Homemade French Onion Dip

LAST UPDATED: Nov 14, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jul 18, 2020 | By:

French Onion Dip is an easy crowd pleasing appetizer you can make in ahead in minutes! Caramelized onions are folded into a creamy dip for amazing flavor in every bite. This dip will make you want to ditch the mix forever.

french onion dip in bowl on platter with ruffle chips

French Onion Dip is one of my favorite appetizers for get togethers and tailgates. It is always a crowd pleaser. In fact, when I was a caterer this was one of our most frequently requested appetizers.

It’s so simple to skip the mix and make homemade French Onion Dip! It’s rich and full of flavor and almost as easy to make! Once you make it from scratch, you can’t go back!

The secret to making this dip out-of-this-world-amazing is caramelized onions. They take the dip over the top! Each bite is packed full of incredible flavor.

In the 50’s it was referred to as California Dip. By the 80’s it seemed like it was almost exclusively made with a soup mix, but I’m here to tell you, it’s worth the little extra effort!

chip dipped into bowl of french onion dip surrounded by crinkle chips

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French Onion Dip Ingredients

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  • Yellow Onions – Yellow onions are full of flavor and when pan fried become slightly sweet. You can mix things up by using red or sweet onions, but yellow are my favorite for this recipe.
  • Vegetable Oil – Makes the onion tender and moist. You can substitute canola oil, olive oil, avocado oil or butter.
  • Butter – Salted butter adds a little flavor to the onions.
  • Cayenne – Cayenne gives this dip a little heat.
  • Black Pepper – Thick flakes of freshly cracked black pepper add a little spice and texture.
  • Cream Cheese – Soften cream cheese for a luxuriously creamy dip.
  • Sour Cream – Sour cream is a classic dip base that adds a slight tanginess and freshness to the dip.
  • Mayonnaise – I prefer to use a full fat olive oil mayonnaise which is really rich in flavor, but you can use a low fat variety if you prefer.

Variations

  • Herbs – Fresh herbs, like chives, green onion or parsley work well with this dip.
  • Lighten in Up – Swap the sour cream for Greek yogurt for a richer and tangier dip that’s lower in calories.
dip bowl surrounded by chips

How To Make Pan Fried Onion Dip

  1. Prep – Slice and halve the onions.
  2. Caramelize Onions – Don’t skip this step! It’s key in making this dip irresistible! Sauté them low and slow to achieve sweet flavor and golden color. Heat the oil and butter in a pan and add the onions, cayenne and pepper. Cook the onions down so that they are nice and soft.
  3. Combine – Mix in the rest of the ingredients and stir until smooth.
close up of french onion dip garnished with chives

See how just how easy this recipe is by watching the video to learn how to make it, step-by-step. Get the full printable recipe card below for all the details!

Serving Suggestions

  • Chips – Kettle chips, classic potato chips, crinkled chips, sweet potato chips, and beet chips
  • Crackers – Water crackers, butter crackers, multi-grain crackers
  • Crostini – Homemade or store bought.
  • Veggies – Cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, snap peas, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, jicama sticks

More Ideas

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Tips

  • Caramelize Low and Slow – The secret to getting the most flavors out of the onions is to cook them slowly on a medium low heat. If you cook them on a high heat, they are more likely to burn, and it also destroys the molecules that release flavor.

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Once you have made the dip, let it cool to room temperature and keep it covered in the fridge. It will last well for 3 to 4 days. I like to serve it at room temperature, so i take it out of the fridge about 20 minutes before serving.
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French Onion Dip

Julie Blanner
This easy and incredible pan fried onion dip recipe is a true crowd pleasing appetizer you can make in advance! Easy to make with simple ingredients, it's perfect to serve with chips and crudités.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 195 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 yellow onions halved and sliced or diced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • cracked pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

Instructions
 

  • In a large pan over medium heat, warm oil and butter.
  • Add onions, cayenne, and pepper. Sauté for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium low, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise until smooth.
  • Fold in caramelized onions until well combined.
  • Allow to marinate refrigerated 2+ hours. Serve at room temperature.

Video

Notes

Substitutions

  • Yellow Onions – Red or white onions and shallots also work well.
  • Vegetable Oil – Substitute canola oil, olive oil, avocado oil or butter.
  • Cream Cheese – Whole fat is preferable, but low fat can be substituted.
  • Sour Cream – Substitute with greek yogurt or low fat sour cream.

Serving Suggestions

  • Chips – Kettle chips, classic potato chips, ruffled chips, sweet potato chips, and beet chips
  • Crackers – Water crackers, butter crackers, multi-grain crackers
  • Veggies – Cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, snap peas, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, jicama sticks

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Once you have made the dip, let it cool to room temperature and keep it covered in the fridge. It will last well for 3 to 4 days. I like to serve it at room temperature, so i take it out of the fridge about 20 minutes before serving.
Based on Ina Garten recipe

Nutrition

Calories:195kcalCarbohydrates:2gProtein:1gFat:21gSaturated Fat:10gCholesterol:29mgSodium:132mgPotassium:53mgFiber:1gSugar:2gVitamin A:342IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:25mgIron:1mg
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