This is the best sour cream dip that is delicious, mild in flavor and always a crowd pleaser. It’s the ultimate sour cream dip recipe for game day, summer get togethers and beyond!

This sour cream dip makes a great vegetable dip, and it’s perfect for chips, veggies and more.

Skip the mix and make this incredible sour cream dip! It’s quick and easy and requires just three simple ingredients.

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This easy recipe makes a delicious sour cream chip dip or vegetable dip. However you enjoy it, it’s sure to become a staple at your gatherings!

With just one bite you’ll ditch store bought dips forever. It requires very minimal effort and is so much better fresh!

This sour cream dip features flavorful, fragrant sautéed onions, blended into creamy sour cream with a hint of salt. This onion dip is mild in comparison to Pan Fried Onion Dip, which makes it a crowd pleaser.

Sour cream makes a great base for dips because it’s smooth and creamy with a slight tangy flavor that everyone craves.

A white bowl full of sour cream dip, topped with chopped green onions.

Sour Cream Dip

This dip lends itself to every occasion. Baby showers, Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July, game day and everything in between!

Why You’ll Love It

  • Wholesome – Enjoying this dip with vegetables also makes it keto friendly!
  • Easy – Just three ingredients and a little salt and pepper.
  • Crowd Pleaser – This is a flexible, simple dip that stores well and is great for parties.

The flavor profile plays well with almost everything. Because you can make it in advance and it’s easy to transport, it’s a great recipe to make and take to potlucks, too!

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Ingredients and Substitutions

See printable recipe card for complete ingredients and instructions.

  • Sour Cream – Sour cream creates the ultimate base for this dip. To lighten it up, substitute sour cream with low fat sour cream or Greek yogurt.
  • Oil – A neutral oil like canola or grape seed is preferred, but you can also use olive oil or vegetable oil.
  • Onion – White onion is preferred, but yellow onion also works well. Learn how to cut an onion here!
  • Salt – A hint of salt brings out the flavors in this sour cream dip.
  • Chives – Optional garnish that adds a hint of flavor and beautiful color.
Chopped onions on a white cutting board.

Variations

  • Garnish with green onions or any fresh herbs for a pop of vibrant color.
  • Season – Add a teaspoon of your favorite seasoning for even more flavor – try it with Fiesta Ranch Seasoning, for example.
  • You can spice it up by adding pepper or red pepper.
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How to Make

  1. Sauté Onions – In a skillet, warm oil on medium-high. Add onion and salt and sauté until translucent and tender. mincedd onion in a skillet with a wood spoon
  2. Combine – In a large bowl, combine onion and sour cream.
  3. Chill – Refrigerate and allow to marinate before serving.
  4. Serve – Garnish with green onion or chives and serve with chips, veggies and more!A white bowl full of sour cream dip, topped with chopped green onions.

Tips

  • Allow it to marinate for up to 24 hours for the best flavor, but it can be served immediately.
  • This dip is so easy to customize! Get creative with my favorite spices and seasoning blends to add your own layer of flavor.
  • There are so many fun variations for this dip! Add chopped roasted red peppers, sliced jalapenos, chopped bacon or even a little spinach.
  • If you want to really take it up a notch, you can display it in a hollowed out bread bowl, hollowed cabbage, pepper or squash. The options are endless!
sour cream dip in a bowl surrounded by chips on a platter

Frequently Asked Questions

Is sour cream healthy?

Sour cream is generally considered to be a wholesome addition to most diets. However, it’s best that all dairy products are consumed in moderation.

Does freezing sour cream ruin it?

As noted in the storage section of this post below, it’s not recommended to freeze sour cream. While it doesn’t go bad, freezing (and de-thawing) does change the texture.

A white bowl full of sour cream dip, topped with chopped green onions.

Serving Suggestions

This can be enjoyed as a sour cream chip dip or as a crowd pleasing vegetable dip. The choice is yours! Try serving with any of the following options:

  • classic potato chips or corn chips
  • carrots or sliced cucumbers
  • broccoli or cauliflower
  • sliced bell peppers
A hand dipping a Parmesan roasted potato into a white bowl of sour cream dip

Leftover Idea

This is our favorite dip to serve with these Crispy Parmesan Roasted Potatoes.

sour cream dip in a bowl surrounded by chips on a platter

How to Store

  • Room Temperature – Never leave sour cream at room temperature more than two hours.
  • Refrigerator – This dip keeps well refrigerated for up to five days, stored covered in an airtight container.
  • Freezer – Don’t store sour cream in the freezer, as it changes the consistency.

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Sour Cream Dip

This is the best sour cream dip that is delicious, mild in flavor and always a crowd pleaser. It's the ultimate sour cream dip recipe for game day, summer get togethers and beyond!
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 12 minutes
Servings: 12
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Ingredients  

  • cup canola oil
  • 1 white onion minced
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chives or green onions, chopped

Instructions 

  • In a skillet over medium-high, add oil and allow to warm.
  • Add chopped onion and salt. Sauté, stirring frequently for 10 minutes, until translucent and tender.
  • In a large bowl, add sour cream and fold in onion.
  • Refrigerate covered 24 hours before serving.
  • Garnish with fresh chives or green onion.

Julie’s Tips

Notes

  • Customize with your favorite seasoning or spice.
  • Add chopped roasted red peppers, sliced jalapeños, chopped bacon or even spinach.
  • Display it in a hollowed out bread bowl, hollowed cabbage, pepper or squash. 
Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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  1. Sounds really good. I am wondering if you have you ever added softened cream cheese to the sour cream? Just wondering because it sounds good in my head, but I don’t want to waste the ingredients if it doesn’t taste good. hahaha.