Homemade Onion Dip with Just 4 Ingredients (no mix!)

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Onion Dip is a great feature on your appetizer table at the holidays, parties, and other get-togethers. This recipe will help you make Sour Cream Onion Dip easily and without any packaged soup mix.

hand dipping potato chip in onion dip

Everyone loves a good dip. Am I right?

Dips make football games more exiting. Dips make backyard BBQs more fun. Dips make the world go round.

But, sometimes… dips can be full of junk.

I have very fond childhood memories of stirring a packet of onion dip mix into a container of sour cream. A bag of potato chips and a can of Coke completed the picture. My parents didn’t often buy junk food, but my Auntie Mary did! She would usually come to our house on a Saturday with the goods in hand.

It was the highlight of the weekend!

Nowadays buying that little packet of onion dip mix seems like an unnecessary expense — and a load of unhealthy junk.

But, no one can question that onion dip makes a great appetizer or snacky dinner component, especially when supplemented with some veggie dippers.

Maybe. Okay, hand me the potato chips, too!

One day I set out to make my own onion dip from scratch. You’ll be amazed at how easy it was! With just four ingredients that are pantry staples, you’ll be dipping with the best of them in no time.

What is onion dip made of?

Commercially made onion dip mix or the premade kind from the deli case is typically made with a lot of ingredients, including but not limited to: onion, salt, hydrolyzed corn gluten, soy protein, wheat gluten, dextrose, yeast extract, corn maltodextrin, and spices.

I don’t know about you, but hydrolyzed corn gluten isn’t really something that I keep on hand in my kitchen.

Homemade onion dip, however, is much tastier and only includes four ingredients:

  • sour cream
  • dehydrated onion flakes
  • garlic powder
  • Better than Bouillon beef base

jar of better than bouillon

What is Better than Bouillon beef base?

Better than Bouillon is a soup base that comes in a number of different flavors, such as chicken, pork, beef, and vegetable. It can be diluted in water to use as broth in recipes.

It is available in organic and conventional formulas as well as reduced sodium. It’s basically like a demi-glace. I’ve found Better than Bouillon at Ralphs as well as Costco and Amazon.

If you prefer, you can use a dry beef bouillon cube, crumbled into powder as a substitute.

If you prefer a meatless version of onion dip, try my Homemade Onion Soup Mix.

How to make homemade sour cream and onion dip

Just like there is minimal ingredients, there is minimal prep when making homemade sour cream and onion dip. 

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and chill the dip for about an hour before serving. You can make the dip up to a day in advance.

onion dip and veggie tray

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.

bowl of onion dip on snack table

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:

Tools I use to make this easily:

  • Pyrex bowl with lid– This set is great for meal prep. Since you want to refrigerate the dip for a few hours for best flavor, the 2-cup bowl with a lid is a perfect mixing, storing, and serving vessel.

bowl of onion dip with dippers

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Sour Cream Onion Dip
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
This recipe will help you make Sour Cream Onion Dip easy and without any packaged soup mix. It's perfect for snacking!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: onion dip, sour cream
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 468 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Better Than Bouillion beef base
  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Chill for one hour.
Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Sour Cream Onion Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 468 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 26g163%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 426mg19%
Potassium 405mg12%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1435IU29%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 266mg27%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About Jessica Fisher

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  1. Anita says

    This sounds wonderful! Onion dip, a bag of Ruffles & a glass of cold sweet tea brings back my childhood. My sister & I would spend hours enjoying a good game of rummy while enjoying our chips & dip. I’m going to have to try this!

  2. maggie says

    sounds good and without the MSG.

    • Kelly says

      @maggie, The beef base is full of MSG, disguised as hydrolyze soy protein and Autolyzed Yeast Extract.

      Sigh. I want a good homemade onion dip too, may just make it w/o the beef base, or figure out how to make it with homemade beef stock.

      • Jessica says

        @Kelly, I usually buy the organic one. I assume it doesn’t have that, but I could be wrong?

      • Heather Bradley says

        Demi glacé I think it’s called, but you can’t omit the beef flavor or it’s not tasting like you want because the junk food version is made of French Onion soup mix. I make beef broth or buy good organic quality and set it to simmer and reduce it to a thick jelly. You basically want it thick enough that it won’t make your dip runny. Maybe reduce 2 cups of broth for one batch of dip. It’s time consuming, but so tasty and it’s guiltfree so you don’t mind after you’re eating it!

  3. tuxgirl says

    aha!!! that’s what I was missing! I had always done it with the onion soup mix, but when i tried to make it from scratch, I tried to use dehydrated onion and garlic powder. it seemed to be missing something, but I couldn’t figure out what…

  4. Leah says

    I never really cared for pretzels because they were too dry. Then I was hanging with some friends in college and they had onion soup mix dip and the small pretzel sticks….LOVED them. My inlaws eat cornchips with the onion soup dip, I can’t wait to flip out this dip at our next gathering.

  5. Stacy says

    This was always our standard dip. Our only dip, really. I’ve thought about making it before, but don’t like the ingredients in most things like that. Thanks for this one–printing it now.

  6. Kelly says

    I’ve been thinking I could make onion dip with dried onion and sour cream. Have you tried it without the beef base? I love onion dip and really miss it, but we don’t eat stuff we can’t pronounce anymore, so it’s hard to find!

    • Jessica says

      @Kelly, I am sure you could leave out the base. Maybe add some more spices like paprika and thyme to up the flavor?

  7. Nancy says

    An old friend recently came across a college picture of me sitting on a stool at her house with a bowl of dip in my lap. I knew immediately what it was that I was keeping to myself, for it was her mother who introduced me to the dip that became my life-long favorite. It was onion cucumber dip, and I thought it was delicious. So good I can eat it without crackers or chips or veggies. Depending of course upon how much I want to make (I try to restrain myself), I generally make it as follows:

    In a small bowl combine 1 cup of mayo; 1/2 cup of sour cream; finely chopped onion to taste; finely chopped cucumber to taste. I usually deseed the cucumber. There’s no way to make it taste any way other than great, but you can experiment with the ingredients to suit your taste. My husband cannot eat cucumbers, so I usually make two batches when I make it, one w/o cucumbers. I haven’t made it in years, but there were many times I took it to bridal teas as cucumber sandwiches. Makes me hungry thinking about it.

  8. Jay says

    Brilliant! I even had all the ingredients. Including the exact brand of beef base. This worked out perfectly and tasted just like I hoped it would. Gotta love the Internet!

  9. Anita W. says

    I don’t care if it’s 2017! This is the best recipe for French onion soup I’ve ever come across. Just like the previous poster, I actually happen to have all of the ingredients, including the Better Than Bouillon. So happy! I will never buy it again. Thank you so much.

  10. Ed overseas says

    wonderful, always easy if you can _get_ sourcream, but how do you make it in a country where there is NO SOUR CREAM, or for that matter even small heat-treated packs of imported cream are very hard to find and way expensive.

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