Sour Cream Onion Dip

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This recipe will help you make Sour Cream Onion Dip easy and without any packaged soup mix. It’s perfect for snacking!

Sour Cream Onion Dip

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 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 Sour Cream Onion Dip makes a great tailgate snack, especially when supplemented with some veggie dippers.

Maybe. Hand me the potato chips!

Recently I set out to make my own onion dip from scratch. You’ll be amazed at how easy it was!

Homemade Dips Made Better

In fact, consider these other homemade dips you can make yourself, a little bit healthier:

Healthier Spinach Dip
Really Homemade 7-Layer Dip
Ranch Dip
Better-for-You Queso

Have you got a special onion dip memory?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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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?

  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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