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Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Creating your own Homemade Onion Soup Mix is super simple, won’t break the bank, and it tastes fantastic! The best part? None of the unwanted extra additives!

best french onion soups start with this mix

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Having this dry French onion soup mix on standby is fantastic. I can’t tell you how many times I have purchased a box of packets from the grocery store and used them up in less than a week.

You don’t just use it to make soup in a hurry, you can use it for so many different recipes.

Soup, dips, gravy, or just as a seasoning for roasts, burgers, pork chops, and even meatloaf. It’s a delicious seasoning secret for so many recipes.

Only 7 simple ingredients from your pantry spice cabinet, and you have a universal seasoning that adds incredible depth of flavor.

I use a packet of this copycat Lipton soup mix pretty much anytime I cook ground beef for a recipe.

Making this onion soup mix in bulk like this makes it very easy to add a little extra or a little less when cooking.

I did the same thing with our go-to steak seasoning. One day, I made a 10x batch and stored it in a mason jar. It’s the best thing!

This saved me a lot of prep time later and I didn’t need to measure every time. Just use the amount you want and store the rest, and you’re done!

So much easier that I started doing it with all my homemade spice mixes.

And don’t worry if the recipe calls for one packet. I give you the amount for that too:)

ingredients for lipton recipe secrets onion soup copycat recipe

Ingredients Needed

Beef Bouillon – Use the powder, granules, or crush bouillon cubes.

Onion flakes – Get the larger dehydrated onion flakes.

Onion powder – For extra onion flavor.

Garlic powder – To round out the profile. Substitute granulated garlic if needed.

Parsley –  Dried parsley. Do not use fresh for long term storage.

Celery salt – Can use celery seed if needed.

Black pepper – Regular ground black pepper, or substitute fresh cracked black pepper.

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How to Make Dry Onion Soup Mix

First: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. 

Second: Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Yield: 18 tablespoons (3 packets). Use 6 tablespoons when your recipe calls for 1 packet of envelope.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

homemade substitute for onion soup mix in a jar

How to Use Onion Soup Mix

Soup: Mix 6 tablespoons in 4 cups of hot water or beef stock.

French onion dip: Stir 3 tablespoons in 16 ounces sour cream.

Gravy/Au Jus type dip: 3 tablespoons in 1 can beef broth.

Seasoning: Use with crockpot beef roast, meatloaf, roasted potatoes, pork chops, even chicken breasts.

sour cream with an envelope of dry onion soup mix

How long does it last?

If stored correctly, this onion dry soup mix will last up to 6 months. If you don’t use it all before then! Although, I tend to add small amounts of it to so many recipes that mine doesn’t last long.

Best Way To Store It

This should be a airtight container to keep the moisture out. It’s best to make sure all the spices used are also dried.

A cool, dry, and dark place helps keep the spices fresher as they can lose their flavor if exposed to light which makes them excrete their oils.

Glass jars are optimal over plastic containers.

spoon of instant soup mix in a wood bowl

Is it gluten free?

The homemade version is gluten free and sugar free. Just be sure to check the ingredients of your beef bouillon granules to make sure that no extra ingredients were added.

Things like anti-caking agents can contain wheat so read carefully.

Also, a few of the store bought brands of onion soup mix contain sugar or maltodextrin, yeast extract, corn syrup, and MSG. Things I want to avoid if possible.

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Use sodium free beef granules for the best flavor.
  • Dried onion flakes are best for texture. Don’t use granulated or small minced onion.
  • The onion powder enhances the flavor of the flakes so don’t leave it out thinking there is too much onion flavor.
  • When making soups, add a splash of soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce for extra flavor.
  • When making gravy, a teaspoon of red wine or white wine adds another layer of yumminess.
  • This is perfect for stirring in a container of sour cream for the easiest dip around!

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copycat soup mix in a bowl on a wood circle

With all the flavors of buttery caramelized onions, this recipe makes a perfect copycat of a packet of Lipton onion soup mix but without all the extras like corn starch and corn syrup.

mix for classic french onion soup mix

French Onion Soup Mix

Yield: 3 packets
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

With all the flavors of buttery caramelized onions, this recipe makes a perfect copycat of a packet of Lipton onion soup mix but without all the extras!

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup beef bouillon granules
  • ⅔ cup dried onion flakes
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. 
  2. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  3. Soup: Mix 6 tablespoons in 4 cups of hot water.
  4. Dip: Stir 3 tablespoons in 16 ounces sour cream
  5. Gravy/Au Jus type dip: 3 tablespoons in 1 can beef broth.

Notes

  • Use sodium free beef granules for the best flavor.
  • Dried onion flakes are best for texture. Don't use granulated or small minced onion.
  • The onion powder enhances the flavor of the flakes so don't leave it out thinking there is too much onion flavor.
  • When making soups, add a splash of soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce for extra flavor.
  • When making gravy, a teaspoon of red wine or white wine adds another layer of yumminess.
  • This is perfect for stirring in a container of sour cream for the easiest dip around!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1 packet
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 2956mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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