Homemade Onion Soup Mix

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Homemade Onion Soup Mix is easy to make, really inexpensive and it tastes great!  The best part is you know exactly what goes into it! We love adding this homemade onion soup mix to beef stew, using it as a steak rub, or mixing it into mashed potatoes

Amazon. Most grocery stores have a bulk area which is a great place to grab ingredients for this recipe.
Homemade Onion Soup Mix in a jar

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

We love having this homemade onion soup mix ready to go. My brother in law is allergic to MSG, so it’s always great to have an easy seasoning on hand when we are entertaining for him!

This homemade onion soup mix is great in soups like chicken noodle soup, but it works for just about anything you want to add some flavor to. Grilled chicken breasts, 4 Ingredient Chicken Rice Casserole, you name it!

What Is In Onion Soup Mix

Homemade onion soup mix will almost always contain the following:

  • onion flakes
  • beef bouillon granules
  • onion powder
  • paprika
  • garlic powder

I like to add black pepper to my homemade onion soup mix. With pepper, it’s important to make sure it’s finely ground. If it has big granules, it will not mix into the seasoning well!

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Ingredients for Homemade Onion Soup Mix

How To Make Onion Soup Mix

a spoon full of Homemade Onion Soup Mix

To make this homemade onion soup mix:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Pour mixture into an airtight container and store

Homemade onion soup mix will last in your cupboard for up to 6 months. On the bottom of the jars, I write the date they expire so I know how long they are good for! (Oil or hand sanitizer will remove sharpie from glass when you’re done with it).

This homemade onion soup mix can be used to replace an envelope of Lipton Onion Soup Mix in recipes! It’s great for meatloaf, chicken and french onion dip.  And of course to make a simple onion soup!

Homemade Onion Soup Mix in a jar
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Review Recipe

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 10
Author Holly Nilsson
Homemade Onion Soup Mix is easy to make, really inexpensive and it tastes great! The best part is you know exactly what goes into it!


  • cup onion flakes
  • 7 tablespoons beef bullion granules
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

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  • Combine all ingredient and seal in an airtight container.
  • Store in the cupboard up to 6 months.
  • Five tablespoons = 1 packet of soup mix

Recipe Notes

5 tablespoons = 1 packet of soup mix

Nutrition Information

Calories: 14, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 841mg, Potassium: 44mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 49IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword homemade onion soup mix
Course Seasonings
Cuisine American
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  1. Thank you so much for this! I wanted to make chicken and rice for dinner and DID NOT want to go to the store. I had all the ingredients on hand, and your right. – it’s nice to know exactly what’s in it!5 stars

  2. “Five tablespoons = 1 packet of soup mix
    Recipe Notes
    5 tablespoons = 1 packet of soup mix”

    I think you should revisit your measurements.

    1. Hi Maebelle, a minimal amount of carbs can be found in almost all ingredients listed in this recipe. Hope that helps!

  3. I was excited for msg free onion soup mix but yeast extract is the same thing as MSG, they’ve just rebranded it since so many people avoid “MSG” specifically. I’ll look for a yeast-free/MSG free bullion and try this out though since I’m allergic to both MSG and yeast.

      1. The first item in the Watkins boullion that I found was Hydrolyzed soy protein, that is another form of MSG. I have never found a boullion that is safe for someone that has MSG sensitivity. I would love to have something that I can use.

    1. Yes, you can add water to this recipe if you’d like to make a soup or it can be used without water to add to casseroles or other dishes for flavour.

  4. HI,




    1. While I’ve only made the recipe as written, if you leave out the onion flakes, you may want to consider adding more onion powder to your taste.

  5. I love this recipe!  I use it to make a chicken dinner gluten free, and my family cannot tell the difference between this and the packets of onion soup mix.  EXCELLENT!!

  6. Thanks so much for this. It’s a great replacement for the box version. I just used it in meatloaf. Worked like a charm!5 stars

  7. 5 tablespoons = 1 packet, are you crazy? I used 4 tablespoons in my recipe that called for one packet and it was WAY too salty! I think 2 tablespoons is more like it. 1 star

    1. I don’t *think* I’m crazy. :) I’ve made this several times and it’s worked perfectly for me, it could be that the brand of bouillon you used had a higher level of salt than the one I use.

      1. Patty it does say that 5 tablespoons equals one packet of the store brought onion soup mix, not teaspoons. Look at where she writes the directions on how to use it. 

  8. I love the idea of making this in place of the store bought which is loaded with MSG. Thank you! I make French onion soup all the time. 1 32oz box low sodium beef stock, 1 packet onion soup mix OR 5 tbs homemade onion soup mix, 1 C water, 5 Vidalia onions sliced and 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce.
    Carmelize your onions then add all ingredients and simmer 1 hour. So delicious

    1. While I have only tried this recipe as written, you could certainly try this with a vegetarian bouillon powder or soup base substitute. I can’t say for sure how it would change the flavor.

  9. thanks for all the yummy recipes! I have a question that maybe you could answer, do you know of a bullion that does not have yeast extract in it? My hubby and son are allergic to yeast and the yeast extract is enough to really make them sick! Thanks

    1. Watkins Beef Soup and Gravy Base, which I found on Amazon, is completely yeast free, as another person with a yeast allergy, I’m certain (unless they’re hiding anything). I even run a yeast-free food blog and wrote a cookbook (that isn’t published, sadly), so I’m very up on all the things with yeast.

  10. HI Molly, Thanks for this recipe! Glad I came across it. I usually buy the package and sift out the onions because my girls hate them!

  11. This is absolutely amazing! Just like the “real thing” and perfect for my daughter with Celiac. I use it for dip, meatloaf, and roasted potatoes!

  12. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I love this on roasted veggies, but I prefer not to purchase the stuff in the packet.


  13. I really like the fact that I can control the sodium content. Prepackaged onion soup mix is far too salty for my tastes.

  14. That is delicious, I will try it for myself, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

  15. I love homemade mixes your Onion Soup Mix looks great! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful week.
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    Miz Helen

  16. Oh yum! I love this idea of making your own so that you know what is in it! Thanks so much for sharing this! I will definitely be making this!

  17. I love this! Being able to make your own as needed or store it for later use is perfect! I love that it will keep for 6 months. Thanks so much for sharing this keeper!!