Homemade Ketchup Recipe

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They say that good things come to those who wait and this homemade ketchup recipe is no different. We’re not a huge ketchup loving family, but there are simply some foods, like your favorite meatloaf recipe or your favorite cheeseburger recipes that require ketchup. I’m not a big fan of anything bottled though so of course, I have a favorite homemade ketchup recipe on hand for when we need it! Back in 2014, this was one of the first things on our list of things to stop buying and make homemade. Why yes, I have been a bit slow at getting the recipe posted. Why do you ask?

Ketchup on your fries or burger? Skip the bottle and make this homemade ketchup recipe instead! It's the best you'll ever taste!

Whether you’re just starting out on your journey of making things yourself or you’ve been doing so for a while, this homemade ketchup recipe is a fantastic addition. It’s super easy to make and will not only help you learn how to save money on groceriesbut can help you live a healthier simpler life without chemicals. If you are looking for a spicy ketchup recipe, this one will work very easily! All you need to do is adjust the amount of pepper that you add!

Homemade Ketchup Recipe

This homemade ketchup recipe is fantastic in any recipe that calls for it or on something as simple as fries. In the fridge, it will keep for around 2 weeks if you store it in an airtight container. If you don’t plan on using it immediately, you can freeze it until you need it. It will keep in the freezer, stored in an airtight container, for 2-3 months. To use it after freezing, thaw it like normal. It may develop water on the top as any ice accumulation thaws. If that happens, simply pour off as much as you safely can then bring back to a simmer over low heat. It should thicken right back up.



You Will Need:

In a medium saucepan and over low heat, combine the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and white vinegar. Stir gently until it’s mixed well. Add the spices once you’ve mixed it.

Mix the spices into the tomato mix and bring it to a low simmer. Cook it on medium 10-15 minutes until it reaches the thickness you are looking for. Make sure to stir it often to keep it from burning. Once it reaches the consistency and thickness you’re looking for, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool 100%. Store like I mentioned above and use as you would store-bought ketchup.


The Homemade Ketchup Recipe You've Been Waiting For!

Ketchup on your fries or burger? Skip the bottle and make this homemade ketchup recipe instead! It's the best you'll ever taste!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 16 oz
Author: Stacy Barr


  • 1 can Tomato sauce 14.8 oz.
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 oz
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan.
  • Bring to a low simmer and cook for 10-15 min until thickened.
  • Stir often to prevent burning.
  • Cool completely and store in an airtight container.



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