Lipton Onion Soup Mix Copycat Recipe


Homemade versions of store-bought staples can be really useful.  Sometimes, the DIY version is healthier, cheaper, and/or allows you to swap out off-limits ingredients.  Most times, they taste better, too.

This copycat version of the well-known onion soup packets is something I often use in a super-easy, fall-apart-tender recipe for chuck roast.  The sodium content will be better than with the name brand packet, but bouillon is still high in sodium.  Keep in mind that the following recipe makes the equivalent of 4-1/2 packets.   There are sodium-free beef bouillon options if this is a concern–organic options exist as well.  (Note that a sodium-free option will likely taste bland compared to what you are used to, but seasoning your recipe with a measured amount of salt at the end can be done.)

So if you have recipes tucked away for meatloaf, French onion dip, or your mom’s classic chicken and rice casserole that call for these pre-made packets, this might be reason to revisit them.

Lipton Onion Soup Mix Copycat Recipe
Yields approximately 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (or 4 1/2 "packets").
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  1. 3/4 cup dried minced onions (onion flakes; found in the spice aisle)
  2. 1/3 cup beef bouillon powder (see notes)
  3. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon onion powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
  5. 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  6. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  7. 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  1. Chop or grind the celery seeds to break them up a little. (I find this easiest to do with my chef's knife.)
  2. Mix all ingredients. Some brands of bouillon may be a bit clumpy, In this case, break up the clumps.
  3. One packet of the purchased mix equals 1 ounce or about 1/4 cup of this mix. Divide into individual zipper top bags or small jars, and store in a cupboard or other cool, dark place.
  1. I use Herb-Ox granulated beef bouillon. If needed, Herb-Ox has a sodium-free option and organic options are available.
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The following is an old picture where I tested an all-natural bouillon powder that was much darker in color.

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  1. Gail

    So glad to see a home made version of the Lipton Onion Soup recipe. The store bought version has trans fat in it which I avoid if at all possible. I use your recipe for the taco seasoning all the time. I have a old recipe book titled More Make A Mix Cookery which has a lot of home made mixes. It also has a recipe for Onion Seasoning Mix which I will send to your e-mail address.

    1. Ann

      Thank you for your comment and subsequent email, Gail. You mentioned that your current recipe doesn’t have enough flavor, so I hope this one is a better option for you. Glad you enjoy the taco mix!

  2. Krissie

    Chicken in Milk recipe

    Thank you so much for this great recipe. I usually ‘file’ recipes, but this one I made the same day as you offered it on your website! I followed the recipe fairly closely however I used 2 cups of coconut milk and 1/4 cup of chicken broth to thin it out, instead of the 2 cups of 2% milk, due to a milk intolerance and I used only chicken thighs. I deboned and froze dinner portions. I also kept some out to make chicken soup, adding both 16:1 ratio of chicken broth and coconut milk. The soup was also yummy. Thanks again, I shall make this recipe often and share it with my culinary friends!

    1. Ann

      Love that you made the Chicken in Milk recipe and enjoyed it. Your coconut milk substitution sounds delightful, as does the soup. Thanks for your great feedback, Krissie!

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  4. Michelle

    Made the mix with your chuck roast recipe. Not only did the kitchen smell amazing all afternoon, everyone practically licked their plates and the meat was the most tender I’ve eaten in ages. Thanks so much for sharing this easy, delicious recipe!

  5. Barbara

    Thank you VERY much for this recipe. My husband was recently put on a strict low-sodium diet, which I find a challenge, to say the least! This recipe is most helpful. Many thanks.

  6. Becky

    I’ve used onion soup mix for a chuck roast before, but this time I used your homemade mix, wrapped the roast in foil, and put it in the slow cooker on low all day. I added some potatoes and carrots around the roast, sprinkled with a bit of extra soup mix and added a very small amount of hot water. It was great! The meat was very tender and delicious; thanks for the recipe!

  7. Natalia

    So glad to find this recipe. I live in Uruguay, and there’s no way to get Lipton’s Onion Dip. My boyfriend and I love it, and we both went crazy when I found this copycat. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!