Caramelized Onion Dip with DIY Halloween Tortilla Chips

By Amanda Paa – Updated September 29, 2022
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Homemade Caramelized Onion Dip

The number of times a bag of Ruffles and a tub of convenience store french onion dip were my college party contribution is slightly embarrassing. Well, that and the cheap beer we drank… oh the days of Keystone Light! 😜

Although I took a hard and fast break from this classic dip after those years of my life, I’ve recently reacquainted myself with it, but in homemade style – vowing to make it with real ingredients, and bold flavors.

And in fall party spirit, I’ve made Homemade Caramelized Onion Dip with easy DIY Halloween tortilla chips! Paired with a Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail perhaps?

Caramelized Onions in a cast iron skillet
Vintage Knife with walnuts

Key Ingredients for Homemade Caramelized Onion Dip:

a. white wine: added to the caramelized onions to boost their flavor.
b. balsamic vinegar: acidity!
c. tamari (or soy sauce): umami, and saltiness.
d. toasted California walnuts: texture and flavor! the savoriness of the walnuts helps offset the sweetness of the caramelized onions. their crunch helps offset the creaminess of the rest of the dip.

How to Make Amazing Caramelized Onion Dip

  1. Caramelizing the onions take a bit of patience. It’ll be 45 minutes before they’re done, but 100% worth it. Deeply concentrated with sweet flavor, you’ll give them a hit of balsamic vinegar and white wine to bring out their complexity.
  2. You can toast the walnuts at the same time the onions are doing their thing in on the stovetop. Let them cool and then coarsely chop!
  3. Next you’ll chop the regular green onions and add to a bowl with the cream cheese, sour cream, and walnuts. When the caramelized onions are cool, they’ll get added too. Plus a few of the other special ingredients I mentioned before.
  4. This dip is best if it has a day to sit so the flavors can mingle. Perfect for party prep and not having to do as much work the day of!
DIY Halloween Tortilla Chips

And then for the DIY Halloween tortilla chips! Cute, right?

Grab a pack of corn or flour tortillas (I used corn), and then some spooky cookie cutters. I bought this inexpensive Halloween pack from Amazon.

On a cutting board, press the cookie cutters into the tortillas so you have your shapes. Spread them on a baking sheet, without touching, and spray with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool, and dip away.

Cream Cheese Onion Dip {gluten-free recipe}
Homemade Caramelized Onion Dip

There you have it — a made from scratch, modern caramelized onion dip with flavors that will blow you away. Party goodness that will have your friends raving. It also pairs well with veggies and potato chips if you don’t have the time to make the tortilla chips.

Happy Halloween to all of you! I’m of course going as a cat. I know that’s shocking. :)

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Cream Cheese Onion Dip {gluten-free recipe}

Homemade Caramelized Onion Dip

This creamy caramelized onion dip is so full of flavor and easy to make (even a day ahead)! Serve chilled with potato or tortilla chips.
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Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :45 minutes
Total Time :55 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Paa



Caramelized Onions

  • 3 medium sized white onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine

Cream Cheese Onion Dip

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 green onions chopped, white and green parts
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup toasted California walnuts, finely chopped


  • Add olive oil to a large skillet. Add onions, stir, and bring to medium heat. Do not stir again for 5 minutes. 
  • Add salt, stir, and turn down heat to medium-low. Cook for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and caramelized. They should soft and sweet. Stir in balsamic vinegar and white wine. Bring heat back to medium-high to evaporate liquids. Remove from heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. 
  • To make dip, add all dip ingredients to a large bowl. Then add 3/4 of the caramelized onions. Stir to fully incorporate. 
  • To top, add remaining caramelized onions to the top. Serve with tortilla chips or potato chips. 

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October 20, 2018


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  1. Rhonda

    Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  2. Cassie

    You can NEVER EVER go wrong with caramelized onions. I never have seen such a glorious savory Halloween recipe–for the most part, they’ve all been on the sweet side! This is absolutely phenomenal. The ghosts, bats, and other shapes are so cute too. I definitely have to try these chips!

  3. Healthy Kitchen 101

    Haha I love the batman mould so much. I must look for ones for my Halloween party xD
    – Natalie

  4. Sarah | Well and Full

    Those bat tortilla chips are SO cute and festive! I love it! :)

  5. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Ahhhh…this is so cute! Love the fresh take on this dip with REAL ingredients. And those tortilla chips! I have a BUCKET of cookie cutters from back in the day when I actually used to make lots of cut-out cookies and I definitely have some Halloween shapes in there. I need to dust them off and try this ASAP.

    • amandapaa

      aw, love that! kind of a different idea for a grown up halloween party that isn’t a dessert. happy october!