Caramelized Onion Dip

Sweet and tangy caramelized onions shine in this dip. Pair with you favorite vegetables or chips for a perfect party appetizer. 

Caramelized Onion Dip 1

A few weeks ago some friends and I stayed at a cabin in the Smoky Mountains and for dinner we put together some homemade pizzas. As topping for one we were caramelizing onions – or so we thought. As I took a turn stirring the onions I noticed that they were pretty dry and had a chalky white residue. A couple more stirs and the end of the spatula broke off. Evidently it was not a heat proof spatula and it had been melting into the onions the entire time. I have not seen a non-heat proof spatula in years and it didn’t occur to any of us to check it to be sure. Alas those onions were tossed out but we still made some amazing pizzas.

Rest assured that when I cooked the caramelized onions for this dip, I used the proper tools. Thank goodness too because this dip was so much more than I has imagined. It knocks the pants off of any dip you could buy from the grocery store. Dare I say, the best onion dip I’ve ever had.

Caramelized Onion Dip 2

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Makes about 2 cups


1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 Tbsp salted butter

2 medium vidalia onions, chopped (about 3 cups)

1 tsp salt, divided

2 tsp brown sugar

8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 2% Chobani)

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 garlic powder


  1. In a large skillet, add olive oil and butter over medium-low heat. Once melted, add in chopped onions with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and stir until coated in the oil mixture. Cover and cook for 45 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes. After 45 minutes, stir in 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and let cook for 5 minutes more. Remove onions from heat and stir in remaining brown sugar.
  2. In a large bowl, blend together cream cheese, yogurt, remaining salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Fold in onions, taste and add more seasoning if desired. Serve with chips, pretzels or veggies.

Source: Adapted from How Sweet It Is.


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