Sour Cream and Caramelized Onion Dip

Sour Cream and Caramelized Onion Dip is one of those things worthy of a scratch recipe. Just like Homemade Hummus or Homemade Pasta Sauces. Once you try a homemade version of this dip, you'll never go back to those little spice packets again! Seriously, there's no need. You'll be so much happier with this!

You can also make it ahead of time, and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. In fact, the flavors are even better when made ahead! Serve it with potato chips, waffle fries, or roasted potatoes!

Sour Cream and Caramelized Onion Dip with Potato Chips in the Background

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STEP#1: Caramelize the Onions

It only takes a few ingredients to whip this dip up and the only thing you have to "cook" is the onions.

caramelized onions in a skillet

But don't worry this isn't one of those caramelized onion recipes that need to simmer for 2 hours or calls for a bunch of sugar or anything silly like that.

bowl of caramelized onions ready for dip

Instead, we are going to cheat a little bit and splash them with some balsamic vinegar in the final stages of their caramelization and really that's all you need to do to achieve great sweet onion flavor in rapid time.

STEP#2: Mix The Sour Cream and Mayo

Even though we know it as "Sour Cream Dip", the mayonnaise will give you the best silky texture. You don't need much, just two tablespoons will do the trick! Then you can use the leftover sour cream for my Crumb Cake with Sour Cherries Recipe the next day. 

Make-Ahead Tips:

  • At this stage, you can fold the onions into your sour cream dip and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Then right before serving,  proceed to step three, adding the flavor!
  • I wait to do this until serving to assure that the horseradish and chives do not mellow while in the refrigerator and will deliver the most "punch". 

adding caramelized onions to a sour cream dip

STEP#3: Add More Flavor

While your sour cream dip at this stage would be good, to make it really GREAT, add a few dollops of prepared horseradish to give it a little "kick in the pants" and wake it up a bit. If you don't have horseradish on hand, you could also use Dijon mustard as a substitute.

Horseradish going in a bowl

I also like to add some freshly minced chives to add a little freshness and a more subtle onion flavor to the dip. And that's it, folks! Your dip is ready. 

Sour Cream and Onion Dip in a silver stand

What To Serve with Your Dip?

Option#1: Potato Chips (The Easy Route!)

But not just any bag of potato chips, go for the fancier kettle chips. They'll look prettier for holiday entertaining and will avoid that "Game Day" look. I think they taste better too! 

a tray of dip and kettle chips

Option#2: Waffle Fries (Minimal Effort Route!)

If you want to kick things up a notch, this dip really sings with some waffle fries. The Alexia Waffle Cut Fries are my favorite. You can pop them in the oven, or better yet if you have an air fryer that's even easier! If so check out my air fryer recipes for entertaining! 

Option#3: Roasted Fingerling Potatoes (The Rock Star Move!)

A dainty roasted potato dipper would be the ultimate gourmet move sure to impress! The flavor combination is reminiscent of my Sour Cream Mashed Potato Recipe. It's also a more filling appetizer when served with potatoes. 

Sliced Yellow Potato Wedges in a bowl with olive oil and seasoning

Follow the recipe for roasting the potatoes in my French Potato Salad recipe, but use the slender fingerling potatoes since they'll be better for dipping. 

Roasted Potato Wedges on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper cooling on cooktop

I think this dip looks really great in something tall and elevated, it just makes a simple dip and chip combo feel extra special for the holidays! 

a tray of sour cream and onion dip with potato chips

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Sour Cream Onion Dip in Silver Bowl with Chive Garnish

Sour Cream and Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Sour Cream and Caramelized Onion Dip is one of those things worthy of a scratch recipe. Once you try a homemade sour cream and onion dip, you'll never go back to those little spice packets again! Seriously, there's no need. You'll be so much happier with this!


  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups (350ml) yellow onions, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ teaspoon (7.5ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 16 oz (900g) of sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon (30ml) mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoon (10ml) horseradish
  • ¼ cup (60ml) chives, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet, cook onions until translucent
    and fragrant. Season with salt and pepper, and add vinegar. Cook 1-2 minutes
    more until vinegar is evaporated. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the sour cream,
    mayonnaise, horseradish, chives, salt, and pepper. Then add the onions.
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Then transfer to a
    serving dish and serve with kettle potato chips, waffle fries or roasted
    fingerling potatoes.


This dip can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve.

For serving you could offer any of these "dippers" and it would taste great!

  • Easy Route: Potato Chips (go for the kettle chips they're fancier for entertaining)
  • A bit more effort: Waffle Fries! The Alexia Brand is my favorite
  • The Rock Star Move: Roasted Fingerling Potatoes. French Potato Salad Recipe for how to best roast the potatoes

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 95Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 109mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g


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