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Paleo Ketchup: The perfect Fourth of July condiment!

Fourth of July is this weekend and families across the US will be firing up their grills, slicing into watermelon (my favorite summer snack), making their favorite desserts, lighting a few sparklers and celebrating our nation’s independence with their friends.

Who can have hamburgers and hot dogs without ketchup? Okay, I know there is a debate on this one, and I have to say that I am in ketchup’s corner. But when I started reading ingredient labels and realized it's half corn syrup, I decided to play around with a healthy, homemade ketchup.

I used dried chili peppers so it's sorta half BBQ sauce half ketchup, but I love the result! You could make it without the peppers for a more standard ketchup. Don’t tell your friends it’s homemade and let’s see if they even notice the difference!

PS: Don’t forget to check out my 5 tips for perfect grilling that I learned at the Texas Beef Council.

Paleo Ketchup

Paleo Ketchup


  • 2 dried smoked serrano peppers (chipotle or ancho works, too)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-2 medjool dates
  • 1T apple cider vinegar
  • 6oz tomato paste
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice


Bring ½ c water to a boil and pour over peppers, allowing to them to re-hydrate for about 10 minutes.

Place the following in a blender:

  • ½ c boiling water
  • 1-2 medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1T apple cider vinegar
  • re-hydrated chilies (skin only, remove all seeds & the stem; using seeds will add a LOT of heat)

Blend the above on high until smooth.

Then add the following:

  • 6oz tomato paste, no salt added
  • ¼ tsp salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice

Continue blending until smooth, adding additional water if needed for desired consistency.

Have you ever tried making your own ketchup? Let me know how your recipe differs from mine in the comments below.

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