Barbers French Onion Dip Ultimate Recipe


Our recipe for Barber’s French Onion Dip is a family favorite for special occasion parties and for anytime snacking. It is fresh in flavor and is delicious with chips, veggies, crackers, cheese, or anything you like to dip. And it comes together quickly with a few simple ingredients.

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Barber’s Original French Onion Party Dip, 16 Oz.

Barber’s Original French Onion Party Dip was once carried on grocery store shelves. People loved it, but it eventually went away. We did some research, but we couldn’t really find a good explanation as to why the company stopped producing it and then closed.

Bring Back Barber’s Party Dip

Barber’s French Onion Party Dip was one of the best and we’ve not been able to find a competitive solution on grocery store shelves. Either the dip is too watery, too thick, too bland, or just doesn’t taste the best. So, we decided to take matters into our own hands.

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Barber’s French Onion Party Dip

The process of making our fresh copycat recipe involves dicing fresh onions and caramelizing them in a sauté pan. This step is the most time-consuming aspect of making French onion dip but is worth it. Enjoying fresh onions in the dip rather than using dehydrated onions makes a big difference in the outcome of the flavor.

Barber’s Party Dip Recipe

We recommend using full fat sour cream for the best flavor for this recipe. But if you want to substitute reduced fat or fat free sour cream for dietary reasons, in its place, you can do that.

The same is true if you choose to use dried herbs of chives and parsley instead of fresh herbs. During winter months it can be difficult to find fresh chives and parsley as they’re not as readily available in our outdoor gardens. Dried herbs can work as a suitable substitute.

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How to Make French Onion Dip

The process of making our Barber’s French Onion Dip copycat recipe is quite straightforward. We caramelize the onions, allow them to cool completely, and then mix all the ingredients together for a deliciously mouthwatering French onion party dip.

Homemade Dry French Onion Dip Mix {Copycat Recipe}

There are many recipes out there that call for using a French onion dip mix. And you can do that if you’re in a pinch. But our goal here is to focus on flavor while using a simple process and with that comes using fresh ingredients that create a delicious dip that French onion lovers are sure to enjoy.

French Onion Dip

French onion dip is an American dip that is typically made with a base of sour cream and is flavored with onion. It is usually served with potato chips, or can be served with fresh cut vegetables such as carrots and celery. We’ve also been known to eat crackers and cheese with French onion dip as well as pretzels or pretzel sticks.

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French Onion Dip Ingredients

To make our copycat recipe for Barber’s French Onion Dip, you’ll need yellow onions, butter or cooking oil, garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, fresh chives, fresh parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. 

If you don’t have access to herbs such as fresh chives or fresh parsley, you can substitute dried herbs in their place.

Why Does French Onion Dip Get Watery?

French onion dip can get watery after it’s used or if it’s left to sit for a while. Sometimes dipping chips or carrots right into the dip container can cause it to become watery.

This is caused by the dairy base that’s used to make the dip. And you’ve likely noticed this if you’ve left your container of sour cream to sit in the refrigerator for any length of time. To resolve, just use a spoon to stir it.

Barber’s Dip Original French Onion Dip

Your homemade Barber’s Dip Original French Onion Dip can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to four days. If the mixture becomes watery in that time, just give it a good stir and it should be good to go.

Dip, Party, Original French Onion

You might be wondering if your homemade party dip can be frozen. And quite frankly we don’t recommend it. Technically since it’s food you can put it in the freezer, but since it’s dairy the consistency and texture changes after it’s frozen and it’s not the same.

Barber’s Party Dip Original French Onion Dip, 16 oz

Remember when you make homemade Barber’s French Onion Dip, it doesn’t have as long of a shelf life as what is purchased in the store because it’s not chock full of preservatives. So it tastes better and is easy to make, but might not last as long.

Barber’s Original French Onion Dip

If you’ve stored your homemade French onion dip in the refrigerator for more than a week, you might notice that it begins to turn a funny color, begins to grow mold, separates, or smells bad. If this is the case, don’t keep it, throw it out. You don’t want to risk getting sick from eating food that is no longer safe.

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How to Make French Onion Dip

Fresh made French Onion Dip is easy to make and comes together quickly. You’ll caramelize onions, let them cool and then create the dip mixture using fresh herbs. It’s delicious and perfect for a party!


2 yellow onions diced
2 tablespoons butter or cooking oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 cups sour cream
3 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste


1. Heat the butter or oil and onions in a large sauté pan over medium heat until they become translucent. Reduce the heat to low and continue to stir every few minutes.

2. Continue cooking until the onions are nicely browned and caramelized, about 45 minutes. Add the minced garlic for the last minute and sauté. Transfer the onion and garlic mixture to the refrigerator to cool.

3. Mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, pepper, chives and parsley. Add cooled onion mixture and stir until well mixed.

4. Garnish with fresh chives and parsley if desired.

Recipe Variations

Following are some recipe variations for Barber’s French Onion Dip.

Mayfield’s French Onion Party Dip

Mayfield’s French onion party dip has been a longtime player in the French Onion dip field. They’re located in Knoxville, Tennessee and their dip is made with a creamy mixture that is also described as being to die for and is difficult to replicate.  

Ingredients For Mayfield’s French Onion Party Dip

To make a replicated version of Mayfield’s French Onion party dip you can use the following ingredients: 2 cups sour cream, 1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch dip dry mix, 5 green onions with tops, chopped finely.

How To Make Mayfield’s French Onion Party Dip

To replicate Mayfield’s French Onion Party Dip, you’ll mix all the ingredients mentioned above together in a small mixing bowl. Then transfer it to the refrigerator to let it cool and allow the flavors to meld together for about 30 minutes before serving.

Prairie Farms Dairy, Prairie Farms French Onion Dip

Prairie Farms French Onion Dip made by Prairie Farms Dairy was another competitor of Barber’s French Onion Dip. Prairie Farms can still be purchased in local participating grocery stores.

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