Homemade Onion Soup Mix

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Dry Homemade Onion Soup Mix in Mason Jar

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!  If you’re looking to avoid MSG, you can find beef bullion without MSG at most health food or organic stores or even online on Amazon!  Most grocery stores have a bulk area which is a great place to grab ingredients for this!

Homemade Onion Soup Mix is easy to make and can replace an Onion Soup Mix Packet in a recipe! Perfect for french onion dip, potatoes, chicken and meatloaf!

Using & Keeping Dry Onion Soup Mix

This 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!

I usually triple this recipe and keep it in the cupboard!  Homemade Onion Soup Mix will keep in the cupboard for about 6 months so it’s easy to mix up a batch so you’ll always have it ready to go!


Items You’ll Need for This Recipe

* onion flakes * beef bullion (or MSG Free) * storage jars *

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4 from 6 votes
Review Recipe


Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 10
Author Holly
Course Seasonings
Cuisine American
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!


  • 1/2 cup onion flakes
  • 7 tablespoons beef bullion granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

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

Recipe Notes

5 tablespoons = 1 packet of soup mix
Nutrition Information
Calories: 10, Potassium: 45mg, Carbohydrates: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1%, Vitamin C: 2.5%, Calcium: 0.7%, Iron: 0.4%

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

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  1. 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. 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.

    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.

  2. 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!!

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

  4. 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. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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


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

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

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!!