Caramelized Onion Dip – Every great party needs a great dip. This homemade caramelized onion chip dip – with bacon and scallions! –  IS IT.

Bacon, Scallion and Caramelized Onion Dip

If you’re having a party and inviting me to it, please, don’t sit me next to the onion dip. I swear, onion dip is my diet-busting downfall.

And to be brutally honest, I don’t care if it’s made with a package of dry soup mix or it’s plopped into a bowl from a container from the dairy aisle. It’s really the cold and creamy sour cream that makes onion dip so addicting for me.


Bacon Scallion Caramelized Onion Dip

But this homemade version is a little different.

Well, I guess it’s lot different since it’s a bacon, scallion, and caramelized onion dip and not made from a package. Plus?!

Yup – bacon and caramelized onions?!!!

Bacon, Scallion and Caramelized Onion Dip

How to make caramelized onions

I showed you how to make caramelized onions a few weeks ago and this dip recipe was the primary reason why I wanted to finally get my caramelized onions right. When they are the star of a dish, they had better be right!

How to Caramelize Onions

So you’re going to want to take your time in making these onions. They’ll take about 45 minutes to cook down.

But, they’ll keep well in the fridge for a couple of days if you want to make them ahead of time. Or, you could also make the whole dip a few days ahead of when you’ll need it.

This will also allow all of those delicious dip flavors to meld together. YUM!!

Onion Dip Ingredients Without a Dry Packet Mix

You’ll use a batch of those caramelized onions and mix them up with some crumbled baaaaacon, scallions, sour cream, cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper. When an caramelized onion dip recipe is THIS easy, there’s no need for those dry, over-processed onion soup packet mixes to make your beloved onion dip anymore!

caramelized onion dip

So that’s it, friends! Homemade caramelized onion dip – done and done!

And yeah, you’re gonna have to keep me away from this dip too. It’s dangerous!!

Bacon, Scallion and Caramelized Onion Dip

Bacon, Scallion and Caramelized Onion Dip

Yield: about 2 cups
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

Caramelized onion dip is the key to every great party! And every great party needs a great dip, yes? This homemade caramelized onion dip - with bacon and scallions! - IS IT!


  • 1 cup caramelized onions, cooled
  • 6 slices bacon (about 6 ounces), cut into ¼-inch pieces, cooked crisp
  • 3 scallions, green and white parts, minced
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 ¾ cups sour cream or Greek yogurt (or a combination of the two)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Stir all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Chill for at least 20 minutes (or up to 3 days) before serving.


You can make your caramelized onions up to 2 days in advance and keep them in the fridge until you're ready to use them.

adapted from The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook

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  • Liz
    March 26, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I so hear you about the dip! If I start eating it with chips (or veggies for that matter) I can’t seem to stop! Can’t wait to try this recipe…..awesome! 🙂

  • March 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    This sounds really amazing! I am a huge onion dip fan too… and add bacon? HECK YES!

  • March 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Yeah, that looks insanely dangerous!

  • Delia
    March 26, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I make onion dip quite often and never thought to add bacon. Looks so good!

  • Melinda
    March 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Can I just tell you that you have been on FIRE lately??!! Every single recipe or how-to you’ve posted recently has made me want to rush home (yeah, I’m slacking off at work) and cook! Thanks for all this yummy inspiration!

    • March 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Thank you, Melinda! That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling about getting home to cook recently too. Being excited about what we’re making here really helps keep things lively on the blog. Thanks so much for your sweet comment…and watch out later this week – I’ve got a couple more doozies up my sleeve. 🙂

  • April 27, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Oh my! What a great looking dip. Pinning this to remind me to make this. Looks delicious!

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    So glad you liked it!

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  • Phumzile
    February 18, 2020 at 9:13 AM

    Wow! I love the receipts, I will definitely try it.

  • Jo
    September 26, 2020 at 9:51 PM

    I made this for a small birthday gathering today. It was gone in 10 minutes!! Next time I am going to need to double the recipe. So good!!

    • Tara
      September 28, 2020 at 10:29 AM

      So great to hear this, Jo! This dip flies off my table every time!