Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Make your own homemade onion soup mix to keep on hand to flavor dips and main dish recipes.

Onion Dip from Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Sour Cream and Onion Dip is one of my weaknesses. And even though not all my people love sour cream as a topping, they go wild for the dip. I’ve developed a couple different recipes for sour cream dips, but for this DIY Convenience series, I decided to try for a dry mix that you could keep on hand, using all shelf-stable ingredients.

That’s what I used to use when I was in high school and first learning to cook. Dry packaged onion soup mix was a go-to for pot roast, stew, meatloaf, and of course, sour cream dip. I don’t think we ever used it as a soup, but it was mighty fine mixed into things as a seasoning.

It was also pretty chock-full of junky ingredients, excessive sodium, and weird stuff I can’t pronounce, even with a graduate degree.

Making my own homemade onion soup mix sounded like the way to go. And it was tasty! I mixed it into dip, stewed it with pot roast, and stirred it into meatloaf. All I can say: Super Yum. The dip was flavorful, the roast well seasoned, and the meatloaf? Pretty awesome.

There are probably more ways to use this mix. Try it out in your favorite recipe that calls for commercial soup mix and let us know how it works out. 

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Making homemade onion soup mix yourself.

This was a super easy process. Just mix dry seasonings together and voila!

Please note that you will probably not need a one-to-one substitution for the dry mix. I’m going to bet that my version is more strongly flavored. Less is more, you know? I used 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mix to 1/2 cup sour cream; a few tablespoons over a pot roast; and a couple tablespoons in meatloaf.

Making it cheaper.

I honestly don’t have an exact price breakdown. It looks like a packet of mix runs between one and two bucks. My guesstimate on my ingredients is about 50 cents for the batch. I’m only guessing that mine’s cheaper, but I know that it’s better for you and pretty convenient to make at home.

Dry Onion Soup Mix Homemade

What’s YOUR favorite use for onion soup mix?

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  1. Thank you! I was just wondering how to make this tonight since my husband’s food allergies make it hard for us to eat packaged products.

  2. I have a weakness for sour cream and onion dip, too! We always just call it French onion chip dip, but it’s the same thing.

    The difference is, I toss this under my “it’s so cheap and easy, just buy it instead of making it yourself” list, though, ha. Yes, it might be a tiny bit cheaper to make it myself, but I don’t really see many health benefits (I already only buy brands that don’t use MSG because of a family allergy) and realistically, I’m tossing it into sour cream and dipping chips into it anyway….can’t get much unhealthier than that! I’d end up having to buy new jars of most of the spices to make a decent sized batch, too, and then I just now I’d talk myself into using onion dip even more often because well, I’d already have it on hand, lol. It’s probably best I avoid that.

  3. Hey! Thanks! I was so happy to see this pop up in my email. I have a veggie soup recipe that we enjoy that calls for a packet of onion soup mix. I tried making it without the packet the last time and it just wasn’t the same. Can’t wait to try this!

  4. Are onion flakes the same as dehydrated onions? I’m looking forward to trying this!

  5. What kind of thyme do you mean? Isn’t there ground thyme and, I guess, dried thyme?

  6. We tried a new seasoning mix that was supposed to
    Serve as “onion soup packet” last week and we were so disappointed. As I am looking through your ingredients and they are completely different from the other one I tried, different enough that I think I am willing to try again. :).

  7. Another addition some of you might like is beef bouillon granules – it adds a little depth to the flavor. You could leave out the salt if you choose to add the granules.

  8. Similar to the meatloaf, it really enhances homemade hamburger patties. I do not think I’ve used it for anything else other than what you listed. I’ve actually not even used it at all in probably 8 years. I frequently sub greek yogurt for sour cream since it is a similar consistency and much healthier. I’m wondering how this dip would come out with yogurt? The tang might actually blend in pretty nicely. Maybe I need some dip in the future. Oh wait, I don’t have any fresh veggies or chips. Never mind. :)

  9. Oh my! Onion dip is my worst weakness ever. I’ve been known to polish off an entire batch of it for lunch. And it is AWFUL for you in the packaged form(although I make it w/light sour cream… but oh, the sodium!). I’ve had to swear it off. I’m really excited to try this blend out! Will eat it with raw veggies though, since I’m eating healthier these days. Thanks for a new inspiration!

  10. My boys are gonna love this when I make it!!!!!

  11. I love chips and onion dip so much! Here in New Zealand we mix the onion soup mix with a can of reduced cream (do you get that over there?) and a squeeze of lemon juice and then chill it for 30 minutes. Divine!
    (And then we get a packet of chips, commence dipping and devour the whole lot and by we I mean me because I don’t share well!)

  12. Sounds wonderful. Thank you!

  13. This is gluten free! I loved to use onion soup mix for lots of stuff til I learned I was allergic to wheat. Wheat is in the packaged onion soup mixes. I’m so glad I found this and cant wait to try it!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    This mix was fantastic! I have a weakness for chips and dip…I ate a whole batch of dip and bag of chips myself. Can’t wait to try this in other recipes calling for the onion soup mix, like slow-cooked French dip sandwiches.

  15. In South Africa commercial dry soup mixes are sold as “packets” of soup (eg. a 55g brown onion soup packet, a 65g white onion soup). Each packet makes 4 servings of soup by adding 850ml of water. How many servings of soup does the above recipe make (and how much water would I add). Also, can anyone tell me what an “envelope” weighs in grams and how many servings does it make?

  16. Thanks for another great recipe. I have totally quit buying prepackaged mixes because of the cost and all the preservatives in the mixes. My husband will love this recipe.

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