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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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  • foodwanderings wrote:

    Ooh I was thinking for years making homemade ketchup. I especially felt the void when I made chicken cutlets the other day.

  • Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) wrote:

    I’ve been toying around with the idea of homemade ketchup for a while now. If only I could grow more than one dinky tomato…

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking wrote:

    Aaah! I love this. SO much better than the stuff from the store filled with all the junk! And that lighting in the first picture. Wow. 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Erin! (If only we could recreate that lighting for ALL of our photos…) 🙂

  • Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom wrote:

    It sounds delicious and looks gorgeous!

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious wrote:

    This looks great! Homemade ketchup has been on my list of kitchen projects for forever, but I havent’ gotten around to it yet (although I have made “ketchups” with other fruits.)

    • Martha wrote:

      Those fruit ketchups sound great Lauren!

  • Rose | The Clean Dish wrote:

    I hope to have my own tomatoes to harvest this year and with your wonderful recipe, I’ll be all set 🙂 I agree – homemade ketchup is easier than you’d think!! Definitely better for you, too.

  • Heather | girlichef wrote:

    I love homemade ketchup, and yours looks really, really delicious! And those tater tots with this ketchup sounds like perfection.

  • Angela {Mind Over Batter} wrote:

    Ketchup is my jam. My.Jam. I would probably eat this by the spoonful. I’d have to make a super size batch!

  • claire @the realistic nutritionist wrote:

    I think my life is forever changed after this recipe!!

  • Susan@LunaCafe wrote:

    Love the idea of making my own ketchup. I’ve never done this but am now inspired to give it a go. Thank you! P.S. Gorgeous photos!! 🙂

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Susan!

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