Combine sweet caramelized onions and salty bacon for the perfect dip recipe
Try this easy recipe for an elevated take on traditional french onion dip. This dip combines Greek yogurt and mayonnaise for a lightened-up creamy base. Then, add in crispy bacon, caramelized onions, and some spices to create a flavorful and delicious recipe. This is the perfect game day, happy hour, or party appetizer. You can easily double or triple the recipe if you need to feed a crowd.
I always keep my eye out for the perfect appetizer recipes that I can make in a pinch. It needs to be a recipe that will be a huge hit, have really food flavor, and come together quickly.
This caramelized onion dip recipe with crispy bacon bits is exactly that!
Whether you're looking for a fun dip for game day (or the Super Bowl) or just to make for a casual hang out, I promise you're going to love this homemade french onion dip recipe.
What You'll Learn In This Recipe
With every recipe you make on my site, you'll learn new ways to improve in the kitchen. By making this recipe, you'll learn:
- How to caramelize onions (the right way).
- My secret trick for cooking bacon in the oven - it's a game changer. The best part is, it takes less work than pan frying.
- Tips for serving dip at a party including suggested serving sizes and what to serve alongside the dip.
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Ingredients You'll Need
Here are the simple ingredients you'll need for this dip recipe:
- Bacon: This is the secret ingredient that takes this dip up a notch! The pieces of bacon add crunch, salt, and lots of delicious flavor! You can prepare the slices of crumbled bacon a day ahead of time to save time when mixing up the dip.
- Yellow onion: You can't make this easy caramelized onion dip without onions! Make sure you pick out sweet onions at the grocery store. This variety of onion works the best!
- Extra virgin olive oil: This is the fat we'll use to caramelize the onions. You can also substitute with equal parts of butter.
- Whole milk plain Greek yogurt: I love using Greek yogurt to lighten up this dip recipe. It has great tang and pairs nicely with the other ingredients. Feel free to replace partly or entirely with sour cream.
- Mayonnaise: Another important part of the dip base is mayo. Any type of mayonnaise or Miracle Whip will work!
- Dried dill and Garlic powder: To really amp up the flavor, we're adding in some additional spices!
- Morton kosher salt and Black pepper: This recipe wouldn't be complete without the addition of salt and pepper.
Kitchen Tools & Equipment
Here is the equipment you'll need to make this delicious dip:
- Sheet Pan: This will be used to cook the bacon in the oven.
- Large Skillet or Cast Iron: You'll need some sort of pan to caramelize the onions.
- Silicone Spatula: Comes in handy when you're mixing up all the ingredients.
- Mixing Bowl: Add all the ingredients to this bowl, then mix everything up to form a cohesive dip.
- Serving Bowl: A serving bowl is a nice touch, especially if you're hosting a party. If it's just for you to eat at home, you can also place the dip in an airtight container so it's ready to store in the fridge.
How To Make This Recipe
Let me walk you through how to make this perfect party dip! I've got a few tricks that will make your life easier in the kitchen. Here are the simple steps you'll need to follow.
Cook The Bacon
For this recipe, I'm teaching you how to cook bacon in the oven. It's a really easy process that doesn't require you to babysit the bacon like when it's fried in a skillet.
First, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the bacon strips on the baking sheet and cook in a 400°F oven for 15 - 18 minutes until the bacon is nice and crispy.
If you have thick-cut bacon, make sure to add some additional cooking time.
While there are a variety of ways to cook bacon, the Kitchn recently tested the best tried & true methods for cooking bacon. I was happily surprised that my lazy girl way of cooking bacon actually resulted in the best tasting!
Dice & Caramelize The Onion
First, you'll want to cut the onion into a small dice (about ¼ inch pieces). An essential skill that every home chef needs to learn is how to properly dice an onion. With a sharp chef's knife, you can chop an onion in minutes. Here's how:
Next, it's time to caramelize the onions. This takes time and patience. It takes about 20 - 30 minutes to allow the onion to get golden brown (without burning).
Always caramelize onions on a lower heat setting to allow time for a rich brown color to form and delicious onion flavor.
Mix Everything Together
Once you've given the bacon and onions time to cool, you can mix all the ingredients to form the dip. The best way to do this is in a large bowl with a silicone spatula.
I also like to save a small amount of bacon to garnish the dip on top!
Once the dip is mixed together, give it time to chill in the fridge, about 30 minutes. This will allow all the flavors to come together. The longer the dip sits, the more the flavors marinade together.
When you're ready to serve, scoop the dip into a serving bowl and enjoy! The dip can last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, which makes it an ideal make-ahead party dip.
What To Serve Alongside Caramelized Onion Dip
One of the reasons this is my favorite dip recipe is because it can easily be served alongside any of your favorite dippers including:
- Potato Chips - I prefer plain Lay's but you can select your chip of choice
- Tortilla Chips
- Baguette Slices
- Bagel Chips
- Corn Chips like Fritos
- Pita Chips or Wedges
- Crackers - any of your favorite buttery crackers such as Ritz
- Fresh veggies (crudités) such as carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, or cauliflower
If you're trying to impress your guests for a party, serve this dip in a bread bowl to level up the presentation.
Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, absolutely! It will give the dip a slightly different taste. It's up to personal preference whether you'd prefer to use Greek yogurt or sour cream.
I'd recommend making about 3 ounces of dip per person. Be sure to check out my party serving sizes guide for more recommendations!
Yes, the dip will stay good in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Other Crowd Pleaser Dip Recipes
Good news! If you love dip as much as I do, I have other tasty dip recipes you should try:
- If you only have a bit of time to prepare an appetizer, try this 10 minute Whipped Spicy Feta Dip. You can prepare it last minute for a party!
- This addictive dip recipe is filled with flavors from dried herbs and a kick of spice from Calabrian chili paste. Baslsamic Dipping Oil is perfect served with a crusty baguette.
- Cast Iron Skillet Three Cheese Queso is made with a cream cheese, yellow cheddar, and white cheddar blend together for a perfectly smooth cheese dip.
- Whether you need a fancy dip for holiday parties or a dinner party, try this Hummus Platter with three flavors of silky smooth hummus.
Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip
- Heat oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Lay bacon strips on a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil. Cook for 15 - 18 minutes until bacon is golden brown and crispy. Place cooked bacon on a bed of paper towels to soak up the grease. Chop into bite-sized pieces.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add onion and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook onions, stirring often, until the onions are a golden color, about 20 minutes. Remove onions from skillet and allow to cool.
- Combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic powder, dill, salt, pepper, and cooled bacon and onions in a medium mixing bowl. Stir until fully incorporated.
- Place the mixing bowl covered in plastic wrap in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes. Serve alongside chips, crackers, or crudités.