French Onion Dip

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French onion dip reminds me of growing up in the 60s and 70s. EVERY party usually featured a bowl of ruffled potato chips and a bowl of French onion dip. Of course, it was always a packet of seasonings which was mixed with a carton of sour cream.

French onion dip with chip

My husband loves potato chips and dip, so started making him this French onion dip recipe for game days. He doesn’t eat sweets so I don’t mind making him his favorite dip. I experimented for a long time to get this recipe right. Spencer didn’t mind being a taste tester as I tried to recreate the recipe I remember from my childhood. A lot of recipes contain mayonnaise, which isn’t quite right. I wanted a classic French onion dip with just sour cream. After decades of practice, we arrived at this version. Of course, with all recipes, you need to adjust to your taste. If yo’re not a fan of dill, reduce the amount and add dried parsley.

A note about salt

Salt is an important part of cooking, but a lot can go wrong if you don’t use the right salt. I only cook with kosher salt or Redmond’s Real Salt. Regular table salt is too “salty”. So keep that in mind when you cook or bake. If you only have table salt, adjust to avoid the dip being too salty.

How do you make French onion dip?

The Lipton French onion soup mix was the one I remember mom making. She only used it for dip…not soup. It’s pretty simple to make at home. You’ll need dried onions, garlic powder (I like this one with parsley), dried dill, salt, pepper and of course sour cream.

french onion dip ingredients

Just like the packaged version from long ago, you’ll want to chill the dip for an hour to let the flavors meld.

dip mix in sour cream

While I usually use fresh herbs for cooking, this is one time you’ll want to used dried herbs, garlic and onions. This French onion dip recipe makes 16 ounces or 1 pint. It can easily be doubled for a crowd.

What do you serve with French onion dip?

My husband is on team ruffled potato chip, while I like it with fresh veggies. You can also thin this recipe down with buttermilk and use it as a dressing.

french onion dip with chip

Looking for another dip? This Herbed Goat Cheese Dip is delicious with either chips or veggies.

 herbed goat cheese dip
This creamy dip is the perfect accompaniment to veggies, chips, or crackers.

Hummus is another dip that’s perfect with pita chips or fresh veggies.

Easy hummus dip is just a few minutes away when you have canned garbanzo beans in your pantry!

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french onion dip

French Onion Dip

This French onion dip is a copycat version of the dip mix from the 60s and 70s. For best results, chill for 1 hour before serving.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
chill 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Retro 60’s American
Servings 8 people
Calories 118 kcal



  • Mix all ingredients well. Chill for a least one hour. Serve with chips or vegetables.


Serving: 1gCalories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 338mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 375IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Oh wow you have my mouth watering at the dip with all the veggies on the side! I didn’t realise it mattered about the salt you used so I will definitely be more mindful of that

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