Hot Caramelized Onion Dip


I love going to restaurants and ordering a hot, cheesy dip as an appetizer. Of course, they usually come with bread that I can’t eat, so I ask for some raw veggies. When I  make things like this at home, I love to use endive leaves and celery sticks as dippers. And maybe homemade crackers, if I have the time. This gooey, cheesy caramelized onion dip is out of this world!

(15 votes, average: 3.53 out of 5)
Hot Caramelized Onion Dip


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar, divided
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate, leaving the drippings in the pan.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and add the onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are soft and caramelized (do not let them get crisp). This can take up to 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400F. In a large bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, 1 cup of the shredded cheese, thyme, and cayenne. Use a slotted spoon to scoop the onions from the pan into the bowl (otherwise it’s a little too greasy!).
  4. Spread the dip in a small (2 cup) baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake 15 minutes. Crumble the bacon over top and serve.

Yield: 8

Cholesterol: 41mg

Food energy: 245 kcal

Total fat: 20.55

Calories from fat: 184

Carbohydrate: 3.14g

Protein per serving: 7.73

Total dietary fiber: 0.40g

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2 years ago

Can you leave the mayo out?

3 years ago

Can you cook this in the microwave instead of the oven

Anne Clark
Anne Clark
3 years ago

Hi Caroline,
Just joined your site. Going low carb for health reasons. Your recipes look yummy. Any suggestions on how to make cranberry raspberry sauce? Ocean Spray made one but stopped. It wasn’t sugar free. My favorite ever
Hope you can help.
Btw..I come from Lexington. In Va for most of my life. But always say I’m a yankee from Boston (born there)
Looking forward to making cranberry raspberry sauce. Hope you can help!

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