This delicious homemade French Onion Dip requires only sour cream, dried minced onion, and seasoning to make this flavorful appetizer dip! If you don't have French onion soup mix on hand, no worries! You can make this completely from scratch version and still have an incredibly tasty dip for chips, crackers, bread, and veggies!
French Onion Dip Recipe
Do you love French onion dip like me? Seriously, I absolutely love this easy appetizer dip even though I have a few other great methods for making my classic onion dip or French onion dip!
I still love the equally quick and easy to make version using Lipton's onion soup mix. It's so eighties and still tastes ALOT better than store-bought dips. But I don't like the extra fillers.
Ingredients in store-bought mixes and ready-made dips have so many extras including preservatives and coloring that just aren't needed. My simple homemade French onion dip has fewer ingredients and they're ingredients that are always on hand!
What Does French Onion Dip Taste Like
French onion dip, also called California Dip, isn't overpowering in any way. The balance of tangy creaminess from the base, whether you use sour cream, cream cheese, or a mixture of one of them with mayonnaise, and onion flavor is just right!
You get a delightful amount of salty seasoning in this creamy dip with a consistency that is absolutely perfect for dipping chips into!
How To Make French Onion Dip From Scratch
Gather your ingredients ( sour cream, dried onion, parsley, and seasoning ) and mix them in a small mixing bowl. That's it! It's simple, I know, but here's the tip for the best French onion dip:
Cover and refrigerate your dip overnight. The flavors 'marry' and combine better after refrigerating. It totally makes sense, your dried onion takes in the moisture from the sour cream and releases the wonderful onion flavor!
In addition, all of the seasonings get a chance to release their flavors into the sour cream base as well.
Alternatives to sour cream that can be used include cream cheese, mayonnaise, and unflavored yogurt ( including Greek yogurt ). All of these creamy bases will add their distinctive amount of tanginess to the dip. You can also combine any of these with sour cream or with each other to customize your onion dip flavors!
Great stir-in ideas include a touch of Dijon mustard or ground mustard powder, a splash of Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of paprika, some freshly squeezed lemon juice, fresh chopped chives, or a little bit of finely grated cheese.
Whichever base you use, or stir-ins you'd love to try, I promise that your party-going friends will devour this creamy onion dip! Or just snack with it on your own while curled up on the couch watching a movie! You can even enjoy my tangy French onion dip with some carrots and celery and call it diet food...
Storing Homemade Onion Dip
Store your dip in an air tight container and keep it refrigerated for up to a week. It shouldn't last beyond the first day or two as it's that addictive!
Why does French onion dip get watery?
The dairy used as a base for the dip can get watery, especially if you have dipped chips, carrots, or celery directly into the dip container. The separation happens, if you've ever used sour cream after the container was opened you've likely seen this before. Simply stir the French onion dip before serving.
How long until French onion dip goes bad?
Technically, the dip should last for a week ( without preservatives ) but it can last longer if stored properly. Use your best judgement on appearance and odor of the dip to determine if it is still good. If there is any sign of mold, discard the remaining French onion dip.
Can you freeze French onion dip?
Sour cream doesn't freeze well, especially when used in dips like this onion dip. Freezing sour cream changes the consistency of the sour cream, so I do not recommend freezing French onion dip.
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French Onion Dip
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
- 1 Tbsp parsley (fresh chopped, or freeze dried parsley - use 2 teaspoons of dried parsley)
- 1 ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ⅛ tsp salt (to taste)
- In a small mixing bowl, start your dip with one cup of sour cream.
- Add 1 tablespoon of dried minced onion to the sour cream.
- Add a tablespoon of parsley.
- Add garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
- Combine, cover, and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!