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Sour Cream + Cheddar French Onion Dip

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If you are a fan of onion dip, this is a show-stopper dip recipe that you must try. Start with low and slow caramelized onions cooked in butter. Stir that into creamy sour cream + cream cheese and sharp cheddar. A few special seasonings and additions later and you have the ultimate dip recipe.


A chip dipping into a bowl of french onion dip


One chip loaded dip into this addictive Sour Cream + Cheddar French Onion Dip and you will be hooked.

It is time for the Game of the Year. The occasion calls for the Dip of the Year. Yep, I’m going there. This French onion dip will make you the MVP of your party.

And a dip like this deserves only the best snacks to go with it.


If the internet could taste this Sour Cream + Cheddar French Onion Dip, I could win a trophy.

Ok, so I may be exaggerating just a little. But this French onion dip is out of sight. Literally, this is the best onion dip I have ever made.

The secret? Slow-simmered and buttery caramelized onions. The flavor of the caramelized onions combined with all of the other ingredients creates an addictive dip recipe you will be proud to serve to your guests.

If you decide to share.


A skillet of sliced onions next to a colander full of onions


This recipe uses a lot of fresh onions. Don’t worry, they will cook down and turn this heavenly shade of golden brown. And the smell of the onions cooking will have everyone in the house asking “What are you making?”

Whether you are hosting a party for the Big Game at your house or taking a recipe to a friend’s house, this is the dip recipe for you. (Everyone will ask for the recipe.)


A skillet of caramelized onions


Of course there’s no point in making a delicious Sour Cream + Cheddar French Onion Dip unless you have super snacks. Super snacks like Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels and Cape Cod® Potato Chips.

A thick and savory French onion dip like ours needs a crunchy dipper. For our Big Game Party, we picked this snack combo:

  • Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels
  • Snyder’s of Hanover Butter Snaps
  • Cape Cod Kettle Potato Chips original flavor

The size and crunch of these salty snacks make them perfect for scooping out the onion dip. You won’t be able to stop snacking. (No worries, we aren’t throwing a penalty flag.)

Click here for more ideas + inspiration on how to make A Better Snack for Crunch Time.


Various bags of pretzels and potato chips


These snacks are my go-to’s and take my BIG GAME celebrations from so-so to extraordinary. There are so many varieties to choose from, there is something for everyone to snack on at your party. So much crunch and flavor right out of the bag is a major time saver.

And I’d like to point out that I did major snacking on the pretzels and chips while I was cooking. Chef’s privilege.

Once the onions have cooked and cooled, time to work on the base of the dip recipe. Combine the sour cream, cream cheese, mayo and other ingredients together until smooth. Stir in a few flavor boosters and fold in your favorite brand of sharp cheddar cheese. Get the complete recipe at the end of this post for all of our secrets.

You can use your favorite cheese, but I love sharp cheddar for this recipe. The strong flavor pairs well with the golden onions and the salty snacks.


Shredded cheddar cheese in a bowl



Fold in those delicious onions and you have a game-winning Sour Cream + Cheddar French Onion Dip like no other.



A bowl of sour cream + cheddar French onion dip next to kettle cooked potato chips


You can serve the dip room temperature with your Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels and Cape Cod Potato Chips. Or you can chill it before hand.

For maximum flavor, make it the night before and chill in the fridge. All of those flavors meld together. So good.

Both of our snack choices are perfect for dipping. Kettle cooked Cape Cod chips are crisp and big and that perfect salty bite. The buttery Snyder’s of Hanover are the perfect size to get a big scoop of onion dip, too.


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Delicious and savory homemade French onion dip


Go ahead, dig in. It is Crunch Time!


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Love me some French Onion Dip, don't you?
4.67 from 6 votes

Sour Cream + Cheddar French Onion Dip

This is the ultimate savory dip recipe for your next party. French onion dip made from slow caramelized onions, creamy sour cream and sharp cheddar cheese.  

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 220 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 4 yellow onions medium - large
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese finely shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • hot sauce optional

Cook That

  1. Heat butter over low to medium low heat. Peel and slice onions into rings about 1/8 inch - 1/4 inch thick. Cook the onions slowly in the butter for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

  2. Remove onions from heat and let cool. Chop into small pieces.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Stir in the mayo, Worcestershire, and seasonings.

  4. Fold in the cheddar cheese and then the cooled caramelized onions until well combined. 

  5. Serve at room temperature or chilled with your favorite Cape Cod Chips and Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel snacks.

  6. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Nutrition Facts
Sour Cream + Cheddar French Onion Dip
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 300mg13%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Vitamin C 2.9mg4%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    Sharon Glascoe
    January 25, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    This would be a hit at any party. I like how you used the chips for chip lovers and pretzels for pretzel lovers-everyone is happy!

    • Reply
      January 25, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you, Sharon! The more snacks, the merrier.

  • Reply
    January 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    This is delightful combination. Love cheese dips and this one is next. Yumm!

    • Reply
      January 25, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you, Savita! It is thick and rich.

  • Reply
    January 25, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    OMG this has me DROOLING! I couldn’t care less about football, but I am all about the game day foods! Can’t wait to try this. 🙂

    • Reply
      January 25, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      This dip is definitely for onion lovers, hope you love it.

  • Reply
    January 25, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I loooooooooooooooove french onion dip but I never thought to make it homemade from scratch! So happy to have found this! It’s such an easy dip to make and the added sharp cheddar – holy flavour! I’m in heaven right now and so happy about it! 🙂

    • Reply
      January 25, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      Hope you love it! You can keep the onions in large pieces, chop them very fine, or even blend them if you prefer the dip to be smooth.

  • Reply
    Cliona Keane
    January 25, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I could yum this dip up any day!

    • Reply
      January 25, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Girl, it is addictive!

  • Reply
    March 27, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    I love your recipes! Now I have all my favorites in one place and easy to find! Thank you for such easy recipes with out the fuss……

    • Reply
      March 28, 2018 at 11:06 am

      Thank you so much, Lois. Hope you enjoy them all. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list, and we will shoot you a quick email anytime we post a new recipe.

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