This easy Homemade Ketchup recipe uses pantry ingredients and is better than anything you can buy at the store! It is healthier and more delicious too!

Looking for more homemade condiments/sauces? Try my Orange Marmalade, Enchilada Sauce, or the BEST Homemade BBQ Sauce!

A small serving bowl of tomato ketchup on a plate surrounded by curly fries.

Why I love this recipe:

  • Easy – Whip up this tomato ketchup in under 30 minutes then store in the fridge! It’s a simple, one pot recipe!
  • Pantry Ingredients – Out of ketchup? Chances are you already have everything you need to make this, and I promise it will be worth it!
  • Delicious – This easy ketchup recipe tastes fresh and better than anything that you can buy at the grocery store! It has no artificial ingredients or corn syrup, so it’s healthier too!

Ketchup Ingredients:

  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Optional: Crushed Red Pepper or Hot Sauce
A baking sheet with all the ingredients needed to make Homemade Ketchup.

How to make Ketchup:

Simmer Ketchup: Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring well. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat. Sweeteners and spices can be adjusted, to taste.

A saucepan with all the ingredients combined for homemade ketchup.

Serve: The options are endless with homemade ketchup! But I love to serve it with Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, Homemade French Fries, Classic Juicy Hamburger, or this Turkey Burger.

A jar of easy Homemade Ketchup with a spoon and a plate of curly fries in the background.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To Make Ahead: This easy ketchup recipe can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Just store in a glass pint jar or other glass container with a lid.

To Freeze: I suggest homemade ketchup freezing in ice cube trays, then once frozen, store the cubes in a freezer Ziploc bag for easy access and quick thawing.

Recipe Variations:

  • Tomato Paste: You can make tomato paste from scratch. If you’d like to use fresh garden tomatoes for ketchup, I suggest this recipe, or this one for home canning https://www.pickyourown.org/ketchup.htm.
  • Sugar: Can substitute honey, Stevia, Splenda, Agave, or leave it out, depending on taste and dietary preferences. Keep in mind that each will alter the flavor (especially honey).

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Recipe

A small serving bowl of tomato ketchup on a plate surrounded by curly fries.
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 25 mins

Ingredients
 
 

  • 6 oz can tomato paste*
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar*
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar*
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp salt , or more, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper , or more, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • ground cinnamon , dash
  • optional: dash of crushed red pepper or hot sauce

Instructions
 

  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring well.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat.
  • Store in a glass pint jar or other glass container with a lid, in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Sweeteners and spices can be adjusted, to taste.

Notes

Yields about 2 Cups (1 Pint)
Tomato Paste: You can make tomato paste from scratch.
Sugar: Can substitute honey, Stevia, Splenda, Agave, or leave it out, depending on taste and dietary preferences. Keep in mind that each will alter the flavor (especially honey).
Fresh Tomatoes: If you’d like to use fresh garden tomatoes for ketchup, I suggest this recipe, or this one for home canning.
Storing Instructions: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Freezing Instructions: I suggest freezing in ice cube trays, then once frozen, store the cubes in a freezer bag for easy access and quick thawing.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 5gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2091mgPotassium: 1255mgFiber: 5gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 1789IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 4mg

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