My Homemade Organic Ketchup Recipe

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s get to know more about it…

~ For some people, it’s the only vegetable to hit their lips

~ First reference to ketchup in the English language: 1690

~ Amount of ketchup McDonalds uses annually in the U.S.: 250 million pounds

~ The Swedish consume the most ketchup per capita: 3.3 liters a year, three times as much as Americans

~ Heinz introduced the plastic squeeze bottle for ketchup in 1983

~  Ketchup or Catsup?

~ It’s in 97% of American homes

~ Contains lycopene, a carotenoid that functions as an antioxidant & gives the red color to tomatoes, watermelon, and red grapefruit

~ Adding ketchup to French fries will not make them into health foods

QUESTION: What’s so bad about ketchup?

It’s loaded with refined sugars and salt. That’s what.

It should be made primarily from vine-ripened tomatoes like this:

Here’s my organic, sugar-free recipe:

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1 x 28 oz. Can Tomato Puree

1 x 6 oz Can Tomato Paste

1 Tbsp Vinegar (I like Unfiltered Raw Apple Cider)

1/4 Cup Water

1/6 tsp each Garlic & Onion Powder

1 pinch each Secret Spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice

1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt

1/4 tsp Stevia Extract Powder

1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum (optional natural thickener)

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In a large saucepan, pour in the 1st 4 ingredients. Stir, and bring to a simmer.

Add in the rest of the ingredients, and stir them in using a whisk.

Simmer for 10-20 minutes. The longer you simmer it, the thicker and more rich it will become.

Let cool,and pour into glass jar(s).


Well, that wasn’t too bad now was it.

You should have been making your own this whole time!

Will keep in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.

If you like tangier ketchup, add a little more vinegar. Sweeter? Add more sweetener.

You can play with the spices & seasonings to develop your own signature ketchup. Spicy sounds good, too.

What’s you’re favorite ketchup accompaniment to have with you’re new recipe?

How will you tweak it? I’d love to know how it goes for you 🙂


Be Well,

-Maximillian Barry

Where Nutrition & Fitness Becomes a Lifestyle


12 Responses

  1. Very cool – Will have to give this a try – Definitely like the idea of adding a bit of spice. Wonder if you could cook this in a rice cooker to automate the simmering portion…

  2. Interesting. I bet you could flavor this up with sundried tomatoes too!

  3. Great recipe!! I’ll have to give it a try!! I love love love ketchup!! Thanks for sharing!

    Jen 🙂

  4. Looks amazing!

  5. Appreciate your feedback! Let me know how it turns out.

  6. Great recipe! It really is sad that bottled ketchup is thought of by most people as a vegetable. This is a fantastic healthy alternative! Thanks for posting!

  7. Max, this is such a great post. I am going to give this a try. We already only buy organic Ketchup from Trader Joe’s, but this is much better! I am addicted to ketchup. 🙂

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  9. thanks for sharing this! i’ve been avoiding ketchup because of the sugar, will give this a try! 😀

  10. I really like this recipe! I am going to try it out! Thanks!

  11. This recipe looks great. I cant wait to try it.

  12. health foods that are organice and have natural source should be the stuff that we should take ~;~

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