Roasted Cherry Tomato and Sweet Onion Dip- The Hot Mess

You’re lookin’ a hot mess or what we call our roast tomato sweet onion dip. And we’re not talking about emotional issues or drama. We’re throwing it all out there for you all to see, straight from the oven and ready to be devoured. This cheese dip is the epitome of a hot mess, but it’s so freaking good, you’ll be glad that we didn’t make time to clean it up.The Hot Mess Dip: Roast Tomato Sweet Onion Dip. Hot Cheese onion dip baked in the oven from @whiteonrice

It was so hard to not face-plant into this dip when it was bubbly, drippy, hot and messy from the oven. Probably the realization that we’d burn ourselves is what kept us civilized. When it comes to cheese dips, our friends are like beasts and un-tamed hungry animals waiting to lick every smear of our sweet onion dip.

Our sweet onion dip, aka “Crack-dip”, has made it’s round quite a bit online. We first shared this recipe in 2008 but finally gave it a hero’s welcome in our Bountiful cookbook and re-shared the recipe again last year on this blog post. Since then, it was given new life and enjoyed again on party tables across America.

Video of our scrumptious roast tomato sweet onion dip: 

The Hot Mess Dip: Roast Tomato Sweet Onion Dip. Hot Cheese onion dip baked in the oven from @whiteonrice

Thanks all for making us so proud. This sweet onion dip is our little baby and it’s so great to know that for many of you, it’s like cheese-crack.

Now are you ready for the latest version? We added fresh cherry tomatoes on top! It’s was a totally random idea because our garden is giving off some seriously beautiful cherry tomatoes.

The Hot Mess Dip: Roast Tomato Sweet Onion Dip. Hot Cheese onion dip baked in the oven from @whiteonrice

Our favorite way to eat the crack dip is to spread some of this cheesy-goodness on some fresh bread and top it with a slice of fresh heirloom tomato. The tomato is a nice balance to the rich dip and it’s a match made in heaven.

So we thought it would be nice to have some roasted cherry tomatoes to eat with the dip and rather than roast them separately, we just plopped them on the dip and baked it all together. What resulted was a hot mess of delicious roasted tomatoes on top of the perfectly brown-crusted sweet onion dip.

The Hot Mess Dip: Roasted Tomato and Sweet Onion Cheese Dip on

It’s to die for and you can bet this hot mess will make an appearance at every single gathering we have this Summer, or at least until we run out of cherry tomatoes.

Hey, maybe we’ll re-name this dip to “The Hot Mess” and if we were to couple it with the “Crack Dip”, it could be the “Hot Mess Crack Dip”. Yeah? Ok. Let’s dive in.


diane and todd

5 from 1 vote
Roasted Cherry Tomato and Sweet Onion Cheese Dip Recipe
Total Time
1 hr

See post for additional recipe notes and watch the video for a quick tutorial. Our original sweet onion crack dip can be found in our Bountiful cookbook and was re-shared last year on this blog post.

Servings: 6 Servings
  • about 8 oz of cherry tomatoes , depending on baking dish you use & how many tomatoes you need to cover the dip
  • 1 (8-ounce / 225-g) package cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup (100g) freshly grated Parmesean
  • 1 cup (240ml) mayo (preferably Best Foods brand)
  • 1 medium sweet onion , diced (about 1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan, onion, and black pepper and until everything is thoroughly combined.
  3. Spread the cheese mixture into a 6-inch (15-cm) baking dish or any oven-safe dish. Lay cherry tomatoes across the dip.
  4. Bake for about 50 minutes to one hour, until the tomatoes are roasted and the cheese is bubbly hot and brown. We like to bake it further to get a really brown crust on the dip.

  5. Serve with your favorite crackers, crusty bread or crunchy vegetables such as radishes, jicama, carrots, and celery. To make it gluten free or paleo, don't serve it with bread. Instead, just serve it with the crunchy vegetables or gluten free bread.
{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Buda Bab

    Made this and other appetizers for a dinner party last night. It turned out delicious, but I thought it was too salty and I love salty. This was probably from the Parmesean. My guests however, devoured it leaving me nothing for a second taste and opinion.

  2. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    yum!! this looks too good.. perfect for the winter weather here! definitely will be recreating this in my kitchen.

  3. bev @ bevcooks

    Oh heavens. I’m done for.

  4. Jeff @

    This tomato crack dip is amazing! Where enjoying it while watching game 5 of the NBA Finals.

  5. Wendy

    This looks so incredibly delicious that I can not wait for a special occasion to make it! I could, on the other hand, make this for dinner and just hand out spoons! 🙂 Serving with crunchy vegetables sounds perfect to me!

  6. Ash

    Holy moley does this look good. I am so excited to try it.

  7. Jessica @FoodLuvBites

    Hilarious name however it def doesn’t look a hot mess. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Matt @ Plating Pixels

    I watched a good amount of your online workshop yesterday. Amazing stuff. You guys are incredible and work very well together. Thank you!

  9. Abbe@This is How I Cook

    Time to get crackin’ and make this dip! Because then I’d get to eat it! Well, if I was lucky and no one stole it out from under me!

  10. Jen

    Wow this looks scrumptious! And I totally love that blue baking dish. Where did you find it?

  11. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    So gorgeous, love the way the light hits this. Currently watching your CreativeLive class and learning so much! 🙂

  12. Monica

    Hi – did I miss where the onion is added and if it needs to be cooked first? Sounds good – would love to make.

    Thank you!

  13. Lucrecer

    Looking forward to the class! Best of luck!

  14. Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife

    This looks SO delicious! My hubby calls me The Hot Mess all the time, so I absolutely have to make this dip! Gorgeous photos – looking forward to your photography workshop today!

  15. Belinda@themoonblushbaker

    What a dip! I can not believe such a gorgeous is so easy with such normal ingredients. The bubbly dip is great for Friday fun.

  16. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    This looks and sounds incredible! I’ve made your Crack Dip (so good!) and I love tomatoes so I know I would love this stuff! Pinned! And that blue baking dish is so pretty!

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