Chip Dip

With caramelized onions and bright herbs, this chip dip outshines the store-bought variety any day and is the perfect snack.

chip dip with potato chips
chip dip served with kettle chips

We are a pro chip and dip household. Whip a chip dip together when friends are over, for game day, or for a lazy dinner. 

Everyone needs a good chip dip recipe that is easy to make and equally delicious. You can’t go wrong with a chip and dip bowl, and we hope you make this caramelized onion dip your new go-to.

This sour cream chip dip is ultra-creamy and highly-craveable, so have a bag of potato chips on hand. This chip dip recipe with sour cream is a go-to of ours for any party, game day, or really any gathering that gives us an excuse to make this.


Beautifully caramelized onions are gently mixed together with sour cream, full fat yogurt, and mayo along with fresh herbs.

How to make chip dip

The first step is to caramelize onions. Slice yellow onions into medium thickness half-moons. Heat some butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.

Add onion and cook until golden brown, about 45 – 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the onions seem to be sticking to the pan, add a very small splash of water.

This may seem like a long time just for some onions in a dip, but I promise it’s worth it. 

onions mid-way through caramelization
onions mid-way through caramelization

The key to beautiful caramelized onions is time, so unfortunately this part can’t be rushed. I usually put on a podcast, watch a show, or find something else to do while they cook.

Once your onions are caramelized- dark, soft, and fragrant- remove from heat and scoop them into a bowl. Next, you’ll add your other ingredients:

  • Creamy, fatty things: We add a combo of Duke’s mayo, sour cream, and full-fat plain yogurt. 
  • Fresh herbs: Don’t be shy when adding chopped parsley, green onion, and dill.
  • Seasoning: salt, freshly ground pepper, and garlic powder- that’s all you need.
We used fresh dill, green onion, and parsley in our chip dip.

How to make a chip dip without sour cream

Whether you’re trying to cut back on sour cream, your digestive system isn’t a fan, or simply don’t have it on hand- have no fear. You can still make it taste amazing.

Our recipe uses a combo of mayo, full fat yogurt, and sour cream. However you could completely omit the sour cream and add more yogurt or mayo.

Sour cream adds a nice tang to the dip, but definitely don’t need it. Play around with the proportions of mayo and full-fat yogurt to suit your taste buds.

Another alternative to sour cream is using cream cheese. Obviously using cream cheese will add more sweetness, but you could balance it out with the mayo and/or full-fat yogurt.

Different kinds of chip dips

The world of chip dip recipes is vast, diverse, and we are here for all of it. Who doesn’t love a chip and dip platter? When I dip, you dip, we dip.

Different kinds of dips recipes can make raw fruits, veggies, crackers, and chips more flavorful and fun.

Cheese dips can be cream cheese based or feature other cheeses like cheddar or parmesan and can be enjoyed with chips, apples, pretzels, and more. 

chip dip with potato chips
chip dip with potato chips

Some of our favorite cheese dips include queso, spinach artichoke dip, cheesy skillet pizza dip, pimento cheese… I could be here all day.

There is also huge variation in the way dips are made- from baked in an oven to served cold. Our favorite baked dips include Buffalo chicken dip and bbq chicken dip.

Not all dips need to be loaded with cheese and dairy. Hello bean dips! You can’t go wrong with hummus or a bean dip made from refried beans. Seven layer dip anyone?

guacamole with tortilla chips
guacamole with tortilla chips

Try our amazing guacamole recipe next time you’re craving a healthy-ish dip. Other options include fresh salsa, tzatziki, Ranch Greek yogurt dip, and sweet potato hummus. 

Let us not forget sweet dips like chocolate hummus, caramel apple dip, peanut butter dip, and oven smores dip. Cream cheese dip recipes are great for sweet dips.

When is national chip and dip day

Mark your calendars for this important holiday, folks: March 23. Not to be confused with National Potato Chip Day March 14. Truly a month for snacking.

chip dip with potato chips

Chip Dip

Author: Maddy & JD – Them Bites
With caramelized onions and bright herbs, this creamy and satisfying chip dip outshines store-bought dip any day and is perfect for any occasion.
5 from 25 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 454 kcal


  • 3 medium yellow onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 tb unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayo
  • ½ cup full fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup fresh herbs, chopped dill, green onion, parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Instructions

  • Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, stir to coat in butter, and sprinkle with salt. Let them cook long enough to brown (don’t stir too often), but not so long that they burn- about 20 – 30 minutes. At this point, you may want to lower the heat a little or add a splash of water to prevent sticking. Continue to cook and stir occasionally until onions are a rich brown color- about another 10 – 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.
  • Roughly chop caramelized onions. Place about half of the onions into a processor with the yogurt. Blend until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, add the yogurt-onion mixture with sour cream, mayo, herbs, and seasoning. Gently fold in caramelized onions.
  • Enjoy at room temperature. Can last up to 3 days in the fridge. (The flavors develop after being refrigerated.)


Calories: 454kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 3gFat: 48gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 21gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 378mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 480IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 0.2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This homemade chip dip is amazing. I made this last Sunday and my entire family loved it and wanted more. Can’t wait to make again.

  2. 5 stars
    This dip rocks! I’m so tired of overpriced and yucky store-bought dips. I made this and it got gobbled up fast! I had to put out more chips!

  3. 5 stars
    This was one of those recipe that I just couldn’t stop. It was perfect. I’ll be makin it for family gatherings around the holidays

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