This recipe is a homemade onion dip mix that can also be used for onion soup, like the packaged stuff. One of my weaknesses is my homemade onion dip. I can pack onion dip away if not watched. laughing… I am not a big chip-eater, but a bag of tortilla chips, or even a good potato chip with a bowl of the homemade onion dip, and, well… yum!
Whenever we visit my daughter, she has a batch of this ready for the day we arrive. I found out my granddaughter loves this recipe. I had it ready for her when they arrived. This is very naughty, my great-grandbaby adored the onion dip. laughing… Maybe we are becoming an onion dip cult?
I was not fond of the soup package mix for onion dip, especially of all of the additives. What IS some of that stuff?! I found and tweaked a homemade version of the mix that has now become a family favorite as I stated above. It is very easy to whip up a batch. Having the dry mix on hand for when company pops in can be very handy.
It is very hard to find organic beef bouillon powder. I ended up getting some of the powder from a dehydration company that is popular with prepper’s. I have not tried Better Than Beef Bouillon yet. I will give options for what you can find locally for that part of the recipe.
Update: I tried the organic Better than Beef Bouillon! It is delicious! I noted the change in amounts for the bouillon. You need more of the Better than Beef Bouillon than the regular bouillon powder. The Better than Beef Bouillon is less salty and not as strong in flavor. Regular bouillon tends to be saltier. A sploosh of worcestershire sauce MAY add to the flavor if using Better than Beef Bouillon. I would try 1/2 tsp at first. I have not experimented with it yet. I’ll update the recipe if so.
Homemade Onion Dip Mix
… Or for soup if you want.
1 tbsp beef bouillon powder*
or 1 tbsp + 1 tsp organic Better than Beef Bouillon**
2 tbsp + 2 tsp dehydrated minced onions
1 tsp onion powder (NOT onion salt!)
1/4 tsp pepper
1 lb (16 oz) sour cream
Mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly in a bowl, cover and put into the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour.
If you want to make any adjustments, wait until the dip has been chilled. Give it a stir, taste and go from there. If you do it before chilling, it can be too salty or over-powering. Bouillon tends to be salty enough on its own and that is why no additions of salt are called for.
*You can also use 3 beef bouillon cubes you have crushed very well.
**Better Than Beef Bouillon is a thick paste, I would suggest mixing in a little sour cream at a time until it becomes creamy and easier to blend it all together smoothly.
Since the paste is more mild in flavor than the powder or cubes, you need the full 4 tsp for the recipe. I would chill it for an hour, taste and adjust it then. The original recipe used 4 tsp of beef bouillon powder. We found it too salty and strong to the point of almost being nauseating.
If you want to double the recipe, buy TWO 16oz cartons! The large carton is 4 ounces short of two full pounds (32 ounces).
If you want to make “soup” with the recipe, mix into 4 cups of water and warm until the dried onion rehydrates. You may want to add the extra 1 tsp of bouillon powder if making a soup, along with some herbs, or even some vegetables.
This recipe, minus the sour cream of course, can be mixed ahead and stored in plastic bags. During the holidays, if you use the dry bouillon powder, the small 4-ounce canning jars could be used for two recipes-worth of the onion dip mix. It would be a nice present for a new cook or a good friend. Or someone like me who adores onion dip. ;D