Bacon Onion Dip

Onion Dip...With Bacon

Bacon Onion Dip

What Is Bacon Onion Dip?

Bacon onion dip is a savory and creamy dip that typically contains a base of sour cream, mayonnaise, or cream cheese, as well as bacon, onions, and various seasonings. The bacon and onions are usually cooked until they are caramelized and then mixed into the creamy base, creating a rich and flavorful dip that is often served with crackers, chips, pita chips, or vegetables.


This dip is super easy to prepare and is an excellent choice to take to gatherings.

Ingredients For Bacon Onion Dip


2 Sweet Onions

1/4 cup Green Onions

1/4 cup Fresh Dill


1/4 Cup of Mayonnaise

8 oz Cream Cheese

1 Cup of Sour Cream

4 tbs Butter


1 tbsp White Wine Vinegar


8 Slices of Bacon


1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Black Pepper

How To Make Bacon Onion Dip

Step 1

Prep Produce & Dice Meat



Begin the bacon onion dip recipe by tackling the initial prep work of slicing your produce and setting it aside. For this step, you’ll need to dice:


  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4 Cup of Fresh Dill
  • 1/4 Cup of Green Onions
  • 1/4 Cup of Fresh Chives


The one ingredient I don’t use too often is the fresh dill, but it makes the dip taste fresh and balances the strong flavors. Dill tastes a bit sweet and tangy, like licorice. It also smells good, making the dip more enjoyable.



Next, you’ll want to cut your bacon into bite size pieces.

Step 2

Cook Bacon & Onion







Cooking bacon in smaller pieces for bacon onion dip has benefits. It quickens the cooking process as these pieces cook more evenly and rapidly, useful for large batches. Smaller pieces are also more versatile for various dishes, from scrambled eggs to pizzas, and help in managing portion sizes, which is good for diet control. Additionally, they reduce kitchen mess and splattering, making cleanup easier.


Make sure your delicious bacon is cooked through and reasonably crispy. Once your bacon is cooked to your liking, make sure you drain the bacon grease from the skillet. The flavor will still exist, but we don’t want too much grease to ruin this dip…it’s already on the rather unhealthy side.


Whatever you do, don’t settle for bacon bits as a substitute, that’s just unacceptable.



Once you’ve drained your bacon grease, add in the 4 tbsp of butter to the skillet and begin to cook your onions on medium-low heat.



Once your onions have cooked for about 2-3 minutes add in the freshly minced garlic. After that has cooked for an additional 2-3 minutes, add in 2 tsp of the white wine vinegar.


Adding white wine vinegar to sautéed onions can provide several benefits. Firstly, it can enhance the flavor of the dish by adding a tangy, acidic taste that helps balance the sweetness of the onions and adds depth to the overall flavor. Secondly, the acidity in the vinegar can help soften the onions, making them tender and easy to eat. This is because the acid helps break down the fibers in the onions, resulting in a softer texture.


Additionally, white wine vinegar can help deglaze the pan and loosen any browned bits of onion that may be stuck to the bottom. This can prevent burning and scorching, and it can also add additional flavor to the dish. Finally, white wine vinegar is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes beyond sautéed onions. It can be added to salad dressings, marinades, and sauces, and it can be used to add acidity to a variety of dishes.




Cook the onions for roughly 20 minutes, mixing periodically and until it has developed some brown color to it.

Step 3

Combine Ingredients



Start building the base of your dip by combining a few ingredients:


  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 8 oz of cream cheese


Make sure you let these ingredients sit out out a few minutes before combining, especially the cream cheese. Softening cream cheese before adding it to a recipe such as dip is an important step for several reasons. First, softened cream cheese is much easier to mix and blend with other ingredients. Trying to mix cold, hard cream cheese into a dip can be lumpy and difficult to incorporate, which can affect the texture and overall quality of the dip.


Second, softened cream cheese can help create a smoother, more consistent texture in dips and other recipes. When cream cheese is too cold or hard, it can create pockets of dense, unblended cheese in the dip, which can be unappetizing.


Third, softened cream cheese can bring out the full flavor of the dip. When cream cheese is too cold, it can have a slightly bland or chalky taste that can detract from the overall flavor of the dip. Softened cream cheese, on the other hand, has a richer, creamier flavor that can complement other ingredients and make the dip more delicious.


Fourth, softening cream cheese can help you avoid overmixing the dip. Overmixing can cause the dip to become too thin and runny, which can be difficult to fix. By softening the cream cheese first, you can ensure that it blends easily with the other ingredients, without the need for excessive mixing.



Then, add in your golden brown caramelized onions.



Then, add your bacon and begin to mix everything. These warm ingredients will make it easier for it to soften the cream cheese to make it not so strenuous to stir.





Once the bacon and onions have been stirred evenly, it’s time to add the fresh produce to get this dip some herbariums flavors. Combine:


  • 1/4 cup dill
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chives
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tsp lemon juice (optional)


Once this has mixed, make sure you let it sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to help solidify and let the flavors develop while chilling. Refrigerating a dip before serving can be advantageous in several ways. Firstly, it allows the flavors of the dip to meld together, resulting in a more cohesive and flavorful dip. The texture of the dip may improve as the ingredients thicken and the flavors become more concentrated.


Also, preparing a dip ahead of time can save time when entertaining, freeing you up to attend to other aspects of the party. Having a pre-made dip on hand can also make entertaining easier and more stress-free. 

Step 4

Enjoy Your Bacon Onion Dip!



If you’re feeling fancy, top the dip with some additional pieces of chopped bacon along with some chives to provide some visual contrast. This is a great dip to bring to parties like the super bowl, or just share with family and friends. Just don’t forget the potatoes chips to go with it as well.



Step 5

This dip reminds me a lot of Heluva Good French Onion Dip, both savory and flavorful dips that are often served as appetizers. They share a similar base of sour cream or cream cheese, and both include onions, but the addition of bacon in this dip gives it a distinct and bold flavor that French onion dip lacks.


The origin of this dip is not entirely clear, but it is believed to have been created in the United States in the mid-20th century. Dips were becoming increasingly popular at this time, and the addition of bacon and caramelized onions to a creamy dip was a delicious and savory combination that quickly became a favorite among party-goers and home cooks alike.


Over time, variations of the dip emerged, with some recipes adding additional ingredients like cheese, sour cream, or mayonnaise. Today, this dip remains a popular appetizer and party food, often served with chips, crackers, or vegetables for dipping.

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More About Bacon Onion Dip

The exact origins of this onion and bacon dip are unclear, but it’s generally accepted that it hails from the United States. Typically comprising a delectable mix of succulent crispy bacon, sweet caramelized onions, smooth sour cream, and creamy mayonnaise, this dip is a favored appetizer or snack.


The evolution of this dish likely stems from a fusion of other beloved American dips, such as classic onion dip and spinach dip. The addition of bacon, with its rich, savory taste and satisfying crunch, along with caramelized onions for their sweet and tangy depth, elevates the flavor profile.


This onion and bacon dip has gained popularity as a party staple, commonly served with a variety of dippers like chips, crackers, or crisp vegetables. Its adaptability allows for creative variations with different herbs, assorted cheeses, or additional elements like diced jalapeños or roasted garlic for an extra kick.