Homemade French Onion Dip

First off, I feel that I have to admit that I am 100% in on store-bought French onion dip. That paired with Ruffles potato chips is basically cheat food heaven. Ha! That being said, sometimes you need a recipe that elevates those cheat foods you love, so you show up to a baby shower with this dip in hand and it seems OK. And, that’s where this homemade French onion dip comes in!

This homemade French onion dip is creamy, decadent and the perfect blend of savory with a little sweet. Serve it alongside fresh cut vegetables, crackers, or dare I suggest Ruffles potato chips?! It’s a treat that also looks great on a fancy snacks table.

I used a variety of pearl onions, but if you can’t find these mini versions, regular yellow or red onions will work as well. Honestly, I think recipes like this are best when you simply taste the final dish and tweak it a little based on your preferences. You may want to add a little more salt, some sesame seeds, or maybe even some cayenne for a little heat kick. You do you, my friend.

And although you certainly can dip this, well … dip, I like to serve it with a little cheese knife or small spoon for spreading. We are going for elevated cheat food here. Enjoy! xo. Emma

5 from 1 vote

Homemade French Onion Dip


  • 4 ounces chopped onion red, yellow, pearls, etc.
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 heaping tablespoons chopped chives
  • 16 ounces two packages softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic until the onion is very soft and just beginning to brown. Remove from heat.

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked onion mixture, chives, cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, mustard, and celery seeds. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

This dip is great to make the morning or even day before your event because the flavors will deepen. Simply store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • This looks delicious and sounds really easy to do! I’ll definitely try making this soon and remember to make this for any upcoming parties!

    Emily | Snippets of Emily’s Life xx

  • I am so excited about this recipe! 1. Yummmm. 2. Onion dip and chips (and/or veggies) are the BEST. Now I need to plan a party so I can serve this. Thanks, Emma!

  • That looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it! Seems simple and elegant all in one!

  • Looks delicious! My boyfriend hates when I make onion-y dishes because of the smell but I don’t think he’d be able to resist this one!

    xx A. | mylondonandbeyond.wordpress.com/

    • 5 stars
      This one doesn’t smell that much (or at least I don’t think so). Maybe the cream cheese off sets it somehow?

  • This sounds so good! 🙂 I love a good onion dip but have never made my own, funnily enough. Can’t wait to try this recipe out! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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