Want to make homemade ketchup that tastes better than the store-bought option?
This recipe has the perfect blend of sweet-tangy flavor, and it’s quick to whip up with pantry staples like tomato paste, spices, and vinegar. No cooking or blending involved!
Healthy Ketchup Using Tomato Paste
This homemade ketchup uses tomato paste to achieve an unbeatable texture and it’s healthier than store-bought since there’s no high fructose corn syrup or additives. The flavor is perfect with fries, chicken nuggets, burgers, and whatever else you love to dip with ketchup.
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Homemade Ketchup Ingredients
You’ll find everything you need to make homemade ketchup in the list below.
Some of the spices mentioned may come as a surprise, but once you try it, you’ll see how they work together to give this condiment a delicious balance of flavor.
- tomato paste: is pure concentrated tomato in a smooth paste. It’s essential to make this homemade ketchup recipe.
- sugar: enhances the savory flavors and spices.
- salt: balances out the sweetness from the sugar.
- allspice: a combination of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It’s another staple ingredient for ketchup.
- cinnamon: extra cinnamon gives the sauce a slightly spicy and sweet flavor.
- cloves: just a pinch for extra depth of flavor.
- cayenne: adds a little kick of spice.
- garlic powder: balances out the cinnamon, cloves, and cayenne.
- onion powder: similar to garlic powder and helps boost the savory flavor in the ketchup.
- white wine vinegar: gives homemade ketchup the tangy flavor we love. You could also use regular white vinegar.
How to make ketchup
To make this no-cook ketchup, you’ll need a medium bowl and a whisk. Here’s what to do:
- Combine the ingredients
Grab a medium bowl and combine the tomato paste, sugar, salt, spices, and white wine vinegar. Stir until smooth.
- Add water as needed
Add the water in increments, stirring after each addition until you reach the desired consistency.
- It’s ready!
Transfer the mixture to a glass jar or storage container and refrigerate for up to 1 month.
Couldn’t be easier, right? Watch the video to see how it comes together.
How to Store DIY Ketchup
Unlike storebought ketchup, which you can keep in the fridge or pantry, this ketchup requires refrigeration. Tomatoes also have high acidic content, so glass jars are more suitable for storing, and it keeps your plastic containers from getting stained.
How Long Does Homemade Ketchup Last
Homemade ketchup will last in the fridge for 1 month. If your family loves anything that requires being dipped in ketchup, then this homemade recipe will disappear fast!
Serving Homemade Ketchup
If you’re reading this post, chances are you already have ideas for this homemade ketchup, but I want to give you a few more!
- New Orleans Truck Fries
- Copycat Chicken Nuggets
- Parmesan Baked Chicken Tenders
- New Orleans Style Fried Catfish
Homemade Ketchup Recipe
- 12 ounce can tomato paste
- 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar, to taste
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon allspice
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- ½ to ⅔ cup water
- Place all of the ingredients, except water, in a medium bowl.
- Add water in increments until you have your desired consistency (thicker or thinner).
- You can enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to 1 month. The flavors develop the longer it sits.