Maui Onion Dip

Maui Onion Dip is the caramelized onion dip recipe you need to try! Sweet caramelized onions and tangy sour cream create the perfect dip for any occasion.

This is one of those dips you will make over and over and over again!

People will continuously ask for the recipe, they’ll beg you to bring it to parties, and you’ll want to have it on hand at all times.

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We all know and love the “boxed” french onion soup dip — you know, the kind in the blue box??

This is the “same,” but real food.

Nothing from a box! Just sour cream and onions.

Simple things really are the best, aren’t they!? 

You’ll love this post if you love a good, EASY dip recipe! Its unique flavors could be used as an addictive dip, a sandwich spread, or thinned out into a salad dressing!

How to Make Maui Onion Dip

First, you’ll need some onions.

I had this dip when I visited Maui years ago — Maui onions are a lot like the South’s Vidalia onions.

This recipe is best if you can use these sweet onions from Georgia… But, a large sweet yellow onion will do just fine if you can’t find Vidalias.

Pro Tip: in the summer when Vidalia’s are in season, STOCK UP!

Keep them in a cool, dry place, and as long as they are not touching each other or close to any potatoes, they’ll keep far into the winter.

You can also use the old Georgia girls’ trick of stringing them up in pantyhose

You’ll want to caramelize the onions in a large skillet over medium heat. Learn how to caramelize onions in this post!

Once your onions are golden brown, you’ll transfer onions to a bowl and let them cool.

While your onions cool you can gather the rest of your ingredients:

Sour Cream – this is a sour cream-based dip recipe. Most delicious dips are sour cream based, right?!

Mayonnaise – I do dd a tinge of Duke’s Mayonnaise because I love the great flavor it adds. Feel free to skip it if mayonnaise is not your thing!

Salt and Pepper – that’s all the seasoning I prefer in this recipe. You could add a bit of garlic powder or cayenne pepper if you’d like to kick it up a notch. However, the natural flavors of the onions make this Maui onion dip recipe so delicious!

Other flavor enhancers: try adding Worcestershire sauce or Blue Cheese if you want to! Make the recipe as written on the recipe card, then the next time you make it you can play around with the flavors.

Once the onions have cooled, you’ll mix everything together in the big bowl.

Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate until serving.

Serving Maui Onion Dip

Maui Onion Dip can be served for all your people — your potato-loving people, using roasted potato wedges — Your veggie chip lovers — Your low carb-living lovers, using pork rinds — and your sweet potato chip lovers.

This also pairs well with fresh-cut veggies, such as celery, cucumbers, red peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower. <—- this just described our usual veggie platter.

It makes a wonderful spread for sandwiches — the perfect dipper for quesadillas — and an absolute winner on top of a burger!

You could even make it into one of many pasta salads!

This recipe keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days, in an airtight container.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Maui Onion Flavor?

Maui onions are very sweet, without the sulfur smell/taste some onions have. They also have a very high water content!

What is Maui Onions Good For?

You name it, they’re good for it! Grilling, roasting, sauteing, baking, frying, etc. Since they are so sweet you can eat them raw on a salad, sandwich, or burger without soaking them in water first.

What is the difference between an onion and a French onion dip?

Onion dip just has onions and the dip base. French onion dip mimics french onion soup, so it has beef bouillion in the dip recipe.

Here’s the quick and EASY recipe!

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Maui Onion Dip

  • Author: Ashley @ Sweetpea Lifestyle
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35


A deliciously creamy and sweet dip that will make you the hit of every party, ever!


  • 1 large sweet onion, such as Vidalia, sliced thinly, then “chunked” — not diced, and not long strands… just big chunks.
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 1, 16 ounce container of sour cream (If you’re watching calories, light is fine. I prefer Daisy brand… they only use cream and cultures. Have you ever read the other brand’s ingredient list?)


  1. In a skillet, melt you butter over medium heat.
  2. Add your onions in, and caramelize over medium heat. This takes some time — don’t rush it — you don’t want burned onions!
  3. After your onions are caramelized, set aside in a large bowl to cool.
  4. After about 20 minutes, stir in the carton of sour cream, salt and pepper.
  5. Let this sit. Overnight is best, but if you really can’t wait, give it an hour.
  6. Before serving, taste with whatever “vessel” you are using — make sure you’ve added enough salt!


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons  — 3 smartpoints
  • For an even lower point version, use fat free, plain Greek yogurt. For two tablespoons, you’ll only use 1 smartpoint!


  • Serving Size: 12
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