Make your own homemade dry onion soup mix to keep on hand to flavor dips and main dish recipes.
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.
What’s onion soup mix made of?
When you’re making your own homemade onion soup mix you get to choose what’s in it! Unlike those store-bought versions. Here’s what in my homemade version:
- dry onion flakes
- kosher salt
- dried thyme
- dry mustard
- garlic powder
- black pepper
Making dry onion soup mix yourself.
This was a super easy process. Just mix dry seasonings together and voila!
Handy Storage Vessels for Mixes:
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?
To make onion dip: I used 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mix to 1/2 cup sour cream
To use with meat: a few tablespoons over a pot roast; and a couple tablespoons in meatloaf.
What do you eat with onion dip?
This onion dip is great served with potato chips. You can keep it simple and buy some chips or make your own homemade potato chips. If you want to keep it a bit healthier, then serve it with a veggie tray.
Onion dip is also delicious with french fries and baked potatoes!
How long can you keep onion dip in the fridge?
Prepared food is good in the fridge, covered, for up to 4 days.
Since this is a dip that might tempt double-dipping, consider serving it in single-serve cups or provide a spoon so folks can dish out a bit on their plates. This is better food safety and it will help your dip stay good longer.
How to make this dish inexpensively
All of my recipes are affordable to begin with but there are some things you can do to make sure you’re spending well. Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. It’s a great way to save money on your groceries. When I find regular kitchen staples on sale, I buy a lot. It’s a great way to save money on your groceries without clipping a single coupon. I’m currently using a price book to track prices and that’s saving me money. For this recipe, keeping an eye on sour cream and spices is key. When I see them on sale, I buy a few extra.
- Buy spices in bulk. I love shopping at Costco to save a few dollars. Instead of paying a few dollars for a small jar of garlic powder or onion flakes, I buy larger container for even less!
Homemade Onion Soup Mix
- 1/4 cup dry onion flakes also called dehydrated onion
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Store in an airtight container.
- To use, stir into recipes as you would commercial onion soup mix (about 1 to 2 tablespoons per 1/2 cup sour cream for dip).
What’s YOUR favorite use for onion soup mix?
This is part of the DIY Convenience Foods series.