Make Your Own Homemade Ketchup {The Basics}

My friend Rebecca started a paleo diet last year. She asked me to help her make mayonnaise with her. I will be sharing that recipe soon but she also mentioned making ketchup. I was intrigued and now want to show you how to make your own ketchup. I made this homemade ketchup along with my crispy oven baked chicken fingers for the boys. My boys are both chicken nugget and mac and cheese crazy. If they could eat that and pizza every meal they would be happy. These are both healthier alternatives to this staple in their diet and in this case healthier alternative does not loose out in the taste department.

Make your own homemade ketchup and control the sugar and salt. It's really easy and your kids will love it!

 This homemade ketchup recipe was adapted only slightly from the one in The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making it is a great cookbook and I can’t wait to try more recipes from it. I really could not believe how easy this was to make and it made a quart size jar. Before Christmas I bought a Blendtec blender and can I just tell you it is my favorite kitchen appliance! I was able to put the entire batch in and puree it with no explosion! In seconds this puppy pureed this recipe with no left over chunks to be found. My old blender would take forever and no matter how hard I tried there would still be a chunk or two somewhere.

Make your own tasty homemade ketchup, so easy and it makes a big batch

Homemade Ketchup
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Sweet ketchup, perfect for kids.
Serves: 1
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 4 teaspoons chopped or minced garlic
  • 3 28 oz cans tomatoes, drained
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1½ tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 4-5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  1. Put the olive oil and onions in a large pot over medium heat and cook until translucent about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add Garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Pour in the Canned Tomatoes and the next 9 ingredients (all of the spices) and simmer for 30 minutes, stir occasionally.
  4. Put in your blender or use and immersion blender to puree fully.
  5. Return to the pot and add the honey, brown sugar and vinegars.
  6. Simmer to thicken, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Taste and add salt, sugar or spice to your liking.
Items that are hot will expand in a blender only fill your blender a third of the way to half way to puree.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 1284 Fat: 43g Saturated fat: 6g Unsaturated fat: 34g Carbohydrates: 222g Sugar: 166g Sodium: 9796mg Fiber: 40g Protein: 28g
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I'm a mom of 3 boys, 2 by birth one by marriage. I love to cook, watch chick flicks, read and drink wine. I hate cleaning up my craft messes, doing laundry and the dishes! I love watching my boys grow and change and see how differently they view the world. Join me on the blog where I try to provide you with recipes and tips to make your life easier!


  1. Seana Turner says:

    I had no idea that ketchup had so many ingredients – looks yummy. I think I would like having an immersion blender – easier than pouring hot liquids into a blender! I’m gonna pin this:) (stopping in from LOBS)

    • msinfoblog says:

      Yes they are great but mine died so I use the blender. It is really good I hope you try it and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Nancy says:

    Can’t wait to try this. Those canned tomatoes go on sale at my supermarket at least once a month. I will stock up for this!

  3. Katelyn F says:

    Awesome! I am thinking about making more things from scratch this year. Do you think it’s more cost effective? Probably not I guess, but if it tastes better than Heinz than it’s probably worth it! Did you make a big batch and bottle up the rest?

    • msinfoblog says:

      Yes I think it was because I had everything but the tomatoes and onion. This makes enough to equal the LARGE bottle of Heinz.

  4. Parnuuna Kristiane Thornwood says:

    Really cool!!! I’ll try it when I get time in the kitchen. :)

  5. Hezzi-D says:

    I can’t wait to try this! I love making my own condiments!

  6. Marsha Joy Baker says:

    Well isn’t that just somethin??? It looks wonderful and I bet it tastes even better than store purchased. GREAT recipe. Pinning!

    • msinfoblog says:

      Thanks Marsha! I was really surprised at how much it tasted like what we already liked.

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