Homemade Ketchup

I love sweet potato fries but add this homemade ketchup and I have an addiction. These were delicious dipped in the homemade ketchup and I rarely eat ketchup!  When I do it’s only on two things and fries isn’t one of them. This ketchup would be incredible as a steak sauce with just a couple of adjustments. It would also be great on meatloaf  and many more dishes like pork, steak, and roast beef. ketchup n fries 2.fw   sweet potato fries homemade ketchup | darndelish.com The hardest part of this recipe is straining it to make sure you have a silky sauce but other than that it’s simple and tasty. There’s no corn syrup or sugar for sweetness. It is sweet though and that’s because of the raisins. ketchup n sweet potato fries v4282014   I know that there are a number of recipes on the net for sweet potato fries that have you coat them lightly with cornstarch and oil to get them crispier. They do get crispy, but I can taste the cornstarch.  I just sprinkle a bit of olive oil and salt then into the oven for 15- 20 mins at 425 F.  It’s a personal preference. You want to make sure that the fries aren’t crowded if you want them crisp.  If you crowd them in the pan they’ll steam. I made the fries recipe twice—once with just the olive oil and salt and once with the fries tossed in cornstarch and oil. The photo with the fries in the tin can are the ones that I used the cornstarch on.  

Homemade Ketchup

Yield: 16 ounces

Homemade Ketchup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 8 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 2 12 oz cans, unsalted whole tomatoes (I used Hunt's whole plum tomatoes 100% natural)
  • 1 small can tomato paste ( I used Hunt's)
  • 2 cups of dark raisins
  • 2 Guajillo chilies (If you can't find these substitute a pinch of pepper flakes to taste)
  • 1/4 cup of cider vinegar ( used Bragg's Organic Cider Vinegar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice ( I used freshly ground. I think it adds more zip)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • A pinch of freshly ground pink Himalayan salt


  • Heat olive oil, onion and garlic in a heavy saucepan, Saute until translucent.
  • Add the other ingredients except the ginger, orange juice, orange zest and salt.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 min without a lid.
  • Pour into your blender until 3/4 full then add the ginger, orange zest and orange juice.
  • Blend until smooth then pour through a strainer into a large saucepan. Blend and strain through the rest of the sauce. You can add a bit of water at this point to achieve the consistency you want. My family likes their ketchup thick so I didn't use any additional liquid.
  • At this point you can adjust the salt to taste.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes and pour into sterilized jars. I used two 8 ounce canning jars.


The pulp and spices I couldn't get through the strainer I froze to use in other recipes.

!Guajillo Peppers are one of the most commonly used chilies in Mexico along with Anchos. They a have a spicy tanginess, something like a cranberry, and a slight smokiness.

!Make sure you wash them well before using them because the whole chilies are dried in the field.

 Adapted from In the Cupboard I can’t wait to try this on meatloaf or a steak or more fries. Mmm This post is linked to these great parties: Full Plate Thursday WOW Us on Wednesday


  1. says

    Visiting from Full Plate Thursday! Love this recipe, sweet potato fries are a staple in my kitchen! Thanks for the recipe and your photos are gorgeous!

  2. says

    I just love homemade Ketchup and your recipe looks delicious. I would gobble those fries and Ketchup right up! Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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