Dig into this Creamy and Dreamy Caramelized Onion Dip

This caramelized onion dip is creamy, flavorful, and easy to make.

You're going to love this delicious and easy Caramelized Onion Dip!

Low and slow is the way to go with this caramelized onion dip. It takes about 40 minutes to cook the onions down, but it’ll be oh-so worth it in the end. Once you get that golden-brown color, cook them for just a little bit longer to ensure they’re dark, sweet, soft, and smell amazing. This budget-friendly, vegetarian dip is great for holiday get-togethers, summer BBQs, Super Bowl parties, etc. Trust me, your guests will be bugging you for this caramelized onion dip recipe.

It’s So Easy to Make!

Congratulations! Yuo've just met your new favorite dip!

The onions may take some time, but after that, all you do is mix all the ingredients together, and you’re done! Just make sure to add the Worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar 10 minutes before the onions are done. This will add some tangy, savory, sweet, salty, and acidic flavors to give it that umami taste. We’ve also substituted the usual cream cheese and sour cream used in this recipe for Neufchatel cheese and Greek yogurt. This brings down the milk fat percentage and the number of calories. However, if you can’t find Neufchatel, low-fat cream cheese works perfectly fine!

Caramelized Onion Mistakes

This creamy and savory appetizer is sure to impress all your guests.

While caramelized onions aren’t too tricky to make, there are some common mistakes people make while preparing them. Here are the most common mistakes:

  • Slicing onions too thin – they have a tendency to slick to the bottom of the pan and burn more easily when sliced too thin.
  • Only using butter – butter has a lower smoking point. Adding olive oil brings that smoke point up so the butter doesn’t burn.
  • Using a small pan – avoid crowding the pan. This will create more steam, and your onions will take much longer to caramelize.
  • Sauteing the onions – you want the natural sugars to come out of the onions. This requires you to keep the burner on medium-low throughout the cooking process.
  • Forgetting to deglaze – as I mentioned before, don’t skip the Worcestershire and balsamic vinegar at the end. This will lift all the tasty flavors stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  • Not cooking them long enough – if you think the onions are done, give them 10 more minutes just to be sure. They should be dark and soft but not too mushy.

What to Dip in Your Caramelized Onion Dip

Use this dip recipe for crackers, pita, veggies, and more!

While caramelized onion dip is certainly deliciously addicting, it’s not the most appealing dip to the eye. But you can make it look more appealing by including the dip on a platter full of colorful dipping foods. I like to place the bowl of dip in the middle of a cutting board surrounded by sliced heirloom carrots, bell peppers, celery, radishes, cauliflower, and whole cherry tomatoes. Add in a couple of bowls of chips, crackers, pretzels, and marinated artichoke hearts, and you have a platter that’s delicious, healthy, and looks amazing. It’ll be the star of happy hour!

If you enjoyed our caramelized onion dip, you might like to try these skinny appetizer dips as well:

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Rebecca R. Ammons

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