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Homemade Onion Soup Mix

homemade onion soup mix

My Homemade Onion Soup Mix recipe is a dupe for Lipton’s Beefy Onion Soup mix. Y’all know I love making the smaller things from scratch, and this is one of my favorite creations. I tested and tried many variations that I found online before I rolled up my sleeves and decided to try it myself! I have noted that this recipe is adapted from one of them, tho because it was my jumpoff point and we believe in providing credit in these parts.

I’ve provided this recipe to you before with my Onion-Roasted Potatoes recipe, but I figured it deserved its own post because it’s multi-purpose! Scroll down for a list of deepfriedhoney recipes it would be great in.

Homemade Onion Soup Mix Ingredients

Feel free to jump to the full recipe, but here are useful notes about the ingredients you will need to make this Homemade Onion Soup Mix recipe:

  • Dried minced onion, onion powder: It’s not onion soup without these! Dried minced onion is exactly what it sounds like: dehydrated pieces of onion. You might find them labeled as onion flakes. If you’re unable to find it locally, you can order some here. 
  • Beef bouillon powder: If you’re watching your sodium intake you’ll want to use low-sodium beef bouillon powder, but note that there is no salt called for in this Homemade Onion Soup Mix recipe.
  • Paprika, garlic powder, celery seed, umami powder: These are the other main components of my soup mix. I think the flavor is just right. I use Trader Joe’s multi-purpose Umami Seasoning. You can use any you find listed as umami or mushroom powder. They sometimes contain salt.
  • Cornstarch: The ingredients label on Lipton’s packaging lists both maltodextrin and cornstarch as ingredients. I found that adding a small amount of cornstarch or an even smaller amount of maltodextrin to the dry mix made it distribute and adhere better. It also prevented clumping. I figured very few people keep have maltodextrin on hand, so I used cornstarch in the recipe. It can all be omitted. 

What To Make With Homemade Onion Soup Mix

You can use this Homemade Onion Soup Mix anywhere you’d use a packet of Lipton’s Beefy Onion Soup mix! It can be used as a base for soup or dip, you mix it with liquids of your choice to form a marinade, you can even sprinkle it on rice as a topper, similar to Furikake! Sky’s the limit, really. Here are a few recipes that could only be improved by its addition (or already call for it)…

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Homemade Onion Soup Mix in Elegant White Bowl on Marble Surface

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

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  • Author: María
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 5 2oz packets 1x


I won’t say it’s exactly the same, but pretty damn close! 


  • 3/4 C dehydrated minced onion
  • 1/3 C beef bouillon powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cornstarch*
  • 1/2 tsp umami mushroom powder
  • 1/4 tsp celery seeds
  • 1/4 tsp paprika


  1. I mean, just mix it all together! Store it in a mason jar in a cool, dark place for up to 4 months. It will lose potency as it sits, so no longer. 


  • Adapted from AllRecipes
  • This can be omitted, or replaced with half the amount of maltodextrin if you happen to have some on hand. It’s for thickening and anti-clump purposes.
  • Prep Time: 5
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