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.
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
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.
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. 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 bouillon base is key. When I see them on sale, I buy a few extra.
- Buy spices in bulk. Instead of paying a few dollars for a small jar of garlic powder or onion flakes, I buy larger container for even less!
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.
Sour Cream Onion Dip
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tbsp dry onion flakes
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp Better Than Bouillion beef base
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Chill for one hour.