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Homemade Ketchup - It's so quick and easy to make homemade ketchup! And the taste is so much better than any bottled variety!

Yesterday we shared our recipe for Homemade Tater Tots – and what goes better with those than some Homemade Ketchup! Homemade ketchup is surprisingly quick and easy to make, and it has a noticeably deeper, richer tomato taste that is so much better than any store-bought ketchup brands!

We make our homemade ketchup using fresh tomatoes year round – in fact, we’ve been using some garden tomatoes that we froze last summer when our tomato harvest was going strong!

Homemade Ketchup - It's so quick and easy to make homemade ketchup! And the taste is so much better than any bottled variety!

You can use any variety of fresh tomatoes available at your local market – or if you can’t find good, fresh tomatoes at this of the year, feel free to substitute an equal amount of canned tomatoes in the recipe. The flavor will vary a bit based on whether you’ve used fresh or canned – but either version will still be delicious!

This is an extremely simple recipe to make, and a batch of homemade ketchup will last for a few weeks in the refrigerator.

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Homemade Ketchup

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups


  • 1 pound fresh ripe tomatoes of any variety, cored and quartered
  • 1 6-ounce can of tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon Colman’s dry mustard


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium non-stick pan with a lid, bring to a boil and simmer for ten minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, cool, then pass through a food mill (like this one).
  3. Store in a sealed jar refrigerated for up to two weeks.

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  • Sharon (Nut Free Wok) wrote:

    Fantastic, thank you for this recipe. I haven’t bought ketchup in a long time because I don’t trust the ingredients, I’ll definitely try this for the ketchup lovers in our home!

    • Martha wrote:

      I hope you enjoy the recipe Sharon!

  • Alisa @ Go Dairy Free wrote:

    I’m a sucker for homemade condiments! I’ve been mocking up our own “ghetto” ketchup (basically just a few ingredients on the fly to go w/ homemade potato wedges), but yours looks much more flavorful Martha. Pinning for later!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Alisa!

  • Cookin Canuck wrote:

    This beats anything you could buy at the store by a mile! I am definitely trying this recipe.

  • Kate @ Diethood wrote:

    First and foremost, your photos! They are always so incredibly gorgeous!! Secondly, your recipes! I need to move in. Wanna adopt me?! haha 😉

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you so much Kate! (Coming for you – who takes amazing photos – such a compliment!) I’d LOVE to adopt you!! 🙂

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert wrote:

    This has got to be better than any store bought ketchup. I am so going to make it!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    I really need to take the plunge and make my own.

  • stephanie @ Back for Seconds wrote:

    I have not made my own ketchup but this sounds totally doable.

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes wrote:

    Confession: I actually do NOT like ketchup….I eat my fries plain. This homemade version might actually change my mind!

    • Martha wrote:

      Oh wow Ashley! (That’s totally OK!) But – I hope our homemade version changes your mind! 🙂

  • Christie wrote:

    I’ve been trying to eliminate more and more processed food. This is perfect. You can control the sugar in ketchup plus there is no high fructose corn syrup. Hopefully our tomatoes will do better this year and I can make some.

    • Martha wrote:

      It’s so easy to make too Christie! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Nikki @ Nik Snacks wrote:

    I work at a brewery where we make ketchup made with beer. I’m going to have to try yours soon!

    • Martha wrote:

      Oh wow Nikki – Beer in ketchup sounds fantastic! We’ve got to try adding THAT the next time we make some ketchup! Thanks for the suggestion!

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