Smoked Onion Dip

Smoked onion dip is the smoky, flavor packed alternative to French onion dip that you didn’t know you needed! This addicting dip needs just a handful of ingredients and will wow at any party.

smoked onion dip shown in a blue glazed terra cotta bowl with three pita crackers stuck in it

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Do you love your smoker as much as we love ours?

We currently think of it as our 5th child.

Just kidding… kind of.

You can do so many things with a smoker beyond the basics like smoking meat like pulled pork and brisket.

For example, smoking dips.

If you haven’t tried making a smoked dip, you must!

Dip is already one of the most delicious foods ever, but add that smoky taste into and wow!

You’ll never want to make this any other way!

a bowl of creamy smoked onion dip shown surrounded by pita crackers, blue corn chips, and flatbread crackers

Ingredients

To make this you’ll need:

  • Sweet onions– Make sure you are using large sweet onions and don’t substitute other varieties of onions for best results.
  • Olive oil– To drizzle over the onions. Don’t substitute another light oil.
  • Cream cheese– Let it soften on the counter before you use it in this.
  • Sour cream– Full fat has the best flavor and mouthfeel.
  • Apple cider vinegar– Adds a little extra tang and sweetness.
  • Spices– A little salt and smoked paprika is all you need.

smoked onion dip shown in a blue glazed terra cotta bowl with three pita crackers stuck in it

How to Make

Making this creamy, smoky dip is easier than you might think!
 
To do it, peel both of the onions and cut them each in half. Then, put the cut onions in a disposable aluminum tray, cut sides down.
 
Drizzle the oil evenly out over the onions.
 
Smoke the onions at 250° for 2 1/2 – 3 hours.
 
Remove the onions from the smoker, and let them rest for at least 5 minutes before handling.
 
After 5 minutes, they will still be hot but you should be able to carefully remove just the outer layer of each onion. Discard the layer and let the onions continue cooling for 30 minutes.
 
Once the onions have cooled, add the cream cheese, sour cream, and vinegar to a large mixing bowl and use a hand mixer to whip them together until smooth and creamy.
 
Set the creamy base aside.
 
Then, roughly chop the cooled onions, and then stir them into the dip.
 
Finish by stirring in the salt and smoked paprika.
 
Serve and enjoy!
 
a pile of crackers shown topped with a dollop of creamy smoked onion dip

How much dip does this make?

This recipe makes roughly 2 1/2 cups of dip. It’s perfect for a crowd to snack on while waiting for the main event!

What would should I use to smoke onions with?

You can use any type of wood chips you prefer or have on hand, but I find that these wood varieties make for some particularly tasty smoked onions:

Serving 

Serve this dip with any of your favorite dippers. We love it with:

  • veggies
  • crackers
  • tortilla chips
  • pretzels
  • potato chips
  • pieces of crusty bread

smoked onion dip shown in a blue glazed terra cotta bowl with three pita crackers stuck in it

Storing Leftovers

Leftover dip can be stored in an air tight container and refrigerated for up to 5 days. It may separate slightly. If it does, just stir to bring it together again before eating.

Tips and Tricks

  • This dip is great to make when you’ve already got the smoker primed for meats and other sides- making the most out of your space and maximizing your meal!
  • It’s not necessary to chill the dip before serving- the sour cream will keep it cool.
  • Don’t skip letting the onions cool completely before incorporating them into the dip mixture.

Other Smoked Dips You’ll Love

This smoked onion dip is always a hit at parties and barbecues! Make it for your next gathering and enjoy.

Looking for other smoked dips? Try these:

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smoked onion dip shown in a blue glazed terra cotta bowl with three pita crackers stuck in it

Smoked Onion Dip

Smoked onion dip is the smoky, flavor packed alternative to French onion dip that you didn't know you needed! This addicting dip needs just a handful of ingredients and will wow at any party.
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Course: Appetizer, Dip, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Smoking Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 131kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

Instructions

  • Peel both of the onions and then cut them each in half. Put the cut onions in a disposable aluminum tray, cut sides down.
  • Drizzle the oil evenly out over the onions.
  • Smoke the onions at 250° for 2 1/2 - 3 hours.
  • Remove the onions from the smoker, and let them rest for 5 minutes before handling.
  • The onions will still be hot, but carefully remove just the outer layer of each onion. Discard, and let the onions continue cooling for 30 minutes.
  • Add the cream cheese, sour cream, and vinegar to a large mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, whip them together until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • Roughly chop the cooled onions, and then stir them into the dip.
  • Add the salt & smoked paprika, stirring to combine, and serve!

Notes

  • This dip is great to make when you've already got the smoker primed for meats and other sides- making the most out of your space and maximizing your meal!
  • It's not necessary to chill the dip before serving- the sour cream will keep it cool.
  • Don't skip letting the onions cool completely before incorporating them into the dip mixture.

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 456IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg

recipe adapted from Jess Pryles

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