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Paleo Ketchup: The perfect Fourth of July condiment!

Jun 30, 2015 | Recipes | 0 comments

Homemade Paleo Ketchup

Paleo Ketchup is easier to make than it sounds! With only 6 ingredients, it comes together in just a few minutes. Sweetened with dates!

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.


Homemade Paleo Ketchup
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Paleo Ketchup


  • 2 dried, smoked serrano peppers (chipotle or ancho work too)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-2 Medjool dates
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 6 oz tomato paste (no salt added)
  • 1/4 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: 1/2 cup boiling water, 1-2 Medjool dates (seeds removed), 1 clove garlic, 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, rehydrated chiles (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: 6 oz tomato paste (no salt added), 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste), 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Continue blending until smooth, adding additional water if needed for desired consistency.

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