Make Your Own Homemade Ketchup

My friend Rebecca started a paleo diet last year. and asked me about making homemade 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 lose 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 post contains affiliate links, they don’t make me millions, but they do help pay for the fee’s associated with this blog

 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 leftover 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. When using a regular upright blender make sure to only fill 1/3 of the way so that the top does not blow off from the heat and expansion.

You can also use an immersion blender right in the pot if you have one and that is much easier.

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

If you don’t use a ton of ketchup in your house like my kids do aka they put it on everything, this recipe can be frozen.  Before putting it into a container you’ll need to cool it completely. When you are ready to use it, thaw it in the refrigerator and whisk it to re-emulsify.

Homemade Ketchup
Prep Time
5 hrs
Cook Time
2 d 12 hrs
Sweet ketchup, perfect for kids.
Author: Kelley @ Miss Information Blog
Ingredient List
  • 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 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.
Recipe Notes

Items that are hot will expand in a blender only fill your blender a third of the way to half way to puree.

Adapted from The Homemade Pantry

10 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing the secret recipe with us. The tomato ketchup recipe looks thick and flavorful with those lovely ingredients. It sounds wonderful. It would be helpful for everybody, who would like to cook tomato ketchup recipe. As usual, the pictures look stunning. Thanks a lot Anders! I love simple recipes so much 😀 How long does this last? Can it be made ahead?
  2. 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)
    1. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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?
    1. 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.
  5. 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!
    1. msinfoblog says:
      Thanks Marsha! I was really surprised at how much it tasted like what we already liked.

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