This smoky and creamy caramelized onion and bacon dip will knock you off your feet! It’s the perfect dip for your next gathering. Serve it with your favorite potato chips for an appetizer that your friends and family won’t be able to stop eating.
If you’ve made caramelized onions before, you know they do take a bit of time to cook, about 45 minutes on low. The good news is that they are low maintenance as they cook and most importantly, you can make them ahead of time.
This caramelized onion and bacon dip is so packed with flavor, you’ll never be able to find anything like this in the store!
A quick overview of what we’ll be using in this recipe and why. The full detailed recipe is below toward the bottom.
Onions – any will do, white, yellow, red onions, or even shallots. This dip is very forgiving.
Fresh Garlic – it sounds intimidating and potent, but I promise it’s not. It adds a lot of herby flavor and it’s just enough for a hint of garlic.
Bacon – for the perfect crunch and smokiness.
Cream Cheese – just a half of a block so this dip doesn’t get too thick.
Sour Cream – the perfect light and creamy base.
Mayo – balances out the tanginess of the sour cream and makes it more dippable.
Flavor – onion powder, salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes, Worcestershire, white wine.
How Do You Make Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip?
Check out how easily this dip comes together:
- Caramelize onions and cook bacon – the caramelization takes 45 minutes, so plan accordingly. You can make these ahead and store them in the fridge.
- Cream together the mayo, sour cream and cream cheese. Add the spices.
- Mix the savory sweet onion pieces with creamy base and fold in remaining ingredients.
- Time to dip! This french onion dip has the most incredible flavors making it hard to put down this dip.
How to Perfectly Caramelizing Onions
To make jammy, perfectly sweet onions for this caramelized onion and bacon dip takes a bit of time and it cannot be rushed. I always look for shortcuts but the only feasible one (that doesn’t compromise the flavor) is to make these ahead and store them in the fridge a day or two before making your dip. I just recommend reheating them to warm to release the solids and flavor back into the onions.
To make perfect caramelized onions, you’ll need:
- Use a large skillet
- Slice your onions thin or chop them
- Add in a few tablespoons of butter
- Splash in wine as they cook
- Low heat and lots of time is needed
You’ll be amazed at how deeply rich the flavor of these onions become once they cook low and slow. They’ll also become 1/16 of the volume they were when you got started 🙂
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Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip
- 6 strips of bacon cooked crisp and minced
- 3 onions thinly sliced or chopped (any variety works)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 1 1/4 cup sour cream
- 4 oz cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 green onions white and green parts
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
- Chips for dipping
- In a large skillet over medium-low, add butter to melt. Add in all of the onions and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Add in the wine, a few splashes at a time (it will evaporate). Turn heat to low and allow onions to continue to cook until amber brown. Let cool to warm.
- Cream together the mayo, sour cream and cream cheese. Add in green onions (reserving a pinch for topping), garlic, worcestershire, and all the seasonings. Mix well until creamy and smooth.
- Fold in most of the bacon and caramelized onions. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed. Sprinkle with remaining bacon and green onions.
- Serve with chips!