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Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip

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  • 1/2 Cup Greek yogurt, such as Plain 0% Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • Chips of crackers, for serving


Sauté the onions and garlic in the butter and oil over medium-high heat for 1 minute.

Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook, stirring every 5-8 minutes until the onions are dark, about 30 minutes.

Transfer to a bowl and cool completely before stirring in the yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Chill before serving.

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving69

Folate equivalent (total)5µg1%

Caramelized Onion Dip

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I've always been a fan of onion dip, have you?

Especially with ruffled potato chips.

Most of the flavor in the onion dip with which many of us are familiar comes from a package of dried onion soup, which works if you have only 2 minutes to put together a dip.

But if you are looking for something a little more special, you can make your own onion dip from scratch! The key is to caramelize the onions first.

History of Chips and Dip:

Humans have been dipping food into things like Tzatziki sauce, hummus, avocado dip and salsa since the Greeks and the Aztecs were around. But chips and dip served as a popular snack came much later.

George Crum invented the potato chip (a thin, fried potato snack) in 1853. French Onion Dip (a dip combining sour cream and a packet of Lipton&rsquos French Onion Soup Mix) was created by a cook in Los Angeles in 1954. Lipton quickly capitalized on the French Onion Dip, adding it to advertising and packaging.

Chips and dip emerged big-time in the 1950&rsquos as finger food for parties. Specialized trays fitting chips and dip were created and bought by many home cooks. Chips and salsa became popular in the 1980&rsquos.


*If the cream cheese is creating small lumps in the dip, I'll hold the bowl over the steam of the onions (while they're cooking) to warm it up a bit. Alternatively, you could microwave it at 10 second bursts.

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What to Expect

This recipe is a little more time-consuming than most dip recipes because you will be lightly caramelizing onions in a large skillet with butter.

Traditional onion caramelization takes around 45 minutes, but to save time, we reduced the process to just 30 minutes.

The addition of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar helps to further achieve the sweet, savory flavor of caramelized onions. Therefore, reducing the time doesn’t affect the final taste.

The end result is tender, soft onions that are golden in color with a sweet taste that pairs nicely with the creamy sour cream, mayonnaise, and spices.


Heat oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until brown, sticky, and caramelized, about 20 minutes. If the pan starts to burn, reduce heat to medium-low and add 1 tbsp. water, stirring well. Transfer onions to a small bowl and chill until cold, about 1 hour.

Reserve 1 tbsp. onions. In a food processor, pulse remaining onions, sour cream, buttermilk, and salt just until combined. Transfer to a serving dish, top with reserved onions, and chill at least 1 hour.

I know everyone always has changes to posted recipes. So sorry in advance, but. a dash of cayenne pepper really makes this dip amazing. Try the dip before you add it though. If it tastes a little bland add it. If not, why mess with a good thing?

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This was a HUGE hit at my house on Christmas Eve! My aunt said she would eat just this for dinner and would be happy! It is pretty easy to make, a little time consuming when it comes to getting the onion ready, but it is also great because it keeps well in the fridge for a few days after. I agree with everyone that the consistency is a little thick for chips, but it would also be great to dip fresh raw vegetables in. I would even recommend spreading some of this on a toasted bagel to switch things up!


For the Caramelized Onion Dip:

Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat until butter melts. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is caramelized, about 50 minutes, reducing the heat as needed to prevent the onion from burning. Remove from heat, stir in the salt and pepper and cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Coarsely chop the onion mixture.

Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Fold in the onion mixture.

Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes. Serve with Homemade Potato Chips.

For the Homemade Potato Chips:

Peel potatoes and slice as thinly as you’d like your chips to be.

Rinse potato slices then soak them for about half an hour in a large bowl of cold water.

Drain the potato slices and dry them thoroughly with a clean kitchen towel or layers of paper towels.

In a large heavy pot, heat about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil. Add single layer of potato slices to the oil. Fry the potato slices until they are golden or brown, about 3 minutes per batch.

Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer the potato chips to layers of paper towels and sprinkle with salt or seasoning.

  • Author: chewoutloud
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 - 10 as appetizer 1 x


This Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe is super easy to make and is always a party favorite. This party dip loves to show up on game days, holidays, and gatherings. It’s deliciously addictive with potato chips, baguette slices, and pita chips.


2 TB olive oil
2 yellow onions, peeled and chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 oz plain Greek yogrut
4 oz regular cream cheese, softened to lukewarm
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
Optional toppings: freshly chopped chives, crumbled bacon


In a large skillet, heat olive oil until hot, over medium high heat. Add onions, garlic powder, salt, sugar, and pepper. Stir to combine well. Continue cooking 15-20 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes. After each stir, shake pan to even out the mixture to a single layer so onions cook evenly. Once onions are soft and nicely browned, turn heat off and let rest.

In a bowl, combine very soft cream cheese (microwave in 30-second increments to get it to a very-soft, lukewarm consistency) and yogurt. Use hand whisk to blend mixture together until smooth, without clumps. Add in the worcestershire and parmesan, stirring to combine well. Add caramelized onions and stir to incorporate. Transfer to serving dish. Top with chives and bacon, if desired. Serve immediately or cover and chill until ready to serve.


Caramelized Onion Dip can be made a day ahead of time. Leftovers keep well when covered in fridge, up to several days. If using bacon, it’s best to add it right before serving.

Tip: the best way to easily mix in cream cheese smoothly is to first warm up the cream cheese until it’s super soft and lukewarm. This helps to eliminate a lumpy texture when mixing.

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