Homemade Healthy Ketchup

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homemade ketchup

Here’s a great recipe if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to store-bought ketchup or maybe just want to try something different.  Fun way to sneak some veggies in there too!  You probably have most or all of these ingredients in your pantry/fridge right now.  And even if you don’t, it will often still be cheaper to buy the ingredients than to buy Heinz. 😉

Recipe adapted from Deceptively Delicious.

homemade healthy ketchup

Homemade Healthy Ketchup

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 25-30 mins
Yield: 1 cup | Serves: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup carrot puree (3-4 medium-size carrots)
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup water, possibly more
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Peel the carrots, trim the ends, and cut into 3-inch chunks.
  2. Steam the carrot chunks for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Then puree the carrots in a food processor or blender for about 2 minutes.
  4. You may need to add a tablespoon or more of water to get a smooth texture.
  5. Stir all ingredients together in a big saucepan and bring to boil over medium-high heat.
  6. (It may stain your spoon, by the way.)
  7. Reduce heat and simmer until the mixture is reduced by about half, 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Depending on your desired consistency, you may want to gradually add more water.
  9. Taste and add more seasoning, if you want to.
  10. (I only needed to add some water!)
  11. Let cool before serving.
  12. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  13. Freeze in an ice cube tray, then transfer to a freezer bag.
  14. Or freeze 1/4-cup portions in freezer bags, for up to 3 months.

Comments & Reviews

  • Suzie

    Definitely going to try this! Carrots, who would have thought?! Have you tried it without the brown sugar? I would be curious if it would still work…

    • Melanie

      I haven’t tried it without sugar. I think it would still work, but probably not taste as good! Maybe honey would be a good substitute? Also, I have heard of people using golden raisins, dates, or figs (ground or blended up) as a sweetener.

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