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A white dish with French onion dip garnished with chives.
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French Onion Dip Recipe

French onion dip is an easy appetizer with caramelized onions and fresh ingredients. This party appetizer tastes even better if made ahead!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizers, Dips, & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, French onion dip, party dip
Servings: 24
Calories: 114kcal


  • 1 bag ruffled potato chips

Onion Dip

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups large diced onions 2 onions: yellow, brown, or sweet vidalia
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups sour cream 16 oz container
  • optional garnish: fresh chives/green onions


  • Melt butter, in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onions, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook for 25-40 minutes until golden brown and caramelized. The onions will shrink alot as they cook. Stir every 5-10 minutes, and once caramelized remove from stove and allow to cool.
  • In a bowl, mix caramelized onions, Worcestershire sauce, and 2 cups sour cream. Mix well in a bowl, chill in the fridge. Can be made a couple of days ahead.
  • Serve with potato chips, garnish with fresh chives.



make ahead tip:

You can make this dip a couple of days ahead, keep it chilled in the fridge, it will taste even better! Give a stir right before serving. 

leftover dip: 

Melt into mashed potatoes.
Use with hamburger stroganoff with lots of mushrooms.
Top on a baked potato.
Mix into a potato gratin.
Stir in a little grated horseradish and serve with roast beef, pork, or pot roast
Spread a thin coating on boneless chicken breasts, dip in panko/bread crumbs and bake.
Use in pasta, rice, or vegetable casseroles.

caramelized onion tips:

  • The best onions to use are yellow, brown, or sweet Vidalia.
  • Don't overcrowd the onions in the pan or they will steam and not caramelize.
  • For this onion dip recipe, I chopped them into smaller pieces so they would be easy to scoop on a potato chip.
  • You can slice onions into long strips to use caramelized onions on burgers, steaks, and grilled sausages.
  • Stir every 5-10 minutes to get them more evenly golden brown.
  • Keep the heat low, don't turn up the heat you will end up with uneven burnt and raw onions.
  • Some people even deglaze the pan with a small amount of water, wine, or chicken stock for even richer results.


Serving: 24g | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg