Caramelized Onion Dip

This delicious and easy caramelized onion dip is the perfect appetizer! It’s packed with savory and sweet caramelized onions, sour cream, cream cheese and balsamic vinegar. It makes the most creamy, flavorful, addictive dip that’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Love easy dip recipes? Then you’ve got to try my baked BLT dip and spicy chipotle guacamole!

a white bowl filled with this caramelized onion dip and the author taking a scoop of it out with a potato chip

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

You know that French onion soup mix you mix with some sour cream to make a classic and completely addicting dip? Well, this is that but elevated with even more deep, sweet, and savory onion flavor.

While it’s certainly not as simple as just dumping a packet of dried seasonings into a bowl with some sour cream, it doesn’t require much time or effort to make this more sophisticated, truly made-from-scratch version.

This caramelized onion dip is the perfect holiday appetizer or football watch-party snack. Serve with potato chips, pita chips, tortilla chips, or crudité. Hope you and your guests enjoy!

Key Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (or avocado oil)
  • White or yellow onions (sliced very thin)
  • Sour cream (at room temperature)
  • Cream cheese (also softened to room temperature)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Light brown sugar (can used dark if it’s what you have on-hand)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

How To Make Onion Dip

First, caramelize the sliced onions. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for an additional 10 minutes or so. Make sure they’re not burning, and reduce heat if necessary. Low and slow is the best method.

Then, add the caramelized onions to a medium bowl along with the sour cream, cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar and light brown sugar.

the ingredients to make this caramelized onion dip in a white bowl with a silver spoon

Stir until smooth and creamy. And season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve warm after heating in the oven for a few minutes or cold from the refrigerator. Enjoy!

a white bowl filled with this dip and a silver serving spoon

Storage Instructions

Make this homemade caramelized onion dip a day or two in advance to maximize flavor! Or store extra portions in your fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

We don’t recommend freezing this caramelized onion dip as the texture will fall apart in the thawing process. More specifically the water will separate from the cream cheese and sour cream. Not ideal.

a white bowl filled with this caramelized onion dip and the author taking a scoop of it out with a potato chip

Tips For Making Caramelized Onion Dip

  • If you love onion, consider mixing in some diced green onions in addition to the caramelized onions. The fresh onions mixed with the cooked ones opens up multiple layers of flavor!
  • Roast some whole garlic in the oven and add a couple cloves to the caramelized onion dip! Garlic turns into a paste when roasted whole, making it a great addition to this recipe.
  • Spice up this caramelized onion dip with some crushed red pepper flakes!

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Caramelized Onion Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

This delicious and easy caramelized onion dip is the perfect appetizer! It's packed with savory and sweet caramelized onions, sour cream, cream cheese and balsamic vinegar. It makes the most creamy, flavorful, addictive dip that's a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced really thin
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

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  • Caramelize onions: Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in onions and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
    Reduce the heat to medium low and cook for an additional 10 minutes or so.
  • Combine: Add the caramelized onions to a medium bowl along with the sour cream, cream cheese, worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar and light brown sugar. Stir until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Serve: Either warm or cold from the refrigerator!
Nutrition Facts
Caramelized Onion Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 197mg9%
Potassium 217mg6%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 867IU17%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramelized Onions, Dip, Party Food, Superbowl Food