Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe

Homemade Creamy Caramelized Onion Dip on #gameday #superbowlCreamy onion dip loaded with caramelized onions and bacon! This Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe is easy to make and puts store-bought onion dip to shame.

Creamy Caramelized Onion Dip on #gameday #superbowl

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.

Making Homemade Creamy Caramelized Onion Dip on #gameday #superbowl

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.

How to Make Caramelized Onion Dip on #gameday #superbowl

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

A Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe 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.

The BEST Creamy Caramelized Onion Dip on #gameday #superbowl

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 my Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe!

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 sprinkle 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.

The Best Caramelized Onion Dip on #gameday #superbowl

This Caramelized Onion Dip also happens to be Gluten Free!

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.

Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe

Yield: 3 cups

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

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Rich creamy caramelized onion dip.


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


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  4. Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mamaposted February 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm Reply

    This dip sounds amazing!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    I also wanted to let you know that I featured you on my blog today!

  5. Kristinaposted January 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm Reply

    confession – when I make a batch of caramelized onion dip (the one I have is baked, THIS ONE will be made next time!), I always fill a small ramekin and hide it in the back of the fridge – just for me.

    I have always loved onion dip, I can imagine the flavors with the potato chip now… I cannot wait to try this!

    • Sommerposted January 27, 2013 at 5:20 am Reply

      Kristina, Haha! That is a BRILLIANT idea. :)

  6. Shainaposted January 25, 2013 at 10:09 pm Reply

    Mm-hmm. And how. This sounds so good right now. I suddenly have the late night munchies.

  7. Chrisposted January 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm Reply

    Such a cute visual of your dog. Cats on the other hand, have no sense of right/wrong. Ours will do something and look you dead in the face, as if to say, “What?!”

    This onion dip looks amazing, Sommer. It makes those gelatinous ones that come in a tub from the dairy aisle look soooooooo sad.

  8. Monetposted January 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm Reply

    Hi sweet friend. Onion dip is a huge weakness of mine too (especially now that I’m pregnant!) This recipe looks absolutely tantalizing. I wish I had a bowl beside me now! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted January 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm Reply

    Well, I can’t think of a better addition to onion dip than a bunch of bacon. Yeah, it looks pretty awesome.

  10. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted January 24, 2013 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness, this looks so yummy Sommer! I LOVE onion dip but hardly ever make it… that’s gotta change!

  11. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchenposted January 24, 2013 at 10:16 am Reply

    I could eat that straight up. No lie.

  12. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchenposted January 24, 2013 at 9:47 am Reply

    This is the only kind of dip recipe that ever tempts me to eat potato chips. It’s an unbeatable combination, so one without the other just doesn’t work does it? It looks scrumptious!

  13. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted January 24, 2013 at 8:31 am Reply

    I could totally tattle on myself about onion dip and chips, too. I simply cannot have it in the house very much, because I can’t help myself. This looks delish, Sommer!

    • Sommerposted January 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm Reply

      I know… Maybe we need an intervention. ;)

  14. Kelli Williamsposted January 24, 2013 at 8:19 am Reply

    Oh gosh this looks so delicious! This will be served at my bunco party!!

  15. Carolynposted January 24, 2013 at 6:11 am Reply

    I have so many weaknesses like this, I am not sure where to start! But I could just start with a spoonful of your onion dip…

  16. Jeanetteposted January 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm Reply

    This is a dangerously good looking dip Sommer! I’m almost afraid to make it ;) although my kids would thank me for it.

  17. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted January 23, 2013 at 9:30 pm Reply

    This would make my tummy very happy — my thighs not so much, LOL. That wouldn’t stop me though!

  18. Belinda @zomppaposted January 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm Reply

    It is rather endearing, isn’t it? Don’t you wish everyone was more mischievously innocent like that? I too have a weakness for dip!

  19. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted January 23, 2013 at 9:11 pm Reply

    Onion dip is truly impossible to resist and the fact that you added bacon, well I have to have it now!

  20. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm Reply

    Onion dip is at the top of the list of favorite dips at our house, I must try this!

  21. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted January 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm Reply

    I love a good caramelized onion dip. The bacon takes it over the top!! Yum!

  22. Paula - bell'alimentoposted January 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm Reply

    You had me at caramelized onions. Who needs a packet when you can make this!

  23. JulieDposted January 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm Reply

    Looks so good!!

  24. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted January 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm Reply

    This sounds delightful, Sommer! I’m drooling :) Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!

    HUGS <3

  25. Angieposted January 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm Reply

    What a great game day food! Yummy!

  26. Sandy @ REposted January 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Yummy! Getting ready for z-big Super Bowl! :)

  27. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted January 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm Reply

    I hear you, a good dip and a plate of chips are dangerous near me too!

  28. Colette @ JFF!posted January 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm Reply

    Get Pop Chips.
    WAY less guilt and they’re irresistible!

    • Sommerposted January 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm Reply

      Ooo, those ARE good!

  29. Anita at Hungry Coupleposted January 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm Reply

    I can resist store bought onion dip but I have a feeling I wouldn’t be so strong around your homemade version. :)

  30. katieposted January 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm Reply

    I just recently made a caramelized onion dip recipe; however, i think i already like yours better because it has bacon and because the onions are cooked in the bacon fat!

  31. Bonnie Kposted January 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm Reply

    My whole family have a weakness for onion dip. I love this version, with no added junk. I will definitely make this.

  32. Amy Tongposted January 23, 2013 at 1:45 pm Reply

    Oh wow. What a gorgeous dip packed with wonderful flavors and ingredients! I don’t blame you for the addiction on this. Gosh…I better go fix myself a bowl of this heavenly goodness!

  33. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted January 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm Reply

    So true! My niece is always tattling on herself. It’s the cutest thing ever!

    Oh and this dip – yeah I really this in my life, even after football season is over.

  34. Aggieposted January 23, 2013 at 11:45 am Reply

    Goodness gracious just plop me down with a bowl of this and a bag of chips. I’ll be one happy girl.

  35. a farmer in the dellposted January 23, 2013 at 11:23 am Reply

    I am a sucker for onion dip. It’s been far too long since I have made any. Your recipe sounds delicious. I laughed out loud when you talked about your dog “tattling” on himself. my dog does the same thing. :)

  36. Vij (Spices And Aroma)posted January 23, 2013 at 11:15 am Reply

    This is my first time here Sommer. I am so glad that I stumbled upon your blog. We love onion dips and this recipe sounds so divine to me. I am going to make this for the next game night.

  37. Lizposted January 23, 2013 at 11:11 am Reply

    This sound amazing Sommer! Love caramelized onions…so in a dip would be perfect!

  38. Morganposted January 23, 2013 at 11:11 am Reply

    There is nothing I love more than a pan of caramelized onions. And when mixed with creamy sour cream and bacon?! Sounds like a perfect combination in culinary heaven.

  39. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted January 23, 2013 at 10:53 am Reply

    Caramelized onions are one of my most favorite things, ever. Love this dip!

  40. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted January 23, 2013 at 10:17 am Reply

    I have a huge weakness for onion dip too. This looks incredible and something that definitely would not last long in my house.

  41. Julia @ A Cedar Spoonposted January 23, 2013 at 10:05 am Reply

    Perfect for the Super Bowl! It will be a hit in my house (especially with that bacon thrown in!) :)

  42. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted January 23, 2013 at 9:48 am Reply

    I am the same way with onion dip. Oh, it is so good. And I bet it’s even better with caramelized onions!

  43. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted January 23, 2013 at 9:30 am Reply

    okay, you just made caramelized onion dip even better w/ BACON!

  44. Jessicaposted January 23, 2013 at 9:22 am Reply

    Wow – this looks amazing! I love how elegant this is for an onion dip recipe. Just in time for the Super Bowl – will have to try it!

  45. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted January 23, 2013 at 9:05 am Reply

    I made a similiar dip and ate it all in one sitting. I wish I was kidding. Looks gorgeous Sommer!!

  46. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchenposted January 23, 2013 at 9:03 am Reply

    I love dip! And add caramelized onions AND bacon….I think I’m in love. And now I know what I’m brining to my friend’s Superbowl party next weekend!!

  47. Katieposted January 23, 2013 at 8:30 am Reply

    I too have a weakness for Onion Dip. It was the only thing I craved when I was pregnant. I didnt know at the time that you could make it from scratch. I was living in London and there were no box of Lipton Soup French Onion mix to make it with. My sister came to visit and I asked her to bring me a box! She brought the plain Onion Soup, no little bits of dried onions. I mixed it up and burst into tears! Dont you just LOVE pregnancy hormones. Months later after the birth of my daughter and when the craving was gone I stumbled on a recipe for grilling onions on a bbq and making the dip. IT has been my go to party dip for summer for 10 years!

    I will be trying this one as my go to winter dip! Thank you!!!!!!

  48. shelly (cookies and cups)posted January 23, 2013 at 7:57 am Reply

    I love onion dip! And I’m not an onion girl…don’t know how that works! This looks delicious!

  49. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted January 23, 2013 at 7:06 am Reply

    We love onion dip and this looks perfect!

  50. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted January 23, 2013 at 7:01 am Reply

    Sommer, I ADORE onion dip and have since I was little. I love this spin…with the sweetness coming from both the caramelized onions and honey as well as the smokiness from the chopped fried bacon and some savory heat from the herb (thyme), Worcestershire and cayenne. Could become extremely addicting. I’m just fessing up, LOL. A winning recipe!

  51. DessertForTwoposted January 23, 2013 at 6:55 am Reply

    This is definitely one of my weaknesses, too! Dessert I can resist, salty snacks? Not so much. I love your homemade version!

  52. Cassieposted January 23, 2013 at 6:43 am Reply

    Drooling over this, Sommer! I love onion dip and caramelized onions are my favorite!