Homemade French Onion Dip - Step by Step instructions

Homemade French Onion Dip Recipe




Is it a party if there isn’t onion dip?  No.  I don’t think so either.  Many of us grew up with onion dip.  The kind that is made from the package. I’m not saying that it isn’t good – but I thought it might be time to up the onion dip game a little bit, and I’ve developed a wonderful recipe for homemade French Onion Dip that I’ll be making over and over again! 

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Homemade French Onion Dip is such an incredible treat.  It’s a little sweet, it’s definately savory, and it’s something that you’ll want to share with your friends and family.  It’s perfect with potato chips, cut up veggies, even spread on a grilled chicken breast. 

French Onion Dip Recipe – Homemade

I’ll admit – when I first thought about making my own French Onion Dip I thought it might be a little intimidating.  And why would I bother to make a dip that could be easily made from opening a package? Because it’s so much better.  

  • It’s made with real ingredients (no preservatives).
  • The dip tastes so much better than the powdered stuff.
  • It’s a great crowd pleaser.
  • It shows a bit more effort (and yes, it takes more effort).
  • Try something new! Don’t get stuck!

So you don’t eat chips? What are some foods besides chips that you can make with homemade French Onion Dip?

Honestly this list is endless. In addition to chips – try a little spoonful of this delicious dip on one of these suggestions:

  • Cut up veggies
  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Bruschetta 
  • On a chicken sandwich
  • On top of thinly sliced roast beef
  • Stirred into beef tips with noodles
  • Sitting on top of a baked potato
  • Kick a burger up a notch with some spread on top
  • Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast with this stirred in would be amazing!

I could probably come up with about 15-20 more, but I’m getting hungry.  So I’ll stop.  

So how do you make this magical homemade French onion dip? 

The first thing you’ll need to do is slice your onions.  Now, I’m certainly not suggesting that you need to have gone to culinary school to get perfect slices – but you do need to be careful and do this correctly. Be careful with the knife! I’ve linked to some really great knife skill tips here. Peel the onions and thinly slice them.  Very thinly.  We aren’t looking for huge chunks of onion here.  Next, cut those slices in thirds.  I didn’t do this step the first time I made my carmalized onion dip, and it was just a little bit awkward with long, stringy onions hanging off the side of my chip.  It wasn’t pretty, but I digress.  Cutting your thinly sliced onions into thirds takes care of that awkward onion hanging situation.

How to make an easy, homemade French Onion Dip - Step by step

 Next – add them to your pan with the butter and oil.  You could even add a tablespoon of sherry if you wanted to kick the flavor profile up another knotch.  


Sprinkle the onions with pepper and let them cook on medium for about 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.  Then, cover the pan and let the onions magically shrink into what tastes like this amazing candy type veggie.  My mouth is watering.

Easy Step by Step Homemade French Onion Dip

All of these onions, which fill a pretty large pan shrink down and down into a small pile of deliciousness.  It’s what great dreams – and the best French Onion Dip recipes are made of. 

Easy Step by Step Homemade French Onion Dip

What’s next?

Let the onions cool – then basically whip up your cream cheese, add the rest of the ingredients and serve it up!

Your onion dip game is about to blow up.  

They’ll be back for more.

Homemade French Onion Dip - Step by Step instructions

Easy French Onion Dip

Yield: 8-10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

I'm a French Onion Dip LOVER! The packaged stuff is good - but just a little more time and effort and you can serve up this crowd pleasing, and delicious Homemade French Onion dip - and your guests will keep asking for more!


  • 4 large yellow onions sliced thinly and chopped in half
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar or 1/4 teaspoon Truvia
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise 


  1. Peel and slice the onions into very thin slices. Cut them in half so that they aren't too long.How to make an easy, homemade French Onion Dip - Step by step
  2. In a large pan, heat together the olive oil and the butter.
  3. Add the sliced onions to the olive oil and butter. How to make homemade French Onion Dip - Step by Step instructions
  4. Add ground pepper and sugar and mix well.
  5. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes stirring occassionally.
  6. Cover the pan and cook for an additional 20 minutes on medium low. Stir every few minutes.
  7. The onions will shrink in size and become caramelized.
  8. Add the cooked onions to a strainer and strain the excess fat and allow the onions to cool.
  9. Add your cream cheese to a bowl and mix on low speed. The cream cheese will become smooth.
  10. Keeping the mixer on, add the mayonnaise, salt and the sour cream followed by the onions.
  11. Keep refrigerated and take out 1/2 hour prior to serving.


You can add some spice to the dip by adding a tsp of chili powder if you like, but I like it as is. As the dip sits it will continue to develop in flavor and the sweetness of the onions will be unlike any French Onion Dip you've ever had from a package!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 443Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 458mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g

All nurtrition information is approximate.

Homemade French Onion Dip with Step by Step Instructions

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