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Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe

This Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe is super easy to make and is a crowd 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. 

caramelized onion dip party dip

If you hang around long enough it quickly becomes obvi that we are garlic and onion fanatics. There are few fall basics as gloriously versatile as roasted garlic and caramelized onions. They make all the food that much better.

Now that we are diving into the season where weekends are filled with game day or holiday get togethers, we’re taking every opportunity to max out on eats like Caramelized Onion Dip.

This is one of those party dips that is easily made ahead of time so you can actually enjoy the party rather than be tinkering around the kitchen while everyone else is noshing away.

I’m starting to think I’m obsessed with make-ahead recipes. For all the entertaining we do, anything that can be prepared ahead of time is a total YES during the busy season (really all seasons)…

Tips for How to Make Caramelized Onion Dip

  • The best, most efficient tip I have: when many recipes say “softened cream cheese,” get that block really really soft. As in, place the block of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl and heat for 30-second increments until it’s lukewarm (but not hot) and soft enough to easily stir. It will make that no-lumps-texture thing so much easier.
  • Take your time cooking down the onions. At first, the onions will look like a ton; trust that I didn’t go nutty on you. The onions take about 15 minutes to cook down. They’ll end up less than half the volume of what you started off with. And they will be joyfully delicious.
  • We used fresh chives for our herbs, but feel free to use parsley or none at all. It’s more for vanity and a touch of extra flavor.
  • We also like including crumbled bacon on top of the finished dip. All your bacon lovers will not be mad if you choose to go that route.
caramelized onion dip party dip

What to serve with Caramelized Onion Dip

This Caramelized Onion Dip recipe is creamy, full flavored, and an instant hit.

It’s supremely with all the finger foods and more:

  • potato chips
  • veggie sticks
  • baguette slices or crostini
  • pita chips
  • sandwich spread
  • burger spread
  • charcuterie board

Any other ideas, send them over…I’d love to hear them!

Go ahead and get caramelized 😋

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A Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe

5 from 1 vote
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. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Amy Dong



  • 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.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Method: Stovetop

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    • Kim Saldo

    I love onions so much!! Thank you for sharing this with us! More recipes please!!!!

    • Yeah Lifestyle

    What a tasty sounding dip – I love caramelized onions so this dip would be perfect for me. Definitely need to make this for our parties!

    • pujarinimitra

    Sounds perfect! I will try this out for the next time we have friends over.

    • Shannon Gurnee

    We love Onion Dip Mix, but I’ve only ever made it with Sour Cream and dried Onion Soup Mix. This looks delicious!

    • Jess

    I’m trying this ASAP! Onions are my favorite! This dip sounds great and your pictures make this look mouthwatering!!

    • Khushboo Motihar

    I love sprinkling rice with caramelized onions. It is one of my favourite things. The dip sounds incredible and I would love to try it for sure.

    • Lynda

    Yummy! You should try the caramelized onion with hummus too!

    • Cristina

    That looks so tempting! I think in addition your pictures are amazing!

    • amayszingblogs

    Wow! These Caramelized Onion Dip looks so Yummy!

    • Ana Ojha

    The dip looks incredibly delicious in your pictures. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Would love to give it a try!

    • Ellie Plummer

    I don’t like onions at all but I’m sure this would be popular with a lot of other people. I like the sound of the buffalo chicken dip and the jalapeno one too.

    • Jasmine – LoveLifeLaughMotherhood

    onion is one of my favorite dips! can’t wait to try this out, i usually just go store-bought

    • Liz Siemers

    This looks delicious and would be a great way to use up extra onions, which I always seem to have laying around! Also gotta love anything that goes well with bread this time of year!!!

    • angela

    I don’t use onion often because my husband doesn’t like it. But this sounds really good, I want to try it, who know maybe he loves it! .


    I love camamelised onions, so definitely have to try this recipe! Could you replace the kosher salt with anything else do you think? Not sure where I’d get kosher salt! x

    • Catherine

    Oh this dip sounds fabulous! What a delicious dip for holiday parties and game day!

    • Clare Minall

    Now this I’ll have to

    try. Thanks for sharing

    the recipe. We’ve been

    looking for something to

    add to our holiday menu.

    • fibidrese

    They make me hungry now! I am going to try to make this tonight

    • Chastity

    This is bomb!! I haven’t had onion dip in so long, this looks tasty. I use to enjoy it all the time with potato chips. I am having some this weekend you got me into the vibes now!

    • Hello BoundforSomewhere

    Oh wow, this looks so so good! I never made this myself but I might give it a go

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