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Homemade French Onion Dip is better than anything you can buy at the store, and much easier to make than you might think! You’ll want to dip everything from chips to carrot sticks in this savory dip.

Potato chip in a bowl of french onion dip

One thing in my life that I am super particular about when it comes to food is chip dip – more specifically French Onion Dip. I’m not super picky when it comes to the dippable items. Basically just give me a chip, but I am a total chip dip snob.

When I was a kid, I fell pretty hard for the French Onion Dip at a local carry out in my hometown and now as an adult, I’ll drive miles to pick up that chip dip over just grabbing a name brand from the grocery store.

Overhead view of a bowl of french onion dip on a counter next to a bowl of potato chips and a glass of beer


The other day when I shared my Pumpkin Dip recipe with you, we talked about how I am a *little bit* obsessed with dips. 

And over the weekend, I fell pretty hard for the Fried Pickle & Ranch Dip from Sam’s. Seriously, go grab yourself a tub – you can thank me later.

If you ask me, there’s no better snack than an assortment of chips and veggies and a buffet of everything from Buffalo Chicken Dip and Jalapeño Popper Dip to this Homemade French Onion Dip.

Ingredients for french onion dip arranged on a countertop

Like, I may not be much into sports (please don’t ask me the score or even which teams are playing), but I can get fully into game day when there’s a table of dips just begging to be eaten, okay?

And is there really a more classic game-day dip than French onion dip? 

Caramelized onions in a skillet on a marble counter

Creamy, savory, and just a little bit sweet thanks to those bits of caramelized onions…this dip is honestly everything you could ask for. 

I’m not against buying a tub of French onion dip at the store, but when I have a few extra minutes, I really love to make my own.

It only takes a few ingredients and is really easy to do!

Whisk combining sour cream, mayo, and seasonings in a white mixing bowl


Homemade French Onion Dip comes together with just a handful of ingredients:

  • Caramelized onions (made with onions, butter, and oil)
  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Seasoned salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Ground black pepper
Spoon stirring french onion dip in a white bowl

I don’t know about you, but all of these are pantry and fridge staples in my house. Which means that I can whip together this dip on the fly any time we get a craving for it!

I know that caramelized onions sound intimidating, but they’re pretty simple to make – you just need about 30 minutes. Let me talk you through it.

French onion dip in a white bowl on a counter with potato chips


Grab a saute pan, add in the butter and oil, and heat it over medium heat. Add in the diced onions.

I like to use vidalia onions because they are naturally so sweet, so they make excellent caramelized onions. But you can use regular yellow or white onions if you happen to have them on hand.

Bowl of french onion dip on a wooden board surrounded by potato chips

Cook the onions over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until they’re deep golden brown. It’ll take a little time to get there – usually at least 30 minutes, depending on your pan and your stove. 

Don’t worry too much about babysitting them or stirring them constantly. A few stirs every now and again will do.

And that’s it! You just made caramelized onions! 

Hand scooping up french onion dip with a potato chip

Now let the onions cool. Stir together the rest of the dip ingredients in a bowl before folding in the cooled caramelized onions.

Let the dip chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour (although longer is better) before serving.

I love to serve Homemade French Onion Dip with potato chips, but it’s equally delicious with veggies. I’ve even slathered it on a burger before.

Honestly, no matter how you serve it, you can’t go wrong!

Bowl of french onion dip with potato chips and celery sticks in the background
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Homemade French Onion Dip

By: Jamie
4.45 from 45 ratings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 14
Homemade French Onion Dip is better than anything you can buy at the store, and much easier to make than you might think! You’ll want to dip everything from chips to carrot sticks in this savory dip.


  • 2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 large Vidalia onions diced
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • salt to taste


  • In a large saute pan over medium heat, add oil and butter. When butter is melted, add onions and saute, stirring often, until golden brown and caramelized, about 30-35 minutes. This may take less time depending on the size of your onions and your cooktop. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, seasoned salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Fold in caramelized onions. Chill at least 1 hour or overnight prior to serving.


Store dip in an airtight container within the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Want more info on caramelizing onions? Check out my post on how to caramelize onions.
Adapted from Guy Fieri via The Food Network


Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 215kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 294mg, Potassium: 107mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 242IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Wendy says:

    Cooking the onions right now! I couldn’t find Vidalia’s at the store, so bought two large sweet onions instead. Um, do Vidalia onions run small? After dicing one large yellow sweet onion I thought I had so much onion and that alone filled the pan so I have left the other one alone. Hoping I have the right amount!

    1. Jamie says:

      Vidalia onions are usually around the same size as other sweet onions. You can adjust the amount of onions to what suits your taste. I hope this is helpful.


  2. Phyllis Marks says:

    Is there an acceptable substitute for canola oil?

    1. Jamie says:

      You could use olive oil or coconut oil (though that would give the dip a sweeter taste).
      – Jamie

    2. Phyllis Marks says:

      Thank-you! Coconut oil sounds like the perfect substitute.

  3. Enjoyed your blog and your pictures. I pinned your recipe to Pinterst. You says:

    Enjoyed your blog and your pictures. I pinned your recipe to Pinterst. I had made the basic dip but it was missing something..Your recipe had the right additional ingredients.

  4. Karen Harris says:

    What a wonderful recipe and a blast from my past. I could so dig into this with a bag of taco flavor Doritos and a Twilight Zone marathon. I would love a Big Green Egg. I tasted some wonderful things that were cooked them this summer when I judged a BGE Ace Hardware cook-off. So much fun.

  5. bigFATcook says:

    Your onion dip looks so tasty and creamy… i love it!

  6. Cindy says:

    How do you make homemade chips?

    1. Jamie says:

      I just fry us thinly sliced potatoes, check out this recipe from Paula Deen if you are looking for an exact method. Have a great day.