Lipton Onion Soup Mix Copycat Recipe

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Lipton Onion Soup Mix Copycat Recipe -a perfect sub for the store-bought packets and you control the ingredients

A homemade version of this popular pantry staple is easy and economical to make for convenient use whenever needed. A single recipe makes 4½ “packets.” 




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
Yield: approximately 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (or 4½ "packets")
A homemade version of this popular pantry staple is easy and economical to make for convenient use whenever needed.
  • ¾ cup dried minced onions (onion flakes; found in the spice aisle)
  • ⅓ cup beef bouillon powder (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ⅛ 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 ¼ cup of this mix. Divide into individual zipper top bags or small jars, and store in a cupboard or other cool, dark place.
  • 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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Lipton Onion Soup Mix Copycat Recipe -a perfect sub for the store-bought packets and you control the ingredients

The following is an old picture where I tested an all-natural bouillon powder that was much darker in color.

Lipton Onion Soup Mix Copycat Recipe -a perfect sub for the store-bought packets and you control the ingredients

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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!

  8. Lisa

    I have been in search of a recipe for the Lipton onion soup mix and would love to try your recipe, but I don’t see it listed here.

    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Lisa, I’m having a temporary glitch with the recipe card feature and hope to have it remedied quickly. I apologize for the inconvenience and will let you know when it’s fixed!

  9. Jen H.

    This is phenomenal. I have to reduce my sodium consumption and this recipe is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I grew up with the Lipton onion soup chuck roast in foil, and the Lipton onion soup sour cream dip.
    Many thanks for this recipe, the roast recipe, and the suggestion for Herb-Ox low sodium bullion!

  10. Richard Langley

    Best lipton copycat recipe. Taste just like the dip I used to make with the package stuff, only better. Thanks for the recipe, it’s a keeper

  11. Brooke

    I am so excited to find this! My husband can’t have foods with yeast extract, so I’m having trouble finding a way to make this work since I have yet to find a bullion cube/powder that doesn’t have yeast extract. What do you think I could do to still make this recipe work? Thanks so much!

    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Brooke, I just did a quick search and it seems as though Knorr’s beef bouillon contains yeast extract but its chicken bouillon does not. I thought maybe Better than Bouillon would be different (and you could then add it at the end and use as a wet rub in many cases), but the same difference applied. (Herb-ox uses the ingredient in both.) Short of lucking into a yeast-free beef bouillon, I’d be inclined to use the Knorr’s chicken option and see what you think. If you try, I’d love to know how you make out!

  12. jennifer

    is there a way to convert to the bouillon cubes?
    i suppose i could go and buy powder, but i was trying to make without going to the store….
    but maybe that wouldnt work because the bouillon wouldnt be evenly distributed?

    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Jennifer, To make use of what you have on hand, you could grind the cubes to a powder. I haven’t done this, so I’m not sure how difficult it would be to grind them into a smooth powder. If placing them in a zipper bag and rolling them or using a mortar and pestle (if you have one) doesn’t seem so easy, you could grind them in a mini chopper or processor.

  13. Jen

    Thank you so much for this. Made my favorite meatloaf and was trying to avoid the store during 2020 quarantine! This recipe was exactly what I needed.

    1. Ann Post author

      I’m so happy to read this, Jen. Kudos to you for being resourceful and avoiding a trip to the store. Homemade meatloaf sounds so good right now!

  14. Susan H Frye

    I share recipes with a site for people with dietary issues. They often need low sodium. How does using the dry boullion compare to the brand name packet. I’ve been trying to put together substitue recipes for things like this. I also want to make this roast right away!

    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Susan, How wonderful that you do that! The sodium content on the dry bouillon may vary a good bit from one brand to the next, and I’m not sure what the availability of a low-sodium option is. I purchase mine in bulk from a local market. As for the roast…it’s a family favorite!