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Homemade Ketchup, Healthy and Delicious & Whole 30

Homemade ketchup - Whole 30
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My scrump­tious Home­made Ketchup recipe is a house­hold favorite and Whole 30 com­pli­ant. My whole fam­i­ly goes through ketchup at what can only be called a record-set­ting speed. I buy the largest bot­tles, two at a time, so we nev­er run out. They eat it on almost every­thing. Odd­ly enough, I’ve nev­er been a fan. I LOVE fresh toma­toes, but just nev­er acquired the taste for ketchup. Until now.

Unlike com­mer­cial ketchup, my Home­made Ketchup has NO sug­ar or corn syrup added. It is gluten and grain-free. It has no soy and I con­trol the salt. My Home­made Ketchup has a lit­tle kick from the herbs and spices I chose, but it’s not “hot” spicy. It’s just packed with flavor!

Home­made Ketchup isn’t loaded with preser­v­a­tives, so I take 5 min­utes and make small batch­es that will last about a week in the fridge. The deli­cious recipe is fast and easy to make and most of the ingre­di­ents are prob­a­bly already in your pantry. Let me tell you about the two that might be new to you and why they are impor­tant to this recipe.

Ingredients that Make Homemade Ketchup Special

Chi­nese Five Spice and Coconut Aminos are prob­a­bly the only “unusu­al” items, to some of you. I buy Chi­nese Five Spice in the spice aisle at Wal­mart. It has such a unique­ly deli­cious fla­vor pro­file and adds a lay­er of warmth and fla­vor to many of my dish­es. The blend I buy con­tains anise seed, fen­nel, cin­na­mon, cloves and black pepper.

And I pur­chase *Coconut Aminos, online, at Ama­zon. It is a sug­ar-free, soy-free and grain-free alter­na­tive to soy sauce, which is impor­tant when you have liv­er dis­ease, like me, are aller­gic to soy, or need to have a grain-free/g­luten-free diet. Coconut Aminos are made from coconut and sea salt. It’s been a sta­ple in my kitchen for sev­er­al years, now. If you don’t feel your diet requires it, you can cer­tain­ly sub in soy sauce, but your end result will not be Whole 30 com­pli­ant, gluten-free or soy-free and it will like­ly be saltier. 

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Let’s make some Healthy Home­made Ketchup! 

homemade ketchup - Whole 30
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homemade ketchup

Homemade Ketchup

  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 5 min­utes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x


This scrump­tious home­made ketchup recipe is sug­ar-free and Whole 30 compliant!


Units Scale

  • 1 (12 oz) can toma­to paste (If you have 6 oz cans, just use 2.)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Table­spoons *coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. coarse­ly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tea­spoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tea­spoons stone ground mus­tard (yel­low works, too)
  • 1 tea­spoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tea­spoon Chi­nese Five Spice


You can whisk this togeth­er in a bowl and use it, as is.  How­ev­er, *my blender sys­tem comes with a smooth­ie cup and I pre­fer to put all the ingre­di­ents in there and give it a blitz to get things smooth and even­ly incor­po­rat­ed. The batch is prob­a­bly too small to make in a reg­u­lar blender pitch­er, but if you have a smooth­ie cup attach­ment on your blender, I high­ly rec­om­mend it.


If you decide to make this by hand, you could sub­sti­tute 3/4 tea­spoon gar­lic pow­der for the minced gar­lic and use any smooth mus­tard in place of the stone ground.  Just be sure that any ingre­di­ents you sub­sti­tute have no sug­ars added, if you’re try­ing to keep it Whole 30 compliant.

  • Prep Time: 5 min­utes
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Condi­ments, Sauces
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can
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homemade ketchup - Whole 30

How to Make Homemade Ketchup

Gath­er all your ingre­di­ents and place them in your blender cup. Blend until smooth and ful­ly incorporated. 

The recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups. I keep it in can­ning jars, but use what­ev­er con­tain­er you have on hand. Store your Home­made Ketchup in the refrig­er­a­tor for up to a week, so it’s always at it’s fresh-best.

Sub­sti­tut­ing spices or herbs is per­fect­ly accept­able to make this recipe your own and the most deli­cious to your per­son­al palate. I chose the ones I use to get as close as pos­si­ble to the taste of com­mer­cial ketchup, with­out sug­ars, so my fam­i­ly would like it. While it’s not a “per­fect match” they have all loved it and enjoy the extra kick the spices bring.


Look­ing for more healthy, home­made sauces to spice up your every­day meals? Try my deli­cious­ly spicy Home­made Chimichur­ri Sauce.

homemade chimichurri

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