Homemade Onion Dip

Whenever I get a craving for something salty, I could walk to the tiendita that is just a couple of houses down from my house, to buy a bag of chips. But I would much rather walk to El Jardin, which is about 3 blocks away, to buy a bag of freshly made potato chips, fried to order, on the spot.

Traditionally, these homemade potato chips are topped with salt, freshly squeezed lime juice and lots of bottled hot sauce.  While chips with limon y sal (lime and salt) are quite delicious, there are times when I crave something more.

Like a creamy dip.

When I was growing up, my grandmother always had a bowl of dip in the fridge and a stash of flavor packets in the pantry to make more.

Those little flavor packets aren't available in my pueblito, so I was often left with el antojo (the craving).  Never did it occur to me that I could make a flavorful dip without one of those little flavor packets.  But that all changed when I saw this recipe for onion dip on the King Arthur Flour blog.

A super easy recipe, with ingredients I usually have on hand.  I had to make a couple of changes, like substituting Mexican Crema for the sour cream.  And I left out a few other minor ingredients, like mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce.  But the end result was absolutely delicious and a recipe that the entire family, including my in-laws, has come to love.

This Homemade Onion Dip is great with chips, crackers, raw veggies and even french fries.  But it also makes a great spread for sandwiches or burgers. 

Homemade Onion Dip 1

Homemade Onion Dip
(slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour)

  • 6 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Mexican crema 
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken broth

Chop the onion. 

French Onion Dip Prep 2

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and sauté until light golden brown.  Carefully pour in the water.  Let the onion mixture simmer until all of the liquid has absorbed.  Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

French Onion Dip Prep 2

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and Mexican crema with an electric mixer.

French Onion Dip Prep 3

Stir in the cooled onion mixture; season with salt.

French Onion Dip Prep 4

Serve with potato chips or crackers.  Enjoy!!!

Homemade Onion Dip 2



  1. So easy to make and it looks delicious, thanks for sharing, I have to try it :)

  2. I love onion dip with chips.  I normally use the Lipton packet, but this way there aren't any preservatives or mystery ingredients.  Thanks for posting it!

  3. I actually like the sound of this even more than the onion dip made with seasoning packets (not that I don't eat that kind as well, but...).  Glad to hear it passed with flying colors. I bet our whole fam would devour it, too.

  4. I LOVE those fresh papitas from the street vendors. I really LOVE onion dip, thanks for the recipe.
    Here I can buy at all the grocery stores, Crema pura de vaca acidificada, it is LaLa brand.  Can you not get that there where you live?  To me this is sour cream, not sure how it translates lol; but it is what I use for sour cream and tastes the same to me.

  5. Looks delish Leslie!! gimmmmeeee some.:)))

  6. Hi Leslie, do you use the crema Nortena or the Lala crema acidificada?

  7. I use whatever Crema is available at the tiendita! :)  LALA brand crema works great with this recipe. :)