Homemade Ketchup


Something for your kids to dip their food in that actually counts as a veggie?!  No added sugar?!  Plus you can tweak it to suit your tastebuds?!  Yup, it’s Homemade Ketchup.

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I have nothing to tell you about.  I guess that’s what happens when you spend a week and half indoors with your kid recovering from his tonsillectomy, and then another week just trying to catch up on life, laundry, and the pursuit of blogging.  But I guess that’s OK, because today I am bringing you a recipe for ketchup.  Yes, plain old ketchup.  No fancy flavors.  No unique twists.  No pumpkin (although don’t tempt me – the thought has crossed my mind).  Just ketchup.  Is there really a story I could tell you that would actually make this exciting?

But seriously – what I said about it counting as a veggie – totally true.  I mean, it’s tomato paste with spices and some vinegar.  Pure, concentrated tomato.  No sweet gunky chemically stuff added to it.  I mean, remember that green and purple ketchup that was out a good number of years back?!  Ummm, why?!  That was the most repulsive thing I have ever seen.  Why would kids want to eat food with what looked like snot squirted all over it?!  I don’t get it.

But I can give you lots of pictures of ketchup.

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Ketchup with fries

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Ketchup with tots

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Because that is what I have been doing.  Making food and taking 349,847,658,934,659 pictures of it.

Sorry.  Except I’m not, really.

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Tell me your life is more exciting than mine.  Please.  So I can live vicariously through you.

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Homemade Ketchup
Homemade Ketchup is the perfect dip for your kids (or you) - no added sugar or funky ingredients, can be tweaked to your tastes, and it counts as a veggie!
Recipe type: Dip, Condiment
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • ¼-1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (see Note)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
If you use less than ½ c cider vinegar, add water to a total of ½ c liquid. We like the full ½ c, but you may prefer t less vinegary.

Recipe keeps well in the fridge, so it can easily be doubled and stored for a few weeks.


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Plain ketchup just doesn’t do it for you?  How about some fancy-pants ketchup…

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And some dipping sauces from my friends…

Want to see lots more yummy food from me and my friends, and cute pictures of my kids? 

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  1. says

    Wow! I am so excited to find this. With all the high fructose corn syrup issues in ketchup these days I’ve been on the lookout for a possible homemade version to try. This looks perfect and so easy! I’d  love to have you link this to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there. 

  2. says

    Well, thank you so much for providing a recipe like this! I’m thinking this could jazz up a low carb or Keto meatloaf. I would love to use this in an upcoming post, giving you credit and linking back?

  3. Sandy says

    I thought it interesting you take the time to make your own healthier ketchup, but yet showed a picture of it with processed tater tots.

  4. anita says

    I make nightshade free ketchup using pumpkin puree (tomato is a nightshade vegetable). A very similar recipe.

  5. Gretchen says

    I’m looking forward to trying this. I thought I had to give up ketchup due to the HFCS in it and I was bummed. Do you have a recipe for barbecue sauce using this ketchup?

    • pipi zaza says

      Hi Kamay,
      It is very easy to make your tomato paste. you don’t need tons, but you really have to cook it and let the water boil out of it. if you start with a few garlic on olive oil, it adds a special favour that the kids around me love.
      If you have an other few minutes, you can easily peel the tomato after putting it in boiling water for a few seconds.
      it takes 15 minutes.
      you can also leave the tomatoes in your oven drying. of course not too dry. it is longer, but it also makes a delicious paste without adding anything.
      to be honest i was very surprised seeing canned tomato in a diy recipe. If it comes to home made I am not joking :)

  6. Mary Sirisom says

    Sorry probably a silly question… but what kind of vinegar do I use, apple cider or just the normal vinegar.


  7. Jacquelyn Phelps says

    I actually took this recipe a little further——I added shredded celery, onions, garlic, bell peppers and a little maple syrup to the apple cider vinegar and other spices. Then, I cooked it for about 15 minutes. Cooled it. Put it in the blender, processed further, then poured into a jar. Everyone loves this! Thanks for posting it.

  8. chris norton says

    there is no ½ t dried oregano, ½ t cumin, ⅛ t pepper, or 1 t mustard powder in the ingredients in heinz ketchup. the flavor they put in it is alot of sugar and the salt. on the back of the ketchup bottle you can figure out exactly what they use in it by going by how much sugar they put in and other ingredients by the weight and “reverse engineer” it.

    • says

      I wasn’t trying to “reverse engineer” Heinz. I was trying to make a yummy tomato-based dip, WITHOUT a lot of sugar or salt to make it healthier for my kids, and I am pretty their “spice” and “natural flavors” might include some of these seasonings. I think I succeeded, but feel free to make your own version. Or just buy a bottle.

  9. says

    Thanks for this, I remember doing something similar years ago when we’d ran out of ketchup, so I scanned the ingredients and made my own healthier ketchup! Just wondering why I didn’t continue making it fresh. Now I make everything I can myself. Actually, the only processed foods I buy, are bread and pain au chocolat for the kids, must attempt to make those myself! Great site Brianne.

  10. ed campbell says

    I love your recipes. Tomato ketchup is something that I have been making a couple years. I am concerned with “tomato paste from a can”. I have never found tomato sauce in a can that is BPA free. Due to the acidity of tomato products, I choose not to buy tomato products in cans. I choose to cook my own tomatoes. If you have a better solution, I would live to hear it. Thanks.

  11. mandi says

    I saw this recipe and being the DIY cook that I am came over to check it out. When I looked at the ingredients I thought “well, except for no sugar that is exactly the ingredients in my ketchup” I do not mind sugar, as long as it is sugar and not a fake excuse for sugar and I eat a healthy enough diet that I am not going to be concerned about the nutritional value of a T of ketchup.

    And then I checked out the ingredients in my bottle of ketchup (which is now in the bin)! I am horrified. There are flavours and HFCS!!!! In England, Heinz ketchup is exactly your recipe with some (proper) sugar!
    You Americans are being poisoned!
    Going to make this tomorrow- to replace the bottle I just trashed! Thank you

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