Caramelized Onion Dip

Creamy Onion Dip loaded with caramelized onions and bacon! This onion dip recipe is easy to make and puts store-bought onion dip to shame.

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Something I love so deeply about children, is how they tattle on themselves.

At least the honest ones do.

I noticed this years ago during my days of teaching third graders, and I now see it in my own kids.

Is it an innate knowing of what is right and wrong, or firm parenting, that causes them to fess up? I have no idea.

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They may not have enough self control to completely stop an offensive behavior. Yet once they’ve done it, regret hunts them down like a hungry wolf, until they can’t bare to keep the naughtiness to themselves any longer.

They MUST tell.

Come to think of it, my dog does this as well. He will pick up a dirty sock (something that is strictly forbidden) and carry it to me with his head hanging down. He sheepishly shows me the socks in his mouth and waits for his scolding.

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Whether child or retriever, I find this a beautiful and endearing quality.

It’s a beginning stage of true maturity:  learning to own-up to your mistakes.

We’ve all met that adult who never learned this lesson. Bad things always happen to them; nothing is ever their fault….

Watching little children timidly come forward with the details of their shortcomings, should be a lesson to us all.

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So now it’s my turn to tattle on myself. Ready?

Onion dip is a huge weakness of mine. Huge.

If I had a bag of potato chips and a tub of onion dip sitting it front of me, I would not be able to stop eating it. Not until the entire bag was empty, the tub was scraped clean, and my face was covered with crumbs and shame.

It’s not a pretty picture.

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I’ve tried to break this onion dip addiction and failed. So I figure, if I’m going to disgrace myself by consuming ridiculous amounts of onion dip, it might as well be a really, really, REALLY good onion dip recipe.

Introducing Caramelized Onion Dip!

I sauteed the onions in bacon grease, until they reached a deep color with saturated sweetness. Then mixed them with cream cheese, sour cream, herbs and spices. Then I sprinkle the bacon over the top for added crunch.

This heavenly combination is ultra rich, savory-sweet, and loaded with flavor. It’s perfect for dipping potato chips, or veggies if you are trying to behave yourself.

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This caramelized onion dip recipe also happens to be Gluten Free. You can find more great party recipes on the Udi’s Gluten Free Community Page.

Last Confession of the Day: I may or may not have eaten the entire bowl of this caramelized onion dip recipe, and I may or may not feel sorry about it.


Yield: 3 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Onion Dip Recipe

Rich creamy caramelized onion dip.


  • 2 strips thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 2 large onions, peeled, quartered, and sliced thin
  • 1 Tb. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2-3 dashes cayenne pepper
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tb. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tb. honey


  1. In a large skillet, saute the bacon over medium heat, until crispy. Remove the bacon and lower the heat to medium-low.
  2. Add the onions, thyme, salt and cayenne to the skillet and saute for 10-12 minutes, until dark, but not burnt. Stir occasionally.
  3. Once dark, remove the onions from the heat to cool. Place the cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, and honey in a food processor. Puree until smooth.
  4. Mix the onions into the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the reserved bacon pieces and serve with chips or cut veggies.