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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