Caramelized Onion Dip

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5 from 7 votes
This Caramelized Onion Dip is one of the BEST dip recipes I have ever tried.  It's one of those recipes you will be asked for over and over again.

This Caramelized Onion Dip is one of the BEST dip recipes I have ever tried.  It’s one of those recipes you will be asked for over and over again.

Caramelized onion dip in a white bowl with baguette slices

This is not your mama’s onion dip.  There are no envelopes of seasoning involved.  Just lots of onions, reduced down and caramelized into golden-brown deliciousness.  The flavor of this dip is off the chart good!

What are Caramelized Onions?

If you’ve never had caramelized onions you don’t know what you’re missing.  The flavor is incredible.

They’re also one of the easiest things to make.  It’s just onions and butter with a little salt and a little sugar to bring out the onion’s natural sweetness.  The ingredients are cooked over a low heat until they turn a gorgeous golden-brown and are super soft.

How to Make Caramelized Onion Dip – Step by Step

  • STEP 1: Slice onions into half moon shaped slices. (Photo 1 below)
  • STEP 2: Melt butter in a large skillet and add onions, salt and sugar. (Photo 2 below)
  • STEP 3: Allow onions to cook over medium to low heat until caramelized.  (Photo 3 below)

Step by step instructions for making caramelized onion dip

  • STEP 4: Place cream cheese and sour cream into a food processor(Photo 1 below)
  • STEP 5: Add some of the caramelized onions to the food processor. (Photo 2 below)
  • STEP 6: Pulse until everything is combined. (Photo 3 below)

Step by step instructions for making caramelized onion dip

Can You Make this Onion Dip Ahead of Time?

Yes! In fact, I recommend you make it a day in advance to allow all of the flavors to fully come together.  This is definitely a recipe that gets better the longer it sits.

Tip for Making Caramelized Onions

One of my favorite short cuts for this recipe is to make the caramelized onions in a slow cooker. While it’s not a shorter cooking time, it’s requires virtually no hands-on time which makes it easier in my book.  Plus, you set your slow cooker to cook the onions over night.

caramelized onion dip on a baguette slice

Expert Tips for Making the Best Caramelized Onion Dip

There are few tips and shortcuts to help you make this incredible dip.  Here are some of my favorites:

  • Don’t rush the onions: If you try to rush the caramelization process for the onions you may end up with burned onions.  It’s best to go low and slow.
  • Make it ahead of time: This onion dip gets even better the longer it sits.  I recommend making it a day in advance.
  • Avoid the smell: If the smell of onions cooking is too intense, you can always cook them outside on the grill.  Just remember to keep the heat low and keep an eye on them.

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Caramelized Onion Dip

5 from 7 votes
This Caramelized Onion Dip is one of the BEST dip recipes I have ever tried.  It's one of those recipes you will be asked for over and over again.
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Servings: 12 people

Ingredients

  • 3 medium yellow onions
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh chives chopped for garnish

Instructions

  • Slice onions in half and then into thin slices.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat then add the onions, salt and sugar.
  • Saute for 15 minutes.
  • Slowly add water, scraping any bits from the bottom of the pan; allow the water to evaporate.
  • Cook for 15 minutes longer or until onions turn a golden brown color and are soft.
  • Remove onions from the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup.
  • Place cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce and onions in a food processor.
  • Pulse several times until everything is combined.
  • Spoon dip into serving bowl and top with reserved caramelized onions and chopped chives.

Expert Tips

  • Don't rush the onions: If you try to rush the caramelization process for the onions you may end up with burned onions.  It's best to go low and slow.
  • Make it ahead of time: This onion dip gets even better the longer it sits.  I recommend making it a day in advance.
  • Avoid the smell: If the smell of onions cooking is too intense, you can always cook them outside on the grill.  Just remember to keep the heat low and keep an eye on them.
 

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 118mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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6 thoughts on “Caramelized Onion Dip”

  1. 5 stars
    Onion dip is always a crowd pleaser and I love trying new versions of this tasty appetizer! This one is going to be great!

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  2. 5 stars
    • I made your recipe for a gathering the other day and everyone kept asking for the recipe. It was totally a hit!

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