homemade ketchup in a jar

Homemade Ketchup (5-minute recipe!)

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ketchup, paleo, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 20 ounces
Calories: 25 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore

This HOMEMADE KETCHUP recipe is made in a blender in just 5 minutes! No need to simmer it on the stove, and it's made healthy without white sugar. Paleo & Vegan.



  • 6 ounces Medjool dates , pitted (3/4 cup tightly packed)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste (I use organic with BPA-free lining)
  • 5 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard (or 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard)
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • pinch ground cloves


  1. Place the pitted dates in a bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the dates soak in the water as you add the other ingredients to the blender.

  2. In your blender add the tomato paste, vinegar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard, allspice, cloves, and 1/4 cup of water. Pour the dates and their soaking water in last, then blend until smooth. Stop and scrape down the blender, as needed to make sure everything is blended in.

  3. Taste the mixture and adjust any seasonings as needed. Keep in mind that the flavor will mellow when it chills in the fridge, so I recommend erring on the side of over-seasoning the homemade ketchup. (I think the cloves mellow, as does the acidity of the vinegar.)

  4. Pour the ketchup into an airtight container and store it in the fridge until ready to use. This should last at least 2 weeks in the fridge, if not longer, but I like to freeze at least half of it in a glass mason jar so that I can keep the rest frozen for up to 6 months.