Homemade Onion Soup Mix {No GMOs, No MSG & No Trans Fats}

by Chrystal Johnson on March 10, 2014

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homemade-onion-soup-mixWhen I was a kid, our cabinet was filled with all sorts of spice and seasoning packets. It was the age of convenience foods. Convenience was more important that ingredients, and I’m sure I ate my fair share of chemical concoctions along the way.

Fortunately, many people are realizing that health really comes from the foods we eat. There is a revival of cooking from scratch using real food ingredients.

So many recipes still call for convenience foods like seasoning packets. Over the years, I have come up with homemade versions so that I can still enjoy recipes I grew up on.

One of my weaknesses was always chips or veggies with onion dip. You just grab those little onion soup packets from the grocery store, mix it up with sour cream and you have a yummy treat. Unfortunately those onion soup packets have things like GMO corn and soy, MSG, partially hydrogenated oils and more in them.

One popular brand, Lipton Onion Soup Mix, contains the following ingredients: Onions (deyhydrated), salt, cornstarch, onion powder, sugar, corn syrup, hydrolyzed soy protein, caramel color, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, monosodium glutamate, yeast extract, natural flavors, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate.

I can hardly believe that mix is considered edible with those ingredients. So that my family can enjoy recipes that call for onion soup mix, I decided to make our own homemade version. It’s very easy to make and tastes great on pot roast!

Homemade Onion Soup Mix



  1. Put all of your ingredients in a mason jar (I like to use a quart jar so there is plenty of room for shaking), close the jar and shake until the ingredients are mixed
  2. You’ll need to shake the jar before each use as ingredients will settle.
  3. 2-3 tablespoons of this equals a single packet of store bought onion soup mix.

What’s your favorite way to use onion soup mix?

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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Christina@TheHippyHomemaker March 10, 2014 at 8:54 am

This is AWESOME!!!! I was just thinking the other day that I wanted to find a recipe for this! I always liked the onion dip that you make with those lipton packets and sour cream and I was wondering if I could make that again….only healthy! sooooo now I know what I am making for a snack this week :)
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2 Shai Ford March 10, 2014 at 10:02 am

This looks delish! I’ve never used a homemade version – my mom uses this to make french onion dip, too, so this is great!
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3 Lauryn March 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

This is wonderful Chrystal! I have a soup recipe that has been handed down to me that calls for a packet of onion soup mix. It is my favorite soup but I HATE putting that packet in. I can’t wait to make a batch of this so I can replace it:) Thank you!!
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4 Annie March 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

My mom used Lipton onion soup mixes in so many recipes growing up. Once I realized how awful the ingredient list was I stopped buying it years ago. I miss some of the meals my mom made with it so I’m thrilled to see a recipe to make my own healthy version!
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5 Gathered Again March 11, 2014 at 8:35 am

Hi Chrystal,

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m right there with you! I can’t imagine some of the stuff I’ve made my poor body process. The problem here is that GMO foods don’t have to be labeled as such (a shame). One thing I do, is look for products that you purchase on European grocery store sites as they have to tell you if it is GMO. This helps making prepackaged food items more identifiable, but doesn’t help with produce and meats :-/. I definitely look at the ingredients lists more carefully now.

All the best,
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6 Amber March 11, 2014 at 8:48 am

I love all the recipes you put up on your website. Keep them coming!
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7 Roechelle March 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I love it, healthy, simple and yummy. I have all of these ingredients, so I will be making some this weekend :)
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8 Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron March 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Onion soup is one of my favorite soups! Thanks for linking up to SNF! :)
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9 Sandy @ Being Content Where We Are March 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I’m pinning this to save it for later. We are slowly moving from convenience food to healthier foods. I love things that we can have ready a head of time.


10 Vickie March 16, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Meatloaf! My mom taught me to put onion soup mix in meatloaf and it seasons it perfectly! Really! Add in some eggs, a little ketchup (home made, of course), bread crumbs and a little pepper! Perfect! Thanks for the recipe – now I don’t have to feel guilty when I make it!
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11 Erlene March 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Thanks for posting this. I need to start making more of my own DIY mixes. Pinned. Visiting from A Pinch of Joy linky party.
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12 Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner? March 17, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Oh wow, I’m so excited to find a homemade version of onion soup mix! Thanks so much for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.
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13 Wendy @ www.mamasblogcentral.com March 18, 2014 at 6:52 am

What a money saver! Thanks for saving :)
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14 Linda March 18, 2014 at 5:22 pm

I love Onion-Roasted Potatoes, recipe on the Lipton’s box, I think its best with red potatoes. I also use onion soup mix in my crock pot pot roast.
I have a home made recipe for onoin soup mix already. It calls for beef boulion, onion powder & dehydrated onions. I think your recipe may be healthier. I’ll give it a try next time.
Aside from the unhealthy additives I dislike the idea of all the extra packaging that is involved in the store bought Onion Soup Mix.
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15 Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home March 19, 2014 at 7:51 am

Awesome idea! Pinned! ~Lisa
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