Paleo Ketchup

This homemade paleo ketchup recipe has the right balance of salty, sweet, tangy, and savory flavors. It’s perfect for dipping French fries, sweet potato fries, or anywhere else you like to use ketchup.

Key ingredients

Store bought ketchup typically contains a lot of sugar. This homemade ketchup recipe is sweetened with date paste and doesn’t contain any added sugar. You can make date paste by soaking some dates in boiling water, then blending them up. See my date paste recipe for exact amounts and instructions.

A white plate with french fries and some paleo ketchup.

The main flavor of this ketchup comes from tomato paste. I used store bought canned tomato paste but you can make your own tomato paste at home if you prefer.

This ketchup gets its tangy, slightly sour flavor from some apple cider vinegar, but you can substitute any type of vinegar you prefer. White vinegar works, as does balsamic vinegar (but balsamic vinegar will change the color of the ketchup, so stick with a paler vinegar if you prefer to keep the ketchup bright red).

This ketchup is spiced with garlic powder and onion powder. You can substitute fresh garlic and onion if you prefer.

I included some salt in this recipe to give it plenty of flavor. You can reduce or omit the salt according to your preference or dietary requirements.

Optional additions

If you love spicy food, add a pinch of fresh chopped chili peppers or dried chili flakes to this ketchup recipe.

How to make it

This homemade ketchup recipe couldn’t be easier to make. Simply add all the ingredients to a bowl, then stir.

Ketchup next to some fries.


Store this paleo ketchup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to seven days.

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Paleo Ketchup

This paleo ketchup recipe is easy to make and delicious. It's refined sugar free yet sweet, tangy, and flavorful.
Course sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 18kcal


  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (or substitute for whatever vinegar you like)
  • 2 tablespoons date paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


  • Combine the tomato paste, apple cider vinegar (or substitute for whatever vinegar you like), garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and date paste in a bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Serve or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to seven days.


  • Optional addition: a pinch of fresh or dried chilis.


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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