The Best Smokey Onion Dip

The Best Smokey Onion Dip ~ this creamy, cheesy baked onion dip has a hint of smokey flavor which makes it stand out from the rest!

Smokey Onion Dip with grilled bread

This Smokey Onion Dip is patterned after my all time favorite SWEET VIDALIA ONION DIP. When Vidalias aren’t in season, this is my go to. The smokey flavor of smoked Gouda and Gruyere cheese makes it extra special, and like the original, it’s a cinch to make. This one is even lightened up a bit with yogurt (but you’d never know it.)

Smokey Onion Dip Made with sweet onions and lots of smoked cheese

To say this is a crowd pleaser is an understatement, everybody will lunge at it, probably all at once, so better stand back. Whenever I make it I keep a little aside for myself in case I get edged out by rabid friends and family. Just a suggestion.

Smokey Onion Dip is an easy crowd pleasing appetizer

This has all the hallmarks of a great TVFGI recipe — it’s an easy chop and drop process, there’s no prep other than dicing the onion and grating the cheese, which I do in the food processor. It’s got a limited ingredient list and it can be assembled ahead and baked just before you want to serve it. And most importantly, it’s delicious — the smoked cheeses help it stand out from ordinary hot dips. This will go from game night to holiday party depending on how you present it, too.

Smokey Onion Dip is an easy appetizer that goes from game night to holiday party

If you are going to eat this with bread, I think it’s important to grill your baguette, the crisp toasty flavor is so much more delicious that plain old sliced bread and it only takes a few minutes. I don’t use any oil at all, just a smoking hot grill pan on the stove top. The charring not only adds flavor and crunch, it has great eye appeal, too. Of course you can serve this with chips if you like.

Grilled baguette bread

I choose a sweet onion rather than a white or yellow because they are mild. I don’t cook the onion before making the dip so the mildness is a plus. The onions retain a slight crunch which gives the dip a nice texture, too. Most grocery stores carry all three types of onions all year round, but definitely use a seasonal sweet onion like Vidalia, Maui, or Walla Walla, when you can find them.

A versatile and easy Smoked Onion Dip

Reader Rave ~

I made this for Thanksgiving and it was amazing! Thank you for sharing Sue, this is the only blog that I have on my email and I love what you do!” ~Christine

Smokey Onion Dip with grilled bread
3.62 from 18 votes

Smokey Onion Dip

The Best Smokey Onion Dip ~ this creamy, cheesy baked onion dip has a hint of smokey flavor which makes it stand out from the rest!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1/2 pound smoked Gouda cheese grated
  • 1/2 pound smoked Gruyere cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cut Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • lots of fresh cracked black pepper
  • several shakes of hot sauce to taste
  • 1 baguette thinly sliced


  • Set oven to 375F
  • Peel the onion and then slice it 1/8 inch thick on a mandolin slicer or with a sharp knife. Then chop the thin slices into a small dice. Put in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and mix well. Take the time to make sure everything is thoroughly combined.
  • Spread the dip in a shallow baking dish, and even it out. Bake for about 30-40 minutes until bubbling and hot throughout. You can put it under the broiler briefly for more browning if you want.
  • While the dip is baking, heat a grill pan on high until very hot and grill the slices of bread until lightly charred on both sides.
  • Serve the dip hot out of the oven, with the bread.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • You can use any combination of smoked cheese for this, including cheddar or mozzarella. I like using at least two varieties.
  • Wide and shallow is best for the baking dish here. If the dip is in a deep bowl it won’t cook through before the top browns, and it’s not a good shape for group dipping. A pie plate or skillet works well in a pinch, be sure to spread the dip out evenly.
  • I ran the dip under the broiler ever so briefly to get a little more of that browning going. Watch carefully, it will burn quickly.
  • If you do make this ahead, bring the dip to room temperature before baking.



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    November 14, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I never really make stuff like this (I have no idea why) but this is really calling to me and with Christmas coming up i can imagine it going down really well with my friends… I bet it would work well with brie or camembert too?

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    November 14, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Sue, I’m so far behind after returning from our trip that I’ll just say everything I missed looks delicious and beautiful photographed! I’ve been making a similar version of sweet onion spread for years and I love your twist with the smoked cheese. What a great idea and your grilled baguette toasts sound perfect with it!

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    November 14, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Smoked Gouda is one of my all-time fave cheeses. I can see this dip in my future! With crunchy ciabatta toasts? OMG!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    November 14, 2015 at 1:39 am

    I can’t be trusted around bread and dip. That said, it hasn’t ever stopped me and I can’t wait to try this over the holidays. Love smoked Gouda!

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    November 13, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Onion and cheese…a perfect combo. I would lick the whole bowl clean, Sue.

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      November 13, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      I might beat you to it Angie!

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    November 13, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Love the smoked Gouda addition..yes everyone I know would love this..

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      November 13, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Thanks Monique ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    November 13, 2015 at 7:52 am

    I was just thinking about making a dip for my Friendsgiving gathering. This onion dip would be perfect, and I can totally see my friends going crazy over it!!

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      November 13, 2015 at 8:32 am

      Remember to save a bit aside for the chef ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Jean |
    November 13, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Well, now you’ve done it! If I had the ingredients in the house, I’d be making this for breakfast right now. Love your suggestion to set a little aside for yourself — I’ll remember that!

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      November 13, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Dip for breakfast? Sounds like a plan ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 13, 2015 at 6:31 am

    This looks delicious! You can’t go wrong with smoked Gouda. Thanks!

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      November 13, 2015 at 6:40 am

      I agree — I’m on a smoked cheese kick this year, and I’m noticing lots more varieties are out there lately.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    November 13, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Yummy smokey cheesy amazing dip! I could eat this at any meal of the day. What a wonderful recipe to share during the holidays. Thanks Sue – sharing and pinning!

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