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French Onion Dip

unprocessed french onion dip and tortilla chips

Earlier this month I did a guest post for Andrew Wilder’s Eating Rules.  His October Unprocessed Challenge has now come to a close but everything about the challenge has left me more informed and more inspired than ever to get in the kitchen and cook from scratch.

Which is why I chose today one of my favorite junk foods ever: French Onion dip.  I blame my man for this; as one of three brothers, they grew up on Costco bulk foods, and hoards and hoards of snacks.  One of their certain favorites has been Fritos and Lipton’s French Onion Dip mixed in a tub with sour cream, and presto!  Gourmet French Onion dip, right?!  Wrong.  Dead wrong.  Upon closer inspection, this packet of powdered dust that is neither French nor Onion, contains the following ingredients:

package of lipton's french onion soup mix

ingredients on a package of Lipton's French Onion Mix

Of these ingredients, five can be derived from corn.  And, for those of you vegetarians, take note that disodium inosinate is a food additive primarily derived from meat, fish, or tapioca starch.  Similar to rennet, companies are not required to label the additive’s origin.  So, you don’t know whether the additive comes from meat, fish, or tapioca.  I also found it interesting that after a 30-minute long exhaustive search on the Lipton website, the ingredients list for this dip was nowhere to be found.  I ended up walking to a nearby supermarket and snapping a pic of the ingredients on the back of a package of the stuff.  Hmm, mere oversight by the Lipton team?  Possibly?  Well no, not likely.

Instead, I’d rather have an unprocessed french onion dip made with ingredients I can trust, and pronounce.  This recipe is inspired by Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship.  Her rendition of this dip was featured in Andrew Wilder’s recentOctober Unprocessed Challenge.  I only changed it in one way, doubling up on the onions because there’s not much more I love than the taste of ooey, gooey caramelized onions.  For the tortilla chips, I chose Garden of Eatin’s Mini Yellow Corn Rounds.  They are both certified organic and non-GMO.  Eat on fellow unprocessed folks and bask in the glow of knowing what the hell is in your food!

ingredients in a silver bowl for unprocessed french onion dip


French Onion Dip

Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly
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After making this delicious, unprocessed french onion dip, you'll never go back to that weird packaged powder stuff again.


  • 2 cups onion (diced)
  • 4 tablespoons organic butter
  • 1 cup organic sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 heaped teaspoon parsley (dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • dash cayenne pepper


Be sure to let the flavors mix for about an hour before serving.  It's just best that way!


Step 1
In a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and saute, stirring frequently for several minutes until softened.
Step 2
Turn the heat to low-medium and let the onions cook, stirring occasionally until they caramelize and smell delicious. This takes about 25 minutes.
Step 3
Turn the heat off and allow the onions to cool. Then, in a medium-sized bowl, combine the onions with the sour cream and spices. Wait at least an hour to let all the flavors meld before serving.
Step 4
Turn the heat off and allow the onions to cool.
Step 5
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the onions with the sour cream and spices.
Step 6
Wait at least an hour to let all the flavors meld.

  post signature for the unprocess reading with gratitude, tina

Responses (2)

  1. Rena Kinne says:

    i really love to taste some onion dips on my crackers or fries.*

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