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This delicious French onion dip is the perfect appetizer or party recipe. Filled with lots of homemade caramelized onions, garlic, fresh herbs, and sour cream. You’ll love this simple and easy crowd-pleasing dip!

French Onion Dip served in a bowl.

Do you love French onion dip as much as I do?

Art and I like to buy it and then eat little dollops of it with salty kettle chips for lunch.

It’s so darn good.

This homemade version is just as good but EVEN BETTER!

Buttery caramelized onions mixed with sour cream, cream cheese, garlic, and just a touch of fresh herbs. It’s so good and delicious and perfect for parties or quiet at home nights.

Trust me, if you’re a lover of dips you’re going to LOVE this recipe!

And if you’re a lover of all things onion like French Onion Soup you’ll super love this recipe!

caramelized onions in a skillet.

Ingredients for French Onion dip

  • Caramelized onion – I used sweet onions that were caramelized in butter. This creates a sweet and buttery caramelized onion PERFECT for this recipe!
  • Sour cream – This is the base of the dip. I used full fat but you can substitute with low fat if desired.
  • Cream cheese – I love the richness cream cheese adds to the dip but you could also use mayonnaise or mascarpone cheese if you prefer.
  • Garlic powder – Just a touch for added flavor. You can also use fresh in its place.
  • Fresh parsley – This dip definitely needs some freshness and parsley is a great addition. You could also use chopped chives or green onions. 
Using a chip to scoop up some French Onion Dip.

The best onions to use

There are lots of different onions in the store but my personal favorite for this dish is sweet onions. A few varieties of sweet onion you may see are Vidalia, Walla Walla, and Texas Spring Sweet.

If you cannot find sweet onions you can use yellow onions in their place.

What to serve with French onion dip

My personal favorite scooper for French onion dip is salty chips.

Kettle cooked, wavy, ruffled, whatever shape you want all taste great with this creamy dip.

If you’re looking for a healthier dipper try carrot or celery sticks.

French Onion Dip served with carrots, celery, and chips.

Storing leftover dip

If you’re good at moderation and don’t eat all your dip in one sitting here are some tips on keeping it fresh!

I like to store any leftover dip in an airtight container and use it within 3 days.

You may notice some liquid sitting on top of the dip if it sits overnight but just give it a stir and it will incorporate perfectly fine.

French Onion Dip served on a platter.

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French Onion Dip

French Onion Dip

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This delicious French onion dip is the perfect appetizer or party recipe. Filled with lots of homemade caramelized onions, garlic, fresh herbs, and sour cream. You'll love this simple and easy crowd-pleasing dip!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the butter and allow it to melt, about 2 minutes. 
  3. Add the sliced onions and kosher salt. Mix so all of the onions become evenly coated with butter. 
  4. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally, for 20-25 minutes or until they are dark golden brown. If they start to stick to the bottom of the pan at any time, add a few tablespoons of water. Make sure not to rush the caramelization process and keep the heat set at medium-low. 
  5. Once the onions are caramelized, allow them to cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes. 
  6. In a large bowl, mix the sour cream and softened cream cheese together until smooth. This can also be done in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. 
  7. Next add the caramelized onions, chives, parsley, and garlic powder. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  8. Serve the french onion dip with fresh vegetables or chips and enjoy. 
  9. Store any leftover dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 109mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

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