Copycat Trader Joe's Caramelized Onion Dip


This savory caramelized onion dip features fresh sweet onion, cooked until sweet and golden and combined with Greek-style yogurt, sour cream and cream cheese for added body. Serve this copycat dip with fresh, crispy veggies, pretzel chips or classic potato chips to please a crowd.

a recipe photo of the Copycat Trader Joe's Caramelized Onion Dip served with vegetables and potato chips
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs


  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

  • 4 cups chopped sweet onions

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

  • 5 tablespoons water, or as needed

  • ¾ cup whole-milk plain strained (Greek-style) yogurt

  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream

  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion

  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar

  • Pretzel chips, Belgian endive leaves, radish slices, multicolored baby carrots and/or cucumber slices for dipping (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, about 4 minutes. Add 1/8 teaspoon salt and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deeply golden brown, jammy and reduced to about 2/3 cup, 35 to 40 minutes, adding water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and scraping the bottom of the pan if the onions begin to stick or burn. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely, about 20 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk yogurt, sour cream and cream cheese together in a medium bowl until very smooth. Whisk in Worcestershire, garlic powder, granulated onion, vinegar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  3. Stir the cooled onions into the yogurt mixture until incorporated. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. To serve, transfer the dip to a serving bowl and serve with desired dippers.

To make ahead

Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

85 Calories
6g Fat
6g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 85
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Vitamin A 135IU 3%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 9mcg 2%
Sodium 143mg 6%
Calcium 54mg 4%
Magnesium 6mg 1%
Potassium 109mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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