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How to Make Ketchup from Tomato Paste

This quick and easy from-scratch ketchup recipe from tomato paste is healthier than almost all store bought versions, with real ingredients and no high fructose corn syrup. 

jar of homemade ketchup with spoon on brown parchment paper with distressed white wooden background

Instructions for making ketchup from a tomato paste base

Making homemade ketchup is quick and easy if you make it from tomato paste, and you avoid high fructose corn syrup by making it this way.

Chances are you have all the ingredients needed to make it already stocked in your pantry.

From start to finish, you can make this in less than 10 minutes.

small sauce pan with ingredients for making homemade ketchup before stirring

Empty all of the ingredients into a small saucepan.

No need to separate anything here. You'll need tomato paste, sugar, apple cider vinegar, onion and garlic powders, allspice, salt and pepper. That's it!

For the quick and easy pantry ingredient version, read on.

Simmer those above mentioned ingredients in a small saucepan on medium heat while stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat, and whisk in a couple tablespoons of water to thin it out.

sauce pan of finished homemade ketchup with wooden spoon

Storing the homemade ketchup

Store the finished homemade ketchup in the refrigerator for up to one month.

📖 Recipe

Easy Homemade Ketchup

Quick and easy homemade ketchup in under 10 minutes, is so delicious, you'll never go back to store bought!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 18kcal
Author: Erin
Cost: $0.90


  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • cup apple cider vinegar can substitute white vinegar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon white pepper can substitute black
  • 2 tablespoon water


  • Whisk all ingredients but water (6 oz tomato paste, ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup sugar, ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, ⅛ teaspoon allspice, 1 teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon white pepper) into a small saucepan and simmer on medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, whisk in 2 tablespoons of water to thin out the consistency.
  • Cool, and store covered, in the refrigerator for up to one month.


  • Can substitute white vinegar for apple cider vinegar
  • Can substitute black pepper for white ground pepper


Serving: 1g | Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating

Pamela Mingus

Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

Did I read this correctly? 1/4 cup of sugar for 6 oz tomato paste? Why are we trying to avoid high fructose corn syrup if we are just adding that much sugar?

Bridgette Wood

Wednesday 9th of August 2023

I just made this, thank you for sharing,


Monday 2nd of November 2020

I love the recipe! It is easy, fast and tasty.


Monday 2nd of November 2020

Thank you Sabine, I'm glad you like it!