • Seasonings. Fresh parsley, onion powder, and salt and pepper.
  • Worcestershire sauce. Adds a little umami.

Making Caramelized Onion Dip

step by step instruction for french onion dip
  1. Caramelize the onions. Slice the onions in half and then in quarters. Slice them thin (I recommend a food processor for this) then add the onions to a heavy skillet with the butter. Cook the onions on medium heat until they are golden brown.
  2. Add the sour cream and the cream cheese. Make sure the cream cheese is at room temp. I usually let the onions cool for a half-hour or so before I add in the sour cream and cream cheese. I mix everything together in the skillet.
  3. Season. Add the dried onion and the finely chopped parsley and the Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Mix. Mix together until everything is well blended.
  5. Serve. Serve with crinkle-cut kettle chips or your favorite kind of potato chips.

Recipe Variations

This dip is a staple in our house and I’ve sometimes tweaked the recipe a bit.

  1. Variation 1: Add in one diced shallot and 1/4 cup of fresh chopped chives. The addition of then uncooked shallot and fresh chives gives you a contrast of the caramelized onion flavor and fresh onion flavor.
  2. Make it spicy: Add in 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper and/or a little sriracha.
  3. Make it with mayo. You can substitute 1 cup of mayo for the cream cheese. Sour cream is necessary but is you don’t have cream cheese on hand mayonnaise is a good substitute.
dipping a chip into sour cream and onion dip

Storing

In the extremely rare case that you have any leftovers, this homemade onion dip will keep in the fridge for at least a week.

Store it in an airtight container. Sometimes you might find a little bit of liquid on top. This is normal. Just stir and dip.

More Dip Recipes That You’ll Love

I have a dip recipe for every occasion. Here are a few of my favorites. Kimchi Dip is a Hawaiian Classic that’s creamy and spicy.

Buffalo Chicken Dip is another favorite recipe here at Foodology Geek. And of course, you should check out all the Salsa Recipes and the BEST Guacamole.

FAQs and Expert Tips

Can you freeze french onion dip?

I don’t recommend freezing an appetizer dip that’s made with sour cream. While technically it’s safe to freeze onion dip, it’ll never be the same.

When it thaws the sour cream separates and you end up with something that is nowhere near as delicious as when you first made it.

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french onion dip from scratch in a bowl served with chips

French Onion Dip Recipe

Laura Reigel
This French Onion Dip is the best onion dip. It's creamy and made with caramelized onions and sour cream. You are going to want to make this onion dip recipe for your next party. Let me show you how to make french onion dip from scratch.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 157 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 whole onions, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • ½ lb cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, minced
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Caramelize the onions. Slice the onions in half and then in quarters. Slice them thin and add the onions to a heavy skillet with the butter. Cook them on medium heat until they are golden brown.
  • Add the sour cream and the cream cheese. Make sure the cream cheese is at room temp. I usually let the onions cool for a half-hour or so before I add in the sour cream and cream cheese. I mix everything together. in the skillet.
  • Season. Add the dried onion, the finely chopped parsley, and the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Mix. Mix together until everything is well blended.
  • Serve. Serve with crinkle cut kettle chips or your favorite kind of potato chips.

Video

Laura’s Tips + Notes

Ingredient Notes
  • Onions. Any white or yellow onion works for this onion dip recipe. Yellow onions and sweet onions will give the dip a sweeter flavor.
  • Unsalted butter. You will be caramelizing the onion in a little bit of butter.
  • Sour Cream & Cream Cheese. Daisy sour cream is usually my go-to brand. The cream cheese I’m less picky about.
  • Seasonings. Fresh parsley, onion powder, and salt and pepper.
  • Worcestershire sauce. Adds a little umami.
Recipe Variations
  1. Variation 1: Add in one diced shallot and 1/4 cup of fresh chopped chives. The addition of then uncooked shallot and fresh chives gives you a contrast of the caramelized onion flavor and fresh onion flavor. Super yummy. 
  2. Make it spicy: Add in 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper and/or a little sriracha.
  3. Make it with mayo. You can substitute 1 cup of mayo for the cream cheese. Sour cream is necessary but if you don’t have cream cheese on hand, mayonnaise is a good substitute.

YOUR OWN NOTES

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 284mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg
Keyword appetizer dip, appetizers, onion dip, party appetizer
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is truly amazing! It’s so easy to make and everyone always raves about it. It’s hard for me not to eat the whole bowl myself ๐Ÿ™‚

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