Lawson’s Chip Dip is a famous French onion dip from the Midwest. If you’re from that area of the county, you may be familiar with it. And if you are, it’s probably one of your favorite chip dips. If you’re not, just hang in there with me, because you will be soon!
Though I’m not from the Midwest, I’ve spent some time in Northeast Ohio. I’m also a bit of a dip junkie. Unfortunately, Lawson’s Chip Dip is only available in certain parts of the country, and New York isn’t one of those areas.
The good news, though, is that I have the perfect copycat recipe. I’m also willing to share 😉 Because there’s nothing better than a simple 3-ingredient chip dip.
What You’ll Need For Lawson’s Chip Dip Recipe
Philadelphia Chive and Onion Cream Cheese. Using Philadelphia Chive and Onion Cream Cheese in this copycat Lawson’s Chip Dip recipe makes a significant difference. This particular cream cheese adds a rich and creamy texture to the dip. With the chive and onion flavor, the dip has a subtle, aromatic depth, eliminating the requirement for additional herbs and seasoning.
Sour Cream. Sour Cream introduces a tangy contrast to the richness of the cream cheese. Its acidity cuts through the creaminess, creating a balanced profile that’s not overly rich. The smooth, velvety texture of sour cream also complements the cream cheese, contributing to an irresistibly creamy dip.
Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix. Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix serves as the all-in-one seasoning powerhouse for this recipe. It combines a variety of spices and flavors, from garlic and onion to parsley and dill, in just the right proportions. This mix adds that quintessential ranch flavor that makes Lawson’s Chip Dip so addictive, giving it a savory, herbal kick that ties all the other ingredients together.
How to Make Lawson’s Copycat Chip Dip
- 1 container of Philadelphia Chive and Onion Cream Cheese (7.5 oz.)
- 8 ounces sour cream (or a sour cream substitute)
- 1 tbsp Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix (any dry ranch seasoning mix will work)
Remove your cream cheese from the refrigerator and let sit until soft.
In a bowl, combine the softened cream cheese spread, the sour cream, and one tablespoon of the dry ranch dressing mix. If you have a hand mixer, you can use this to whip the cream cheese and sour cream together. But if you don’t, that’s totally ok. You’ll just need to put a little extra elbow grease into it.
For this particular chip dip recipe, I recommend using a fork to combine your ingredients. It’s easier to break up the clumps and get a smoother consistency.
Lawson’s Chip Dip
- 7.5 oz onion and chive cream cheese
- 8 oz sour cream
- 1 tbsp Ranch dip mix
- Remove your cream cheese from the refrigerator and let sit until soft.
- When your cream cheese is soft, combine it with the sour cream and 1 tablespoon of Ranch Dip Mix. If you have a hand mixer you can use this to whip the cream cheese and sour cream together. But if you don't, that's totally ok. You’ll just need to put a little extra elbow grease into it.
Lawsons Chip Dip Substitutions and Variations
Make Your Own Flavored Cream Cheese
You can substitute regular cream cheese mixed with chopped fresh chives and a small amount of minced onion. If desired, a pinch of garlic powder can also add extra flavor. And if you can only find an onion cream cheese spread or chive cream cheese, either will also work.
Replace 1 cup of Philadelphia Chive and Onion Cream Cheese with 1 cup of regular cream cheese plus 1 tablespoon of chopped chives and 1 teaspoon of minced onion.
Swap Out the Sour Cream
Greek yogurt or crème fraîche can serve as a suitable alternative to sour cream, depending on your preference for tanginess and fat content. You could also use a plant-based dairy product to make it dairy-free.
Replace 1 cup of sour cream with 1 cup of Greek yogurt or crème fraîche.
Make Your Own Ranch Mix
You can make your own ranch seasoning mix using a combination of dried herbs and spices such as dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill weed, and salt.
To replace one packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix, combine 1 tablespoon dried parsley, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon dried dill weed, and ½ teaspoon salt.
More Ways to Use Lawson’s Chip Dip
This creamy chip dip goes with lots more than just potato chips. From using it as a delicious veggies dip with carrots or broccoli to on sandwiches instead of mayonnaise, there are lots of uses for this recipe. It’s a definitely crowd please as an easy appetizer at your next party.
This chicken rice dish is the perfect winter dish when you you’re looking for a comforting dish that sticks to your ribs.
Elevate a classic by replacing boring mayo with Lawson’s creamy dip recipe. You’ll never go back to a typical BLT.
Finally, is there anything better than creamy pasta? I think not. This French onion dip pasta can easily be made with Lawson’s. Enjoy!
Lawson’s Chip Dip FAQs
Where do they sell Lawson’s Chip Dip?
This dip originated at Lawson’s convenience store. And though the stores have been gone for over 20 years, the famous chip dip lives on. You can still purchase the famous creamy dip at the Circle K stores and gas stations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and parts of Kentucky.
Can you freeze lawson’s chip dip?
Yes, you can freeze Lawson’s chip dip, but there are some considerations to keep in mind. Freezing may alter the texture of the dip, particularly if it contains dairy, which can become somewhat grainy when thawed. However, the flavor generally remains intact. To freeze this easy dip recipe, first allow it to cool to room temperature. Then transfer the flavorful dip into an airtight container, leaving a little space at the top to allow for expansion as it freezes. Seal the container tightly and label it with the date before placing it in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy the dip again, thaw it in the refrigerator and give it a good stir to recombine any separated ingredients.
Can you still buy lawson’s chip dip?
Yes, you can still buy Lawson’s chip dip at select locations. Lawson’s, originally a chain of stores, is known for its popular French onion chip dip among other products. While the stores themselves are no longer as widespread, the famous dip is still produced and sold in some grocery stores and online platforms. Availability may vary by region, so it’s a good idea to check with local retailers or online to see if you can find this nostalgic favorite near you.
More Dip and Condiment Recipes
Have questions or suggestions? Leave them in the comments below. Until next time: Stay salty, and sweet 😉
Are you looking for more recipes from popular restaurants? We’ve got just that! Here’s our roundup of favorite copycat restaurants, from places like Texas Roadhouse to the Olive Garden.