Caramelized Onion and Garlic Chip Dip

Skip store bought and make this delicious Caramelized Onion and Garlic Chip Dip! Perfect for parties, holidays or a movie night at home. Also great with crackers and veggies!

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This recipe was photographed and updated 12/2022.

You'll never want store bought chip dip again after trying today's recipe! 

I first made this dip for a jewelry party and it was a hit! I've made it many times since then and it's still a favorite of almost anyone who tries it.

What makes this dip so good? The caramelized onion and garlic! The sweetness from them being caramelized is a perfect pair with the tangy sour cream and cream cheese.

This dip reminds me of store bought french onion dip, but way better and so much more affordable too!

You can serve this dip with potato chips, bread cubes, vegetables or crackers! I totally forgot to put potato chips on my grocery delivery order and only had some left in the bottom of the bag, so we also ate it with some Bugles too when I was taking these photos.

No matter what you pair this dip with, it will be tasty!

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Shopping list:

  • butter
  • yellow onions
  • garlic
  • brown sugar
  • cream cheese
  • sour cream
  • green onions, for garnish

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for measurements and instructions!

Recipe tips:

  • You can skip adding the brown sugar, but the flavor of the dip will be different and the onions may not caramelize as well.

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More dip recipes you might like:

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • use white onions instead of yellow
  • skip garlic and use only onions

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Yield 8 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
10 Min
Cook time
25 Min
Inactive time
15 Min
Total time
50 Min

Caramelized Onion and Garlic Chip Dip


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • green onions, sliced for garnish


  1. In a large saute pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute for 10 minutes. Then add the brown sugar, saute for another 10 minutes, until onions soften and caramelize, stirring often. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  2. In a food processor, combine onion mixture, cream cheese and sour cream. Process until smooth. Refrigerate or serve immediately. When serving, garnish with sliced green onions.


Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to five days.

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  1. Dip, garlic and chips pretty much spells my name, haha :)

  2. Sheena, I'm agreeing with Beth on this one!! LOVE! LOVE! This is the perfect game day dip!

  3. I love dips and this one sounds so good! We love I Can't Believe It's Not Butter too!

  4. Looks like I need to try I can't believe it's not butter again. I'm a butter only person too usually....

  5. Carmelized onion AND garlic? You speak my language!

  6. I am such a dip person! I love how you put caramelized onions in this! Perfect!

  7. This time of year makes me crave dips! I will be saving this recipe for my holiday party this year!

  8. I too love that you don't have to wait for it to soften. So much easier for things like toast!!! This dip looks yummy.

  9. I don't know why I've never thought of making my own homemade onion garlic dip - this looks so easy, delicious and I love that it has less fat!

  10. This looks wonderful! I am on a caramelized onion kick lately! They are so good!! Your dip looks wonderful! I was thrilled to see it at #FoodieFridays...pinning and sharing!!

  11. Man I love a good dip and I'm always looking for a great new recipe, looks like I found one!

  12. Combination of cream,garlic and green Onion looks very fabulous and much tasteful recipe.
    Thanks For Sharing...


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