Forget about the packaged onion dip mix and make your own, from scratch! This classic, retro dip gets an upgrade with my homemade recipe, and you may find yourself skipping the onion soup mix for good! In fact, I even have a recipe for Homemade Onion Soup Mix when you need some for your next recipe!

French Onion Dip

French Onion Dip is the classic dip that most remember from their childhood. At least, I do! There weren’t many varieties of dips around at the time, so it is no wonder that it was, and still is, so popular. I have always known it as French Onion Dip, but it is often called California Dip. It is believed that a French cook in Los Angelas put instant onion soup with some sour cream and the recipe was printed in the local newspaper back in the 1950s, and that combination obviously worked! Yes, I could simply buy the onion soup mix and add some sour cream, but if you know me, I always prefer the homemade versions of dressings and dips, like my Homemade Ranch Dressing, and this is no exception.

Homemade French Onion Dip

French Onion Dip Recipe

French Onion Dip does not have to be super challenging to make. However, one trick to make it stand out is to use authentic Swiss Gruyere Cheese! Trust me on this one. It’s the best all-around cheese for baking because of its firmness and anti-stringiness if that is even a word. It is now, I guess. It also has a nutty flavor that is delicious! If you can’t find Gruyere, you can use a French Comte cheese. Regular old Swiss cheese you find in masses at the grocery store may be substituted, but beware! The texture is different, and it may not give you that dip that stands out from the crowd.


Ingredients for Homemade French Onion Dip

Besides the Gruyere cheese, here are the other ingredients you need for the French Onion Dip. And they all work together beautifully!

Onions Being Added to Homemade French Onion Dip

How to Make French Onion Dip

Besides the Gruyere cheese being so important, caramelizing the onion is also an important part of the French Onion Dip. Vidalia onions work great in this recipe. They are sweet, and the flavor really pops as you caramelize them. In this case, you just need one onion.

  • Chop the onion and cook it in the oil for 15-20 minutes.
  • Next, add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Remove the onion from the heat to let it cool as you mix the other ingredients.
  • While the onions are cooling, combine room temperature cream cheese, sour cream, salt, and Worcestershire sauce in a medium bowl. Use a hand mixer to get a creamy mixture.

Here is where you add the all-important onion and Swiss Gruyere cheese. Have I mentioned how important this particular cheese is for this recipe??? After everything is combined, add about a tablespoon of milk at a time until you get the consistency of the dip you want.

Use this dip for your traditional potato chips, of course. But, give it a shot on your next slice of pizza, mashed potatoes, or even a burger! If you must get your veggies in, use this dip to help them go down a bit easier, and tastier!

Overhead View of a Bowl of Homemade French Onion Dip

Are you Looking for More Dips?

Fall is the perfect time for getting friends together for the big game, and with football season upon us, I have plenty of dips you can wow the crowd with! Try a few or all of these favorites.

Skillet Onion Dip

Beer Cheese Dip

Reuben Dip

Jalapeno Corn Dip

Homemade French Onion Dip
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French Onion Dip

Prep Time 20 mins
You will never buy French Onion Dip from a store after making and trying my Homemade French Onion Dip!


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounce of cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup gruyere cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 bag plain potato chips


  • Cook onion in oil until very soft and tender and slightly browned. Roughly 10-15 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Set aside to let cool.
  • Combine room temperature cream cheese, sour cream, salt, and Worcestershire sauce in a medium bowl and beat with a hand mixer until creamy.
  • Add onion mixture and cheese and stir to combine the dish.
  • Add milk a tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Serve cold with potato chips.

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Reader Comments

  1. Take the ads out of the middle of the recipe that’s not right when you want to make it and can’t read it because the ad is in the middle of the typeing and you can’t close the ad at all

  2. How much chopped white onion? 1 cup, 2 cups? “One onion” is not a reliable amount.
    We can’t wait to try this appetizer and thank you for all the work you do keeping us knee-dip in useful and practical recipes.

    1. One onion yielded about 1 1/2 cups of chopped onion, but that will reduce greatly when cooked down. You could easily get away with anywhere from 1-3 cups of raw chopped onion.

  3. I made this on a whim for my boyfriend and his friends. I am not kidding when I tell you I had grown men asking me to write down the recipe for them! And I love it too, and new favorite. Thank you for this delicious appetizer!

  4. I imagine somewhere you are adding the shredded gruyere cheese but where? I’ve read the instructions twice, and can’t find where to include it. I’m guessing mixing it in with the cream cheese and sour cream?

  5. I’ll try this. I just made clam dip. Similar but I used garlic powder, 1 can of minced clams (drained)& clam juice (instead of milk) with a touch of Tabasco. No cheese of course. Clams for that chewy texture.

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