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Healthy Homemade Ketchup

Ketchup is one of those condiments that kids can’t get enough of! Dipping their chicken nuggets, french fries, hamburgers and even fingers in this condiment, it has become a staple to kids and adults alike.  But, have you ever really looked at the ingredients? Most are packed with sugar! I was certain that I could make a lower sugar (or even no sugar) alternative.  In discussing this with my own kids, they turned up their noses and were a little hesitant to change their beloved condiment of choice.  Using organic tomato paste, and a variety of spices, I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Thicker than traditional bottled ketchup, this homemade version won’t slip off your burger, or your fries as you dip!  And ……the critics in my house (aka preteen boys) actually liked it!  Gone were their groans and moans about giving up their beloved bottle with the “H.” They truly liked the healthier, homemade version.

Homemade Ketchup


lisa @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 12 ounces tomato paste, preferably organic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 0.5 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 pinches cloves
  • 2 pinches all spice
  • 2 pinches cayenne
  • .5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons onion powder
  • 4 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • .5 cups water


Place all ingredients into food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth.  Store in air tight container in fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Freezing Directions:

Pour contents into quart sized freezer storage bag.  Label and freeze.  TO SERVE: Thaw and transfer to air tight container.  Keep refrigerated, up to 3 weeks

Servings: 1.5 cups of ketchup


**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

8 Responses to “Healthy Homemade Ketchup”

  1. Tamara says:

    Are those spice measurements supposed to be .125 instead of .0125? Thanks!

  2. karen says:

    are the measurements for cloves, cayenne & all spice correct? I don’t have a 1/80th teaspoon, do you?

  3. Lisa says:

    Can I use regular white vinegar in this? We have a ton of it and would rather not have to buy the white wine vinegar.

    • lisa says:

      Lisa- I think you could easily sub the regular white vinegar.

      • Lisa says:

        I discovered that we also had some apple cider vinegar so I thought that might be a better choice. In looking up other ketchup recipes I had pinned a cooked version that called for AC vinegar. I did make some adjustments to the recipe because it seemed tasted too much like spiced up tomato paste and was still too thick with 1/2 cup water. Hoping it goes over well tonight as I think it’s a tad heavy on the garlic powder for the kids. Also, I took a peak at it because on other recipes I’d seen people commenting or asking about homemade ketchup getting more solid in the fridge. If we want to dip fries tonight I’m going to have to add more water to it. The recipe was worth a try but not sure we will come back to this one.

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