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This French Onion Dip takes only 15-minutes to mix together and it is so much better than any store bought chip dip!
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This French Onion Dip recipe is the homemade version of the classic, addicting store-bought chip dips… only, it’s better. Believe me, you won’t want to serve your potato chips without it!

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Best French Onion Chip Dip

Making French onion dip at home is a lot easier than you’d think. Plus, it’s cheaper to make a batch at home and it’s even more delicious than the premade store-bought versions! The ingredients list is simple and includes many items you likely already have at home.

This has become one of my go-to hors d’oeuvre recipes when we are having company over. It goes great with everything from chips to veggies. Whether it’s a game day or just a snack before a meal, homemade French onion dip is always a winner.

Why You’ll Love this French Onion Dip Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make
  • Flavorful homemade version of everyone’s favorite chip dip
  • Great when served with a variety of sides from chips to veggies
  • Simple appetizer or snack dish to pass
French Onion Dip in wooden bowl

What is in French Onion Dip?

  • Yellow onion
  • Butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Sugar
  • Salt & pepper
  • Sour cream
  • Mayo
  • Dried parsley
  • Onion powder

French Onion Dip Recipe Tools

  • Saucepan
  • Mixing bowl

Best French Onion Dip Substitutions & Additions

  • SAUTEED ONIONS: This dip has a great onion flavor that is not overpowering, however if you prefer a really strong French Onion dip then you can double the amount of sauteed onions and follow the rest of the recipe as is. Just remember your cooking time may increase due to the extra onions. The same goes if you want a more mild onion flavor, just reduce your onions to a ½ cup.
  • MAYO: I made this dip using standard mayo. Feel free to use your preferred mayo of choice. You could even use homemade mayo if you’d like.
  • SOUR CREAM: I used full fat sour cream. You could use low-fat sour cream instead. Just remember that the flavors and texture may vary if you do choose to substitute this.

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How to Make French Onion Dip

This recipe will come together easily and quickly, in just about 15 minutes. It’s a great option if you need to throw something together at the last minute! Just pair it with a bag of potato chips and you’re good to go.

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  2. Add onions, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and sugar to the pan and saute.
    saute butter, onions, salt, pepper, garlic powder, sugar
  3. Whisk together sour cream, mayo, dried parsley, and onion powder.
    Whisk together sour cream, mayo, dried parsley, and onion powder
  4. Remove onions from stovetop and place on a paper towel lined plate.
    place onion on a paper towel lined plate
  5. Add cooled onions to the sour cream mix. Stir well.
    add onion to the sour cream mixture
  6. Cover and chill in the fridge for 2 hours up to overnight.
    cover with plastic wrap

How to serve Homemade French Onion Dip

What chips go with French onion dip?

Classic potato chips, ruffled chips, vegetable chips, pita chips, and bagel chips are all great choices for pairing with French onion dip.

We also love to serve with fresh vegetables.

Homemade French Onion Dip Storage Tips

How long does french onion dip last?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Be sure to give your dip a stir before serving it again.

Can you freeze french onion dip?

This dip should not be frozen as it does not thaw well. It’s best to make it fresh.

french onion dip with surrounded with chips

French Onion Chip Dip Recipe FAQs

What to serve with French Onion Dip?

Wavy potato chips, plain chips, with a tray of raw veggies for a healthier option. This is also great with crackers, French bread, pita chips, crostinis, pretzels, or tortilla chips. You can even use it as a spread on sandwiches or a topping on baked potatoes. It’s delicious on just about anything!

Can I make this chip dip ahead of time?

You can make this ahead of time and can be stored in a covered dish, in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days. If it has been sitting in the refrigerator too long then give it a stir before serving. Actually, the further in advance, the better the flavors in this dip!

How can I make French Onion dip healthier?

I truly feel that making this French Onion dip at home is already making it a healthier option than buying the processed and premade version at the store. But, if you’re looking to keep the calories low there are a few things you can do. I would recommend using low-fat mayo and sour cream. And enjoy your dip with veggies instead of chips or crackers!

What is the difference between French onion dip and onion dip?

French onion dip is made with caramelized onions for a deeper flavor, while onion dip typically uses a simple mix of sour cream and onion soup mix.

How do you keep French onion dip from getting watery?

To prevent watery dip, drain excess liquid from onions, use full-fat ingredients, and chill the dip properly before serving.

How do you thicken French onion dip?

Thicken the dip by adding cream cheese, reducing liquid ingredients, or allowing it to refrigerate longer to firm up.

french onion dip in a bowl with chip

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French Onion Chip Dip

Serves — 2
This French Onion Dip takes only 15-minutes to mix together and it is so much better than any store bought chip dip!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup (1 small) yellow onion thinly sliced into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • cups sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp onion powder

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, on medium-low heat, melt the butter and add the onions, salt, pepper, garlic powder and sugar. Slowly saute the onions and spices for 15 minutes or until they are very soft and golden brown. Make sure to give them a stir every couple minutes to prevent burning.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the sour cream, mayo, dried parsley and onion powder until smooth and completely combined. Set aside.
  • Once your onions have cooked, remove them from the heat and place them on a paper towel lined plate to cool and absorb any excess butter before adding them to your sourcream mixture.
  • Once your onions have cooled you can add them to your sourcream mixture making sure to stir them in well. Cover your french onion dip bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for a minimum of 2 hours or up to overnight.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Be sure to give your dip a stir before serving it again.
  • To Freeze: This dip should not be frozen as it does not thaw well. It’s best to make it fresh.
Tips:
  • This French Onion Dip is great served with plain chips but can also be served with a tray of raw veggies for a healthier option.
  • This dip has a great onion flavor that is not overpowering, however if you prefer a really strong French Onion dip then you can double the amount of sauteed onions and follow the rest of the recipe as is.  Just remember your cooking time may increase due to the extra onions. The same goes if you want a more mild onion flavor, just reduce your onions to a ½ cup.
  • I made this dip using standard mayo and full fat sour cream. Feel free to use your preferred mayo of choice and a low-fat sour cream. Just remember that the flavors and texture may vary if you do substitute these ingredients.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg

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