By JJ Virgin

Homemade Ketchup


August 30, 2016

Ketchup is an essential, but store-bought versions are syrupy sweet. This quick and tasty recipe has beautiful tomato flavor without any added sugar. You also get a boost of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: about 2 cups


2 (6-oz) cans organic tomato paste

1 (8-oz) can organic tomato sauce

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup water

2 tsp monk fruit extract

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


1Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.

2Bring to a simmer, then immediately reduce the heat to medium-low.

3Cover the pan and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 15 minutes.

4Let the ketchup cool completely before refrigerating. Store, covered, for up to 3 weeks.

This recipe was originally part of the Mexican Fiesta menu, with Roasted Jalapeño Guacamole with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup, Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup, and JJ's Tequila Treat. Check out the Mexican Fiesta Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and activities for a wonderful party full of south-of-the-border style!

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 Tbsp
Calories15 calories
Sodium186 milligrams
Sugar1.5 grams
Total Fat0 grams
Total Carbohydrates3 grams
Dietary Fiber0.5 grams