Make Your Own (Easy and Healthy) Ketchup From Your Garden!

Make Your Own (Easy and Healthy) Ketchup From Your Garden!

Do you like ketchup but cringe at all the sugar, sugar syrup and other less than natural ingredients? It’s easy to make your own using tomatoes and peppers from your garden or farmer’s market.

This week’s recipe, Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Ketchup,  is part of a meal I entered in a local recipe contest a short while ago.  As tomatoes and peppers are starting to ripen I thought it was a good week to share this.

Homemade Potato Chips and "Ketchup"
Homemade Potato Chips and “Ketchup”


This is not your typical store-bought, heavily sugared ketchup which I am not a big fan of, this is full of whole ingredients and only 3 tablespoons of brown sugar as the peppers and tomato add natural sweetness.  This dipping sauce is rich, tangy, naturally sweet and the peppers add to the complex flavor of this.  The recipe will make about 2-2.5 cups depending on the size of your produce and will keep well in the fridge for about 10 days or you could freeze or pressure can any excess.  This is the perfect condiment for burgers, grilled chicken or pork and gourmet macaroni and attached is my delicious potato chip recipe to go along with it if you need suggestions on what to dip into it.

If you’re curious about the amount of sugar in commercial ketchups, check out this article from the Washington Post,  in Canada we have a slightly different recipe as they aren’t allowed to use the high-fructose corn syrup but in our ketchup the second ingredient is liquid sugar and has the same 4 grams of sugar per tablespoon as the US recipe.  It will certainly make you think twice before putting on your kids plates.


Here on Vancouver Island my summer garden is in full swing, my tomatoes are doing great, string beans starting, figs ripening, raspberries and strawberries are still producing and I’m now thinking about planting some veggies that will carry us into fall and winter.  I haven’t done brussels sprouts in a while but they are such a treat to be out picking fresh at Thanksgiving or even Christmas so they are on my list.  Any of you have any favourite fall/winter veggies I should try?

OK, off to do some gardening and plan a menu for the weekend out at the lake!

Our Little Piece Of Paradise
Our Little Piece Of Paradise


ox Sabrina

PS. Let me know how it goes if you try this recipe and use #wckitchengarden to show me on Instagram, I’d love to see! (Insta, FB and Pinterest links are in the sidebar)






(An Immersion Blender makes quick work of pureeing soup or sauce right in the pot which makes clean up fast)


Potato Chips and Roasted Red Pepper Tomato "Ketchup"

Servings 4
Author Sabrina Currie


Rustic Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato "Ketchup"

  • 1 Onion (1 c chopped)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Paprika Ground
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice Ground
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves Ground
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 Red Peppers, (1.5 c) Roasted, Peeled and Coarsely Chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes (2 c) Coarsely Chopped
  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4-6 dashes Tobasco Depending how spicy you want

Homemade Chips

  • 4 New Potatoes (4 c once sliced on mandoline)
  • Vegetable Oil, 1 cm depth in frying pan
  • 1 tsp Salt


Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato "Ketchup"

  1. Heat small pot on medium and add oil. Once heated, add onion and sauté until translucent then add garlic, salt, pepper and spices and cook 3 more minutes.
    Onions and Spices for Homemade Ketchup
  2. Add tomatoes, peppers and vinegar and cook stirring frequently until it becomes soft and releases liquid then cook stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes or until it is a nice saucy consistency.  Add brown sugar and tobasco and simmer 5 more minutes.
    Add Tomatoes and Peppers
  3. Using an immersion blender (or a stand blender) blend until smooth.  (This will be a rustic smooth, not Heinz ketchup smooth) Sauce should be fairly thick, if it is not, continue cooking longer to reduce to desired consistency.  Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, cool and serve at room temperature. This makes more than you'll need for 4 servings so refrigerate any leftover.

    Puree Tomato Roasted Pepper Mixture into Thick Sauce Consistency.

Homemade Chips

  1. Fill a bowl with water and slice potatoes on a mandolin into water to keep them from browning.  Meanwhile fill a large pot with water and turn to boil on stove. 

    Once boiling, blanch potato slices in boiling water 3 minutes then drain in a colander and rinse with cold water quickly to stop cooking.  Separate slices gently and leave in colander to dry.

    Slicing BC Potatoes on Mandoline
  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan on medium heat (or you can deep fry these faster but I don't have a deep fryer).  Fry until starting to brown, then flip and fry 1-2 more minutes for a total of about 6-8 minutes.  If using a pan, you will need to do these in batches (I did 3 batches), spread them out but they can overlap a little.
    Frying Potatoes for Chips
  3. Remove and drain on paper towel lined plate or bowl.  Lightly salt and keep warm in oven until ready to use.
    Chips with Homemade Ketchup and Crab Cakes




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