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French Onion Dip

With deeply caramelized onions, Worcestershire sauce, some basic seasonings, sour cream, cream cheese, and mayonnaise, this French onion dip recipe is so much richer than anything you'll find at a store.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 198 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 medium onions finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • ¼ cup water
  • 12 ounces sour cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 4 ounces mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Finely minced chives optional, for garnish


  1. Melt the butter in a 12-inch saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions, salt, pepper, and cayenne (if using) and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deep golden brown and fragrant (about 15 to 20 minutes). After about 10 minutes, I like to drizzle in the water (or you could use wine!) to deglaze the pan and scrape up all those beautiful browned bits. Allow the water to completely evaporate and continue to cook until deep golden brown. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sour cream, mayonnaise, cream cheese, and Worcestershire sauce until completely combined and smooth. Add in the caramelized onions and stir to combine.

  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight, before serving. Garnish with chopped chives, if desired, and serve with your favorite potato chips (I recommend kettle chips or wavy/ruffle variety!).

Recipe Notes

  • Onions: Sweet or yellow onions are preferred, but you use any type available to you, except for red onion.
  • Vegan Alternatives: You can substitute vegan versions of sour cream, cream cheese, and mayonnaise.
  • Garnishes: I love the chopped chives since they are mild; crumbled bacon is an awesome idea, too!
  • Serving Suggestions: Obviously, chips are best! I suggest wavy/ruffle chips or kettle chips, as they stand up well to the dip. You can also serve this with veggies (carrots, celery, cucumber, bell peppers, etc. all work well) or chunks of crusty bread.
  • Make-Ahead: This is a great dip to make the day before a party because it gets better as it is refrigerated! For the best flavor and texture, serve within 24 hours of making the dip.
  • Storage: If you have leftovers, you can keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
French Onion Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 492mg21%
Potassium 153mg4%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 599IU12%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.