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French Onion Dip with Caramelized Onions

June 9, 2015 (Last Updated: December 2, 2020)

French Onion Dip was one of those deliciously iconic salty, snacky comfort foods most of us grew up eating with those crunchy salty chips and a cold Coke a Cola or Pepsi to chase it down. Old School French onion dip was rumored to most likely be created in Los Angeles in 1954 by an unknown salt-loving cook or chef from my understanding.

The recipe for French Onion Dip, aka, was said to have spread quickly among salt lovers alike and was printed in a local newspaper. The Lipton company also promoted this mixture on the television show Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts in 1955. Soon after, the name simply became “California Dip” and even got pushed in a ton of local grocery stores and markets across the nation.



French Onion Dip was one of those deliciously salty, snacky comfort foods most of us grew up eating with those crunchy salty chips and a cold Coke a Cola to chase it down.The recipe was then placed on every Lipton instant onion soup package in 1958 and featured in several magazines. The name “French onion dip” began to be used in the 1960s and became more popular than “California dip” in the 1990s. My guess would be the French thing is what made it more popular at the time of the late ’60s, with French foods being the newest craze at the time.

My mom was one of the Lipton Soup Onion mix dip kinds of mom’s in the ’70s and  80’s, real simple recipe here, folks, simply just grab a vat of sour cream, dump Lipton’s Soup prepackaged mix in a bowl with the sour cream, stir the crap out of it, shove it in the refrigerator and pray those pesky dehydrated onions softened soon and then just serve up with some salty chips and pray the water retention from the salt content goes down later. I think I may still have water retention leftover from those days, friends, and I’m not sure.

My mission today is to stop the insanity and have you make something that won’t make your children retain water till they are forty or even 50 folks. That’s right let’s eat something we grew up loving without all the salt and prepackaged notions of the past. Below you will find out how delicious French Onion soup with Carmelized Onions really can be when it’s not prepackaged and dumped in sour cream.




French Onion Dip with Caramelized Onions

  • Three tablespoons of  unsalted butter
  • Two Vidalia  onion, finely sliced
  • One teaspoon of kosher salt
  • Two garlic cloves, minced
  • Three green onions finely sliced
  • One tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • Two cups of sour cream
  • 1/2 of a cup mayonnaise
  • One tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4  of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 of a teaspoon of white pepper
  • a dash of smoked Hungarian paprika






French Onion Dip with Caramelized Onions

French Onion Dip with Caramelized Onions

French Onion Dip was one of those deliciously iconic salty, snacky comfort foods most of us grew up eating with those crunchy salty chips and a cold Coke a Cola or Pepsi to chase it down
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Chill 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 180 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Vidalia  onion finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 green onions finely sliced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • cups sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • teaspoon white pepper
  • pinch Hungarian paprika


  • In a metal pan over medium heat, melt the 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
  • Add the onion and salt and cook, on each side undisturbed until browning starts to occur on the bottom side, flip onions over and continue to brown, they will become soft and a dark caramelized color, about 25 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove the metal pan from the heat source.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce to the metal pan and stir to scrape up the browned bits from the pan bottom.
  • Transfer the onion mixture to a small bowl and let cool to about room temperature.
  • In a bowl large enough to accommodate all ingredients, stir together the sour cream, mayonnaise, fresh chopped parsley, cayenne pepper, white pepper, and a dash of Hungarian paprika.
  • Stir in the dark caramelized onions and minced garlic.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Serve with potato chips or crusty bread for dipping.


Calories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 366mgPotassium: 209mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 589IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 1mg
Keyword French Onion dip
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  • Reply
    June 10, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    What a great snack just in time for summer. Awesome recipe Heidy! 🙂

  • Reply
    April J Harris
    June 10, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Wonderful recipe, Heidy! Your French Onion Dip with Caramelized Onions has got all the lovely flavours without any of the yucky additives and salt – I look forward to trying it soon. Pinned!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      June 10, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you, April, I love French Onion dip but just don’t want to be overloaded with all the sodium and preservatives of store brands or mixes. Glad you enjoyed it!

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