Classic Lipton's Onion Soup Dip

Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip

Did you grow up with this Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip made from Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix and Sour Cream? I did, and we considered it a real treat at our house. Served, of course, with Lay’s Potato Chips, the ridged ones. Or maybe it WAS Ruffles, as Kathryn pointed out in her comment. I don’t think Lay’s Wavy was out way back when in the ’60’s! I guess it doesn’t matter, because you can serve your Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip with either – or with other things, too. Maybe some veggies or those little crostini you can buy at the store. I dunno, whatever you want. I’ll have my Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix with chips!

Classic Lipton's Onion Soup Dip

French Onion Dip made with Home-Made Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix

It’s been years, decades even since I’ve made or even tasted this Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip, so I couldn’t resist trying it out with my home-made version of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix. I went a little cray cray with my Homemade Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix and have made a few classic old school recipes. I made Mom’s Pot Roast and that slow cooker recipe for BBQ Pork or Brisket, too, and I swear they were all so much better than I remembered. I even started a little Collection of Lipton Onion Soup Recipes I’ve made so far.

About Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip:

So what was the verdict on this Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip? Well, it elicited an enthusiastic little moan from my 86 year old Dad. I’ll take that as a “yes” vote. And me? I was like, “Dang. It really IS good.” Yeah, food snob me was surprised that something so old school, something so easy to make could be so good. And so easy it’s dangerous…be sure to use a great sour cream for the best results.

I’m not sure if it was my homemade Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix that really gave this dip a bit of an edge, but I’d like to think so! (You can make this with the Lipton’s Packet, too!) That homemade Soup Mix is a super easy recipe, too – it’s just a matter of having the ingredients on hand, so you’ll want to check that you do. For instance, normally, I don’t have onion flakes in my pantry, or at least I didn’t before I started making the soup mix. Now I always have those onion flakes!

Home-Made Onion Soup Mix - Lower Sodium

Home-made Onion Soup Mix

Making Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip:

So there is nothing to making your Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip. Just mix it up, taste it and make sure you put just the right amount of the mix in the sour cream for your tastes and let it sit for a while. Preferably about an hour or so in the fridge if you can stand to wait. That softens up those onion flakes a bit and melds all those flavors together.

Do you live in one of those areas of the country where the only sour cream you can buy is the thinner sort? That used to be the case here in Minnesota, so I don’t know if that’s a thing where you live. If it is or if you don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a premium brand of sour cream, line a strainer with a paper towel or cheesecloth and strain it in the fridge for an hour or more until the consistency of your sour cream is nice and thick.

Saving Money & Other Options for Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip:

First of all, Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip beat the pants off any store-bought dip I’ve had…and was much cheaper! The mark up on a store-bought dip is incredible. Watch for sour cream on sale, usually around every holiday. Sour cream keeps for weeks and stays fresher if it is stored upside down. It might be a bit messy when it’s opened, but try it and see if you don’t notice a huge difference in the freshness.

As far as the actual Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix for this dip, check for your spices and herbs in the bulk section of the store and they may very well cost less. The best part of that homemade mix is that you can control the ingredients, especially the bullion. Go for something inexpensive or if it’s your jam, go for high end organic, or something in between. And if you don’t want to make your own Lipton’s Soup Mix, you’re always welcome to just buy a packet.

Now, I’m not going to ever imply that Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip is an absolute match to my recipes with the slowly cooked caramelized onions, but it has a definite place in my repertoire of Onion Dips – and I know I’ll probably be making my Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip a lot more often than those that take so much work and time.

If you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated than Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip, and have a bit more time on your hands and don’t mind caramelizing onions, check out my Caramelized Onion Dips. You can follow the links at the bottom of the page, too. One version is a definitive classic Caramelized Onion Dip, another has bacon – yes, bacon! The last is my healthier skinny Caramelized Onion Dip made with Greek yogurt.


Classic Lipton's Onion Soup Dip

French Onion Dip made with Home-Made Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix


Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip

The Classic, cool creamy dip!

  • Total Time: 5 minutes + chill
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x




Mix together, chill if desired. If time allows, let sit for 30 minutes to an hour in the fridge before serving.


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I’ll be bringing this dip over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #157, co-hosted this week by Andrea @ Cooking with a Wallflower and Su @ Su’s Healthy Living. Thanks, ladies, for making this link party possible!

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46 thoughts on “Classic Lipton’s Onion Soup Dip


    I am trying to find a recipe everyone used back in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It was a very basic French Onion Soup. IF memory serves me, it was a pack of the Lipton onion soup mixed with Campbell’s canned beef broth. Then add the French bread slices on top with the cheese over the whole dish, and bake until hot/cheese melted. Somehow, this sounds right, but somehow it sounds too simple. But, I DO remember it was wildly popular BECAUSE it was so simple. Can you possibly help me, please ? Thank you. Carol Cole in Atlanta

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Hi Carol let me do some checking. I think my mom used to make something like that every now and then I think it might have had cambells beef consomme in it.

      If I remember, which isn’t always a given these days, you didn’t have to cut and cook the onions for this simple soup. This is the closest I can find. This one was on Lipton Recipe Secrets (the official site for Lipton) No Campbell’s beef soup or consomme though but maybe you could replace some of the water?

      These are a little more complicated but might be worth a peek.

      1) Ok, this one came up for me. I’m guessing you wouldn’t want to use the pumpernickel.

      2) This one is from the Campbell’s site but doesn’t have the Lipton. Looked good though!:

      There is a google advanced search (literally just type Advanced Search into your google bar) that lets you filter out results in your searches. For instance, you can list the phrase Lipton Onion Soup and then tell it you don’t want results for pot roast, dip, and so on, but you do want results that include the word Campbells. I started with that advanced search. You might want to play around with that a little more.

      I hope that helps! You’ll have to let me know if you find it and how it turned out…maybe it should go on my site, lol!!


      • Cheryl

        I have made this for years. Grew up with this recipe in the 60’s when my mother made it. I continue to use this recipe, its a family favorite, my kids & grandchildren continue to use this recipe Once you have this you will never buy the store bought..

        • FrugalHausfrau

          Hi Cheryl thanks for the shout out! Same here. Mom always made this At least until I was a teenager and we’d have sleepovers and make it ourselves.

  2. Emily Santos

    They passing out samples at Costco. The rep said mix half sour cream and half mayo but box just says add half cup mayo. So do u cut down half on the sour cream?

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    • Hi Cecilia – I maybe should have been more clear. Most people don’t actually make soup with this – it is usually added to recipes as a flavoring. I suppose in a pinch it could be made up as soup. Like when you are snowed in at a mountain cabin and there is nothing else to eat. 🙂

    • I almost always bring either my Banana Sheetcake or Chocolate Sheetcake if I’m doing a dessert, and my fave main dish dinner for a potluck has got to be hands down the Shredded Mexican Style Pork which can be also made with beef. Sometimes I like to bring fruit salads to potlucks, but not usually this time of year – the fruit isn’t very good & its expensive!.

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