Quick Onion Dip

1 cup
1 hr

Today, we're making Quick Onion Dip!

Think about that classic onion dip that you make with sour cream and a seasoning packet, and that's basically what we're making here. But instead, we're ditching the packet, turning to the spice shelf, and making a quick and simple homemade mix right with items that we already have on hand.

To give this dip the ultimate in onion flavor, we're using 3 types of onion spices! We need some dried minced onion, some dried chives, and some onion powder. Dried minced onion is one of my absolute favorite kitchen hack items. It's literally fresh onion that's been dehydrated and bottled up. So, when mixed with a “wet” ingredient, the onion reconstitutes, plumps right back up, and gives you that fresh onion texture and flavor without any extra prep work at all. I use it exclusively in my scrambled eggs now, and I'll use it exclusively in my onion dips from now on.

To supplement the onion flavor, we're going to add some garlic powder, dried parsley, and good ol' salt and pepper. The garlic powder compliments onion in a nice and savory way. The parsley adds a little color and earthiness. And, of course, salt and pepper are classic for seasoning.

In my opinion, these two bonus ingredients are what make this dip. We may be using them in small increments, but those “hmm” moments that they add to the dip are so important. First up, brown sugar. Whenever I'm caramelizing onions, I always add a pinch of brown sugar. The sweetness from the sugar helps to cut the sharpness from the onion while bringing out the natural sweetness of the onion. The other secret ingredient...worcestershire sauce. We're just using a tiny little splash of it, but the worcestershire helps to add the meaty, umami quality to the dip without having to add any beef flavoring to the mix. It really just ties it all together.

Once we have all of our spices and seasonings ready to go, we'll stir them all into some sour cream, then let the dip chill for about an hour to give the spices a chance to marry. And the end result is a rich, creamy, savory, oniony, absolutely incredible snacking experience.

To serve, you can have this onion dip with potato chips. You can have it with veggies. You can have it with crackers. You have so many options based on what kind of mood you're in. I tend to find myself doing a fridge driveby, and going straight from spoon to mouth.

No judging!

Alrighty, folks! Whether you need a last minute party appie or the snacking bug bites you hard, this dip is sure to be the right answer.

Enjoy, and let's eat!

Recipe details
  • 1  cup
  • Prep time: 1 Hours Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 1 hr
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  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/8 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • potato chips, crackers, and/or veggies, for serving

Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl. Stir well to combine. Chill for at least one hour before serving. Serve with potato chips, crackers, and veggies. Enjoy!
  • *You could use regular or low fat sour cream for the recipe.
  • *Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
  • *This recipe is easily doubled to serve a larger crowd.
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  • Lei8150439 Lei8150439 on Jan 21, 2022

    Love your recipe but I make it by using cottage cheese blended smooth. Cuts down the fat and calories significantly so you can eat it with the pita or potato chips guilt free!

    • Lise Lise on Jan 22, 2022

      I’m going to try that, it sounds good. I make one similar to this using 2% Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

  • Sharon Baber Sharon Baber on Jan 22, 2022

    This was a dip I loved way back in the "dark ages!" Sour Cream and Dried Onion Soup. Thank you for bringing it back to my attention, with different ingredients that seems like it would enhance the flavors! Things we have on hand! Thank you for the memories!

    Sharon B

    • Robin Robin on Jun 23, 2024

      Way too much salt in the onion packets