Beer Cheese and Onion Soup/Dip

Who loves pub food?  You know, chicken wings, flatbreads, hot pretzels, and some yummy beer cheese dip?  Okay, on second thought… who doesn’t love pub food?!  I love it so much that I made a meal out of it… literally lol.  I took the standard beer cheese dip and kicked it up a notch by adding some bacon (because, well… BACON!), and caramelized onions 😀

You know that amazing beer cheese dip you get at pubs? Now you can make that at home, with the addition of flavorful caramelized onions!

I actually made this as a soup, so it was a little thinner than a normal beer cheese dip, but you could easily adapt this and make it a little thicker to use it as dip if you’d like 🙂

It was pretty fun to make a meal like this… out of appetizer-types of food.  I highly recommend it!

This beer cheese soup is actually pretty simple to make, just start by cooking some sliced bacon in the bottom of a dutch oven or whatever pot you usually cook soup in.  Once the bacon has browned and cooked, remove it with a slotted spoon to a paper towel to drain.  Now saute your finely diced onions right there in the bacon grease… how’s that for some amazing flavor?

You know that amazing beer cheese dip you get at pubs?  Now you can make that at home, with the addition of flavorful caramelized onions!

In all honesty here, I diced my onions a little too big… whoops!

Stir in your flour and salt, then gradually add your liquids, whisking to incorporate.  I chose to do a chicken stock, beer and milk combination, which I think was a great mix of creamy without being too heavy and rich.  You could certainly play around with different combinations and do just milk and beer, all milk, etc.

You know that amazing beer cheese dip you get at pubs?  Now you can make that at home, with the addition of flavorful caramelized onions!

Certainly not the best picture, but it at least gives you an idea of what it’ll look like at this point

Next, add a dash of hot sauce and ground mustard, season with pepper, and stir until it thickens.  Once it thickens, add your shredded cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.

You can leave this soup plain, or you can top it with some tasty toppings… I chose to use some extra shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, chives and sliced green onions 🙂

After I made this, I started thinking about other ways to change this meal up (I do that a lot lol), and I think this soup would be fantastic with some diced or shredded potato in it, or topped with some homemade garlic croutons.  Now I’m all excited to make this again, and again 😀

Beer Cheese Soup - You know that amazing beer cheese dip you get at pubs? Now you can make that at home, with the addition of flavorful caramelized onions!

Beer Cheese Soup - You know that amazing beer cheese dip you get at pubs? Now you can make that at home, with the addition of flavorful caramelized onions!

Look at that cheesy goodness!!  Doesn’t that make your mouth just water?

So you’re probably wondering… now that you’ve got this great soup/dip, what should you have with it?  How about some Baked Soft Pretzel Sticks, brushed with a garlic and herb butter, all from scratch?  Sounds pretty yummy doesn’t it?

You know that amazing beer cheese dip you get at pubs? Now you can make that at home, with the addition of flavorful caramelized onions!

I hope you all enjoy this one!!

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You know that amazing beer cheese dip you get at pubs? Now you can make that at home, with the addition of flavorful caramelized onions!

Onion Beer Cheese Soup/Dip

You know that amazing beer cheese dip you get at pubs? Now you can make that at home, with the addition of flavorful caramelized onions!
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Recipe Author The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups shredded cheese such as cheddar, colby jack, etc.
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Dash of ground mustard
  • TOPPINGS:
  • Chopped chives
  • Sliced green onions
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Slice bacon into small strips, saute in bottom of dutch oven or soup pot.
  • Remove browned bacon with a slotted spoon and place on paper towel.
  • Add diced onions to bacon grease and 1 Tbsp butter and saute over medium heat until caramelized.
  • Stir in flour, cook for 1 minute, then whisk in beer and cook for another minute.
  • Add in chicken stock and milk and whisk to incorporate.
  • Cook until thickened, then add shredded cheese and stir well.
  • Top with desired toppings.
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15 comments on “Beer Cheese and Onion Soup/Dip”

  1. This sounds great! I’m going to try this tonite for my pretzels, (that i eat all the time), Also i think I’m going to cook a cpl porterhouse stks and fettuccine & pour half the cheese sauce in a bowl & set it aside, (For my pretzels) & thin the sauce up to pour over my noodles!!
    I can’t wait to try it, cuz everytime i make a cheese sauce i just start throwing different Ingredients in each time, (depending on what i have in the fridge at the time & colby jack and fontina are my favorite cheeses!) Thanks so much for this recipe, I will let you know how it turned out.

  2. This looks amazing! What type of beer did you use for this?

    • Thank you Jacqueline! I used a regular lager, but I would just use whatever kind of beer you like to drink 🙂 The only beer that I think wouldn’t really work all that well would be a super dark beer, like a stout.

  3. This looks pretty amazing to me! Wish I was having a bowl of it for lunch! Pinning and sharing!

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  5. Looks great! I’m always looking for new stuff to try out when entertaining.
    Jennie
    TheHousewifModern.com
    p.s. I found your post via the “Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party”
    p.p.s. Going to check out your Pinterest right now! (not to mention going to pin this recipe)

  6. I’ve been craving some good beer cheese soup! You’re killin me with those pretzels too!

  7. Oh this sounds awesome! Great for a party! Pinned 🙂

  8. Wow…. just, wow.