Saturday, June 11, 2011

Kickin' Ketchup - Incredibly Addictive

So since I've been making some confessions lately I figure I shouldn't stop now.  I am addicted to ketchup.  At first I thought it was simply the white sugar it contained but after switching to agave sweetened ketchup I was still buying it in bulk and purposefully making things to put it on.  Back in the day I bought ketchup in 64oz containers, they were like the free weights you would use at the gym.  Yes, I think it's safe to say I have a problem.

But from my addiction sprang something even better than store bought ketchup.  This ketchup is not just one straight up flavor.  It has layers of complex flavors.  Its savory, thick, and doesn't separate (no more ketchup water!). I want to spread this stuff on every thing from veggie dogs (done), garlic fries (done several times), toast, sandwiches, pizza, and really any form of potato.  I can't help myself.  It's that good.

Kicking Ketchup

Makes about 3 1/3 Cups

2 12oz cans tomato paste, no salt added
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. Olive Oil
1 T. Onion Powder
2 T. Balsamic Vinegar
2 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 C. Honey
1/4 C. Agave
1/2 T. Chili Powder
1 T. Parsley
1 T. Dill
1 t. fine Sea Salt
1/2 t. Fresh ground black pepper
1 t. Hot Sauce (I use Tabasco Habanero hot sauce, pictured above)
2 T. Warm water

1. In a medium sauce pan saute the garlic in the olive oil until just golden brown. Remove from heat.

2. Add all other ingredients.  Start with the liquids (to stop the garlic from cooking further), then add the spices and tomato paste.  Stir thoroughly to combine everything.

3. Heat on medium low for 5 minutes, stirring frequently if not continuously (you don't want it to burn!).  Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the sauce pan.  Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before refrigeration. 

Notes: I store my ketchup in an old squeeze bottle that used to hold agave but any bottle will do.  I've also put it in mason jars (they make great gifts!) and just used a spoon to smother whatever I'm eating.  This ketchup is really best when it has time to sit over night.  You can use it right away but the flavors really get better after it's had a chance to sit. 

I've been asked a lot if I have tried canning this.  I have not (yet!) but since it's very acidic you probably could.  In the future I will try it and let you know how it goes.  I might attempt it before Christmas so I could add a small jar to the gift baskets I make.

Now, go forth, fearlessly into your kitchens and create this sauce from heaven.

As a bonus, if you successfully can this recipe (with few alterations) and tell me how you did it I will mail you a wonderful gift as a thanks!

Hot Ketchup


  1. I love that you have used agave nectar instead of the usual sugar here! Home made ketchup is far better than storebought :)!

  2. I agree! Also the agave gives it a more complex flavor which I love.

  3. Damn, I want to try some of this stuff.

  4. Yum! I MUST try this! ...But honey in a vegan recipe? I don't use honey, so could I just do all agave instead of 1/2 agave and 1/2 honey? Or maybe 1/2 agave and 1/2 maple syrup? Would that change the flavor too much? Thanks :-)

  5. Good Question! This recipe is particularly flexible in respect to the sweetener you choose to use. You can replace the honey with agave, maple syrup, palm sugar, brown rice syrup, or any other sweetener you like. It may change the flavor slightly but the sweetener is there primarily to bring out the other flavors, especially the tomato. So try out another sweetener and let me know how it works out!

  6. This Ketchup is awesome! I like it with a little extra spiciness. It goes great on you Glorious Garlic Fries. :-)