HOW TO MAKE KETCHUP – The Southern Lady Cooks

How to Make Ketchup - The Southern Lady Cooks

Want to know how to make ketchup in a pinch?  This is an easy way if you run out and don’t want to make a trip to the grocery.  I think this ketchup is as good as the store bought and we love it on French fries or hamburgers.  You can double or triple the recipe.  This ketchup keeps in the fridge a couple weeks.  Most people won’t be able to tell the difference if you don’t tell them.

How to Make Ketchup Simple Ingredients Needed:

Tomato paste (you can use homemade tomato paste, too)


White vinegar


White granulated sugar


Onion powder

Garlic powder

Cayenne or can use black pepper

Easy substitutions and additions:

  • 1/2 corn syrup or maple syrup in the place of the honey
  • Cider Vinegar in place of the white vinegar
  • pinch of ground cloves, ground allspice for cinnamon if you want it more spicey
  • add basil or Italian seasonings for a different flavor
  • add liquid smoke for a smokey flavor, wonderful on burgers!

You can freeze homemade ketchup in a ziplock bag for up to six months. This ketchup keeps for 2 weeks in an airtight container.

You will love this delicious meatloaf recipe that we love topped with ketchup!

How to Make Ketchup - The Southern Lady Cooks

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How to Make Ketchup

This easy recipe for homemade ketchup is one your family will love.

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time15 mins

Total Time25 mins

Course: Sauce

Cuisine: American, southern

Keyword: How to Make Ketchup

Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste (you can use homemade tomato paste, too)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch cayenne or can use black pepper
  • Whisk together the ingredients and bring to a boil in a saucepan on top of the stove.

  • Turn down and simmer for 15 minutes stirring a couple times during the process.

  • Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

You can use 1/2 cup corn syrup in place of the honey to make this ketchup. You can also add a pinch of ground cloves, ground allspice or cinnamon to this recipe if you want it more spicy.

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