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3 Ingredient French Onion Pickle Dip

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THIS. Is what the classic has been missing! If you’ve never tried adding the surprise ingredient, pickles, you’re in for a special treat! So good, that you’ll never go back!  I guess it’s a midwestern secret, as we’re known for our homemade pickles, but us small town girls can take a classic and make it just a bit better! And my 3 Ingredient French Onion Pickle Dip is proof of that!


This all came about quite a few years ago, when I made WAY too many pickles. Omg…I was finding ways to put pickles in just about everything but ice cream! (Had I not finally gotten it all under control…I probably would’ve tried that, too!)

And I have been debating for several years now about even posting this. But after treating myself to this again, and loving it so much, I finally caved. So many have never even heard of doing this, (my hubby thought I was nuts!), that I finally decided to share this crazy-easy little trick!

And it truly is delicious, as odd as it might sound, and really is that “missing ingredient” that takes it to a whole ‘nother level!

So, it’s as simple as one, two, three to make. You just spoon your thick sour cream into a medium bowl, (*pouring off any whey that has separated first).





Next, add your favorite dry onion soup mix. I’ve always relied on Lipton, but just use whatever brand you normally enjoy.




Stir them together really well, using a spoon first, then a spatula if needed, to scrape the bottom and sides to incorporate all of the seasonings with the sour cream.





Next comes the pickles! You can, of course, use your favorite store brand, but my homemade are SO much better that there’s just no comparison!

You can use whatever style of pickle that makes you smile, too, such as my homemade Garlic Dill, or gherkin, …





…or Sweet Bread ‘n Butter pickles!






All work extremely well! Chop them up fine, not quite as fine as say jarred pickle relish, but just nicely chopped yet still slightly chunky, if that makes any sense.





Fold them in and then refrigerate! You’ll need to (cover) and chill this dip for at least one hour. But, honestly, it’s even better the next day!!




I have ZERO willpower when it comes to this dip, and end up mad at myself every time I make it, because if it’s in the fridge…I’m going in.

I sneak some every. single. time.

So try to wait until the next day…if you can.






Once this chills, just give it a final stir to incorporate any juices that may have separated a little…..





….and enjoy with your favorite potato chips!!!





We went with sour cream & onion, but Ruffles with ridges are also a welcome fave!






I swear to you…once you try this…you’ll never want it the old, plain way again! You can even do a little experiment. Mix up the sour cream & onion soup mix, then divide it in half into two separate bowls. Add pickles to one bowl, and let them both chill.

You’ll be SO surprised after having a few chips with the one with pickles, then trying the bowl without afterwards, that the one without just doesn’t even compare!

So the next time you have a craving for something quick and easy for a family picnic or backyard barbecue, or movie night in, give this classic 3 Ingredient French Onion Pickle Dip with a twist a try! You’ll love it!!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!



3 Ingredient French Onion Pickle Dip
Yield: 6 - 8 servings

3 Ingredient French Onion Pickle Dip


  • 1 (16 oz.) cont. thick sour cream such as Daisy®
  • 1 (1 oz.) envelope dry onion soup mix such as Lipton®
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill, gherkin, or bread 'n butter pickles
  • (1 bag of your favorite chips for dipping! Ruffles® or Lays® Sour Cream & Onion potato chips work well for this)


  • In medium bowl, add sour cream, onion soup mix, and chopped pickles. Stir well to mix. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour. Overnight is best, though!
  • Stir again to incorporate any separation of juice until creamy again.
  • Serve with chips (or raw vegetables) for dipping! Enjoy!


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    Wednesday 21st of March 2018

    Not being a pickle person (sorry) which would you suggest (favorite) to use to make this dip to take to a happy hour party. Appreciate your response, need help in deciding which pickle to use your favorite, best combination. Thank You!!


    Wednesday 21st of March 2018

    A safe bet to please a crowd would be dill pickles, as that seems to be the most popular among pickle lovers. (But I actually prefer sweet bread 'n butter pickles myself! :) ) ;) And you're very welcome! I hope I helped a little! :) I hope you have a wonderful party! Sounds like fun! :D


    Tuesday 20th of March 2018

    Which kind/flavor of pickles do you prefer and think taste the best in this dip. I want to make this weekend for a party. I appreciate your thoughts


    Wednesday 21st of March 2018

    Dill, gherkins, or sweet bread 'n butter pickles all work wonderfully! It just depends on which kind you personally prefer is all.

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