REAL Sour Cream & Onion Dip

There’s nothing like the Real Thing! Looking for a super tasty dip for chips and veggies? You can have ALL of the nostalgia, but with decidedly more flavor than from the off-the-shelf stuff! DIY your way to scrumptious snacking with REAL sour cream & onion dip.

Close up of Sour cream & onion dip on a potato chips

Normally this time of year I’m contemplating fun, fresh new recipes for football tailgates and early fall outdoor concerts.

Of course this Fall looks a little different, but I’m still craving those tasty party foods that I can’t get out of my mind. Dips, spreads, finger foods… SNACKING!

So I have to share one of my favorites!

Sour cream & onion dip in a bowl with potato chips

Sure, it’d be easier to tear open a flavor packet pouch and stir it into some sour cream. But I’ve got something SO. MUCH. BETTER.

The taste of real onions, slow cooked over low heat on the stovetop until soft, sweet, and caramelized – mixed with tangy sour cream and herbs and spices – it’s the dip your ruffled chip has been longing for all along.

Top down of Sour cream & onion dip in a bowl with potato chips

But wait, there’s more!

What else can you do with this REAL Sour Cream & Onion Dip?

  • I’ve smeared it on a juicy burger, hot off the grill, and it’s fantastic!
  • I’ve spread it inside a soft pita and stuffed it with falafel.
  • I’ve dolloped it alongside some rotisserie chicken!

Dipping a potato chip in a bowl of sour cream & onion dip

After all of the chip and dip snacking takes place, I defintiely CANNOT guarantee that you will have leftovers, but if you do, the possibilities abound.

Sour cream & onion dip in a bowl with potato chips

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REAL Sour Cream & Onion Dip

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Servings: 8


  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream 12 ounces
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Juice from 1 small lemon
  • ¼ cup Italian parsley chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Potato chips pita chips, or cut vegetables for serving


  • Heat a large saute pan with a lid over medium heat. Add the onion, thyme and salt and cook until softened, about 5 minutes, and just starting to brown. Turn the heat to low, cover with the lid, and cook for another 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently and checking to make sure they haven’t dried out or are burning. At the end of cooking they should be meltingly soft and a brownish color. You may need to adjust to heat to achieve the color (higher heat), or if they are getting too dark turn it down. If they dry out too much during cooking, you can add some water.
  • Remove the onions to a bowl and let cool. Add the sour cream, garlic powder, parsley, lemon juice, and plenty of freshly cracked black pepper, and stir to combine. Taste and add salt – you may need up to another ½ teaspoon. Serve immediately with chips or vegetables, or refrigerate for up to a day.

Tips & Tricks

  • Besides being a great party dip, this is also an excellent accompaniment to grilled meat, fish or chicken, or burgers.

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