I don’t know if I’ve ever told you, but Mother Lovett had a major thing for dip.

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I mean… really had A THING.

And when I say dip, I mean the mayo or sour cream based dips that come in tupperware containers (always saved + reused…) in the dairy aisle at the grocery store. Trust me, right about now she is probably rolling over in her grave with all this hummus talk going on in the world. Don’t even get me started on guacamole.

At any given time she’d have four or five varieties in her fridge. Yeah baby… four of five. Granted two of them were usually expired, and while she claimed “oh they’re fine!” more often than not yet another container was opened by a grandchild or visitor.

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I was never a huge fan of creamy dips as a kid (mainly because they included vegetables. yes i’m serious.), but that’s not saying I always passed up a nice swoop into a bowl of french onion or bacon horseradish. I usually succumbed to the pressure, because that’s what you did at grandma and grandpa’s house: ate all of their Pringles, pretzel twists and Fritos with huge globs of dip.

[Meanwhile, I also participated in an extremely weird obsession during the summer of 1992 consisting of a million pretzel sticks dipped in chive cream cheese while watching Rescue 911 episodes with my cousin Lacy. But whatever. Stuff happens.]

The other wonderful trait Mother Lovett adopted in her old age (besides touching every single cookie on the platter before choosing the one she deemed worthy) was that of double dipping. She was the worst double dipper EVER. In public too. It was actually horrifying. Alright, I have to stop talking about it. I’m cringing.

She’s been on my mind a lot lately; in fact I’m pretty sure she is sending my brain food cravings from the grave. I’ve been locked into my own chip + phase, and well… you can imagine how that is turning out. So in order to feel a little better about my junk consumption, I caramelized onions for a good 40 minutes or so then whipped them into a big container of Greek yogurt with a few other flavors. Not identical to her old favorites, but seriously, seriously did the trick. I’m think you could even dip some vegetables in here, but then I’m not sure if we could be friends anymore.

So, whatever… that’s up to you.

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Caramelized Onion Greek Yogurt Dip

makes about 2 cups of dip

1 medium red onion, chopped

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 tablespoon salted butter

1 16-ounce container of plain 2% Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

In a large pot, add olive oil and butter over low heat. Once melted, add in chopped onions with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and stir until all onions are coated in the oil mixture. Cover the pot and cook for approximately 45 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes. After 45 minutes, stir in 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and let cook for 5 minutes more. Remove onions from heat (as long as they are caramelized) and stir in remaining brown sugar.

In a large bowl, mix together yogurt and onions, stirring in salt, pepper and garlic powder. Taste and add more seasoning if desired. Serve with chips, pretzels or (ugh) veggie sticks.

Note: if Greek yogurt is still to tart with all the mix-ins or tastes too “healthy” for you, feel free to do half sour cream/half yogurt. Still better than the stuff from the store!

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Those chips are buffalo + blue flavor and yes, I am surviving on them alone.

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113 Responses to “Caramelized Onion Greek Yogurt Dip.”

  1. #
    Sally @ sally's baking addiction — April 19, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    mmmm jessica this dip looks insanely delicious. i recently had caramelized HUMMUS from whole foods and it was tooooo dieeeee for. i <3 caramelized onions and i bet they are fabulous paired with tangy greek yogurt.


    • Jessica — April 19th, 2012 @ 7:46 am

      That sounds incredible.


  2. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 19, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    Fabulous recipe! It reminds me of Bison Chip Dip, which is a Buffalo thing. This looks so good and creamy! I’m going to make it this weekend! Love that you used Greek Yogurt!!


  3. #
    Amanda @ Thinly Sliced Cucumber — April 19, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    Can’t wait to try this! I make a sinfully delicious caramelized onion dip that has cream cheese and sour cream as the base. Tastes amazing but I feel so guilty about how terribly unhealthy it is. Your recipe with Greek yogurt could be the solution. Oh, and are those Kettle brand Buffalo Bleu chips? LOVE those chips!


    • Jessica — April 19th, 2012 @ 7:46 am

      Yes they are!


  4. #
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles — April 19, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    If only it were Super Bowl time again! :)


  5. #
    Kim in MD — April 19, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    I love Mother Lovett stories! Double dipping? Uh…sorry, but no. This dip looks amazing, Jessica!


  6. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — April 19, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    YUM!! And Buffalo Chips? I need to find them!!! I have a HUGE “thing” for chips and dip. I had to stop buying and making dips because I will polish off the whole bag of ships and an entire container of dip. Gross.


  7. #
    Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box — April 19, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    Wow! So simple, yet the flavours work so well together. Definitely going to give this a try this weekend. Can’t wait!


  8. #
    Annie @ What's Annie Making? — April 19, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    This looks so so so good! I used to eat chips and dip like it was my job growing up. Then I found out my mom put worcestershire sauce in her onion dip and I got over that. This dip looks way more up my alley.


  9. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 19, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    The mayo sour cream dips always grossed me out a little bit but this greek yogurt base has me thinking differently!


  10. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — April 19, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    Yum! I was sort of the opposite when I was a kid – I looooooved creamy ranch and caesar dressings (and that’s pretty close to a dip if you ask me) but can’t stand either now. I guess I got too much too soon! Yogurt dips, however, I’ll happily entertain the thought of. Especially when they have the words ‘caramelized onion’ in their name. ;)


  11. #
    Tina @ My Life as a Mrs — April 19, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    oh man this looks SO good.


  12. #
    Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) — April 19, 2012 @ 7:56 am

    Yum! I LOVE onion dip—definitely need to try this lower-cal version!


  13. #
    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — April 19, 2012 @ 7:57 am

    Caramelized onions would make a boot taste good. I’m in!


  14. #
    Simply Life — April 19, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    Oh I never thought to make dip with greek yogurt- great idea!


  15. #
    Cara — April 19, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    WOW this looks great! I always loved onion dip but stayed away from it due to the sour cream and mayo, but now I don’t have to feel bad about eating it!!


  16. #
    Catalina @ Cake with Love — April 19, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    All the ingredients sound so good!!! I love caramelized onions, and having them in a dip would make my taste buds very happy!


  17. #
    Alisan — April 19, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Oh wow!!!!!!! Do you think I can make this with regular natural yogurt or does it have to be greek? No Greek yogurt in Brazil.


    • Jessica — April 19th, 2012 @ 8:24 am

      I’m sure you can! Just make sure it is plain.


      • Alisan — April 19th, 2012 @ 8:27 am

        ok I’m gonna do it. It’ll be my new staple in life I’m sure.

  18. #
    Gen — April 19, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Yuum!! My mom and I were actually just discussing making dip….it is a relatively new thing here and suuuper expensive. So now, we have to try out this recipe!


  19. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — April 19, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    caramelized onions are like candy i could eat them straight! that alone with roasted garlic…mmm


  20. #
    Jenna — April 19, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Every time I read or hear about onion dips, I’m always reminded me Pete Campbell in Mad Men. He talks about how he went to a party and they were serving this creamy dip with little onions in it. According to him, it was “QUITE delicious.” :) I’m sure yours is, too! I’m thinking I’m going to wait to try this recipe until my own onions from the garden are ready for consumption!


  21. #
    Cassie — April 19, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    I have a thing for dips too. And when they can be made a teensy bit healthier, I am all for it, because then I can just eat more. It all evens out.


  22. #
    Amanda at the red table — April 19, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    Yum. Just…yum.
    I love dips.


  23. #
    Cookbook Queen — April 19, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Creamy dip is THEBEST. My absolute favorite. I’ll take a big tub of ranch dip over hummus ANY DAY.

    Also, did you ever see the Rescue 911 where the kid got his tongue stuck to the freezer? He called 911 and they couldn’t even understand what he was saying. I can never forget that episode.


    • Jessica — April 19th, 2012 @ 9:07 am

      Um, no… but right now I am literally laughing out loud. I’m a terrible person.


  24. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — April 19, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    I am in love with this dip. And, I so want to be your friend. But, I do love vegetables…is that a total deal breaker? :) Have a great day!!


  25. #
    Maria — April 19, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Love this dip!


  26. #
    Jessica — April 19, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    If I were President, I’d make a law that there be more foods served with dip. Look for me in 2040.


  27. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — April 19, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    I love caramelized onion dips! Totally worth the effort.


  28. #
    Katrina — April 19, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    This dip is right up my alley! It sounds lovely!


  29. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — April 19, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    Oooh, this looks like a winner! I am SO into a Greek yogurt phase right now, it’s unreal. I have 2 tubs of sour cream in my fridge, one of which is opened, but keep going to the yogurt by default.
    Mix it with caramelized onions and this could be breakfast.
    I think that sour cream will meet its’ fate in the name of a pound cake.


  30. #
    Chelsy — April 19, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I am a huge dipper. I must consumer anything I eat with a side of some sort of dip. Usually it’s tzatziki, hummus, or baba ghanoush. Can you tell I like the greek dips? O yes. Oh, oh and my grandmother (mawmaw) is the queen of dips as well. She has this awesome dip that she makes, you may have heard of it…it is a block of cream cheese and a can of Pace picante salsa over the top. It’s pretty difficult to make. Haha. Oh but it sure does taste good with Fritos. She also makes a shrimp dip that is out of this world. Definitely anything involving mayo or sour cream is usually found on her table.


  31. #
    Ashley — April 19, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    OMgosh. Rescue 911! Totally forgot about that show! Snacks at the grandparents’ houses were always superior!


  32. #
    Twyla — April 19, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Love those bowls!!!


  33. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 19, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    I heart this. Like woah. I made a pumpkin goat cheese/greek yogurt caramelized onion dip back in the fall and so I can personally attest to the amazing-ness of the onions in a dip like this. So so good!


  34. #
    Karen — April 19, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    After I graduated from University and starting working at my real job, I used to console myself about the fact that I had become an adult by consuming half a bag of chips (ruffled Lays – my fave dipper) and dip (Philadelphia onion – my childhood fave treat) after my night shifts. It was bad. I since changed my habits in an attempt to not gain a million pounds.
    I must say, I’ve never really thought of dipping flavored chips in dip, but those buffalo chips look amazing! Oh, and the dip does too! Does it taste sort of like French Onion at all?


  35. #
    OliePants — April 19, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    Hello there dipster! I, like Mother Lovett, love dip and anything with caramelized onions is aces in my book.


  36. #
    Meghan — April 19, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    This dip looks amazing. Totally a balanced meal with all that protein from the greek yogurt. Plus chips are almost a vegetable right? Onions definitely are, so it works.

    I loved your “a million pretzel sticks dipped in chive cream cheese” phase. I went through something similar (wheat thins slathered with veggie cream cheese). I think I need to it bring back, it was oddly delicious.


  37. #
    Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner — April 19, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Rescue 911.. oh man the memories! I used to LOVE that show.
    This dip looks delicious!


  38. #
    stacy t — April 19, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    butter my butt and call me a biscuit! i love me some dip!


  39. #
    Nancy @ CouponClippingCook — April 19, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    Love that this is made from yogurt. Sounds delicious.


  40. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 19, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    I love the stories about Mother Lovett and her touchy feeling ways and her double dippage. Classic stories :)


  41. #
    Cait's Plate — April 19, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    I was (still am) the same way about creamy dips as a kid…I love the idea of greek yogurt as a base instead!


  42. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — April 19, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    I love creamy dips too and hardly ever buy it because I don’t trust myself with a tub/container at home hehe. Buffalo/blue cheese chips?? I want! (Plus giant globs of that dip, of course.)


  43. #
    AngieN24 — April 19, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    This may be a dumb question but how ‘chopped’ are the onions? I mean, how big are the chunks? This sounds really good, but I want to do it right the first time. lol. ;)


  44. #
    Erin — April 19, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    I love that you made this using greek yogurt. Now to have this for dinner…


  45. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — April 19, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    i have been in LOOOOOOOOVE with dips for as long as i can remember…but only the homemade kind. i can’t do the prepackaged stuff!


  46. #
    Kristen Mattern — April 19, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

    I’ve seen those Kettle Chips but never bought them. This post has made me see the errors of my way. I am making this dip for sure and getting those chips!


  47. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — April 19, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    This would be soo good with some chips….I love how you made it using greek yogurt


  48. #
    green beans & grapefruit — April 19, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    Yummm. Nice touch with the buffalo + blue chips!


  49. #
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — April 19, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    Wow, that dip would be seriously dangerous around our house! Brandon and I both love any kind of chip and dip!


  50. #
    Alysha @Shesontherun — April 19, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    For some reason, Greek yogurt in dips freaks me out! (maybe I’m so used to sour cream!?) However, I adore onion dip to the 10th degree, so I would definitely try this.



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