Easy Homemade Chipotle Ketchup Recipe

A simple recipe for spicy homemade chitpotle ketchup with just a few basic ingredients including passata and chipotle paste.

Homemade snoky chipotle ketchup in a small pale blue bowl

I thought the summer was over but we're getting another wee burst of summer here in Scotland. What does that mean? Why that means there's still time for a few more BBQs and a lot more grilling before the season ends.

And what's great on burgers?


Easy Homemade Chipotle Ketchup Recipe

Not any ketchup, no, a tasty homemade ketchup.

Today I'd like to share with you my easy homemade chipotle tomato ketchup.

This chipotle ketchup is great on grilled burgers, but it's also a tasty BBQ marinade with a kick of spice for tofu skewers (or if you are vegetarian, halloumi skewers).

Not forgetting to serve it with your veggie bangers (sausages) and on chunky chips or skinny fries.

Easy homemade chipotle ketchup in a jug

Healthier tomato ketchup for kids

This is a more adult version of tomato ketchup, but go lighter on the spices and kids love it too. So if you have kids why not split the recipe in half and make half the recipe spicy for the adults and half the recipe milder for the kids, but do remember to mark your bottles or jars so you know which is which.

And the best thing about this recipe?

You control what's in it.

You control how much sugar and salt is added and there's no nasty additives.

A grilled sweetcorn and chickpea burger in a bun with American mustard, salad leaves, slices of tomato and homemade chipotle ketchup

M&S Veggie Burgers

I served my chipotle ketchup at my last barbecue on Sweetcorn and Chickpea Burgers (which are vegan) from Marks and Spencer.  They are so good and grilling them on the BBQ gives them that extra smoky flavour that is so tasty. As you can see they hold together well on the BBQ.

A veggie burger on a hot BBQ grill

Did you know M&S sell vegetarian and vegan burgers

They're in their vegetable section, they are veggie packed and delicious. We often pick them up for a quick midweek meal, cook them in a grill pan and serve them stacked high in buns with salad and serve them with sweet potato wedges.

3 Vegetarian and vegan burgers from M&S

M&S also do a range of vegetarian sausages in the same section and they are worth trying if you are veggie. They haven't added any vegan sausages yet but I am sure they will appear at some point and join the range. Lets hope so anyway.

I am so glad M&S have started really thinking about how they cater to vegetarians and vegans and giving us more options, it really helps on busy weeknights when you get home late.

M&S Chipotle Chilli Paste and Italian Tomato Passata

How to host a veggie barbecue

For more veggie barbecue ideas, head over to the M&S lifestyle page Inspire Me and check out my post on how to host a veggie barbecue

There are recipes for Tandoori Sweet Potato Slices, Stuffed Barbecue Mushrooms (oh my!) and three pimped hot dogs (The Mexican Dog, The Chipotle Blue Cheese Dog and the New York Deli Dog). Lots of vegetable inspiration for you to try.

The hot dog recipes are vegetarian, but can easily be tweaked for a vegan diet.

three pimped hot dogs (The Mexican Dog, The Chipotle Blue Cheese Dog and the New York Deli Dog)

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How to make chipotle ketchup

First you saute the onion and garlic until soft, them you add the spices giving them a minute to heat through and release their aroma and flavour, then add the tomatoes.

I made this spicy tomato ketchup with a jar of M&S passata, but you could use tinned tomatoes in this recipe instead as it will be blended until smooth. 

I finish the ketchup by whizzing the ingredients in my power blender for a smooth finish, but you could use a hand blender in a jug if you don't have a power blender, just make sure you use a tall container or jug so it doesn't go everywhere while you're blending it.

Smoky chipotle tomato ketchup in a small blue bowl

What is the difference between passata and tinned tomatoes?

You may be wondering what the difference between passata and tinned tomatoes is? Passata is basically sieved pureed tomatoes, which gives you a smooth sauce to add to dishes. Tinned tomatoes are fresh, peeled and chopped tomatoes in tomato juice.

What is the difference between passata and tomato puree?

Passata must not be confused with tomato puree. Passata is made with uncooked tomatoes, but tomato puree is a paste made when the tomatoes are cooked down and strained. It's more concentrated and should be used more sparingly than passata. Tomato puree is used to add a boost of flavour to sauces not as the base of a sauce.

homemade smoky chipotle ketchup

Sterilising jars or bottles

Even though this is not a preserve or pickle, it is still important to sterilise the jars before adding your homemade ketchup if you plan to keep it for longer than a day.

You can sterilise jars in the oven the traditional way, but if you have a dishwasher, I recommend timing your dishwash so you can include your jars and sterilise them that way. 

Just be careful not to touch the inside of your jars, lids and jam funnel when removing them from the dishwasher or you'll have to start again.

Jam Funnel

I mentioned a jam funnel. It's a handy piece of kit. It really makes jarring anything easier, so it's a good investment, but it should be sterilised too before you use it and also be careful to handle it by the edges once it is sterilised.

Use the jam funnel to neatly pour your ketchup to the jars while both the jars and ketchup are still hot.

also check out my recipe index - Vegan BBQ Ideas & Recipes

Nutrition and calories for a 2 tablespoon serving of ketchup

Nutrition and calories for homemade chipotle ketchup. 26 calories for 2 tablespoons of ketchup.

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Yield: 1 large jar

Easy Homemade Chipotle Ketchup

An easy recipe for spicy tomato chipotle ketchup, made in a few minutes and blended until smooth.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 15 mins


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tsp chipotle paste
  • 3 tsp agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 350g/1 1/2 cups tomato passata
  •  a good grinding of salt and pepper


  1. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft.
  2. Add the chipotle pasta, cinnamon and cumin and cook gently for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the agave nectar, vinegar, tomato passata and a good grinding of salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes.
  4. Whizz the mixture in a blender (or with a stick blender) until smooth.
  5. Decant into a sterilised jar.
  6. Enjoy!


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Red Pepper Sweet Chilli Sauce

Red Pepper Sweet Chilli Sauce

A simple red pepper sweet chilli sauce that has so many uses including a topping for veggie burgers, a tasty dip, a drizzle for salad wraps and a marinade for tofu. Sweet, smoky and delicious! It's fat-free, very low in sodium and a good source of Vitamin A & C. Only 28 calories per tablespoon.

Disclosure: I created this recipe to promote the M&S veggie range. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I love the idea of a little chipotle kick and smokiness in a homemade ketchup (sure much healthier too).

    1. Oh yes it is so tasty, rather addictive actually! And yes much healthier too.

  2. I've never tried making homemade ketchup but this sounds so good, especially with the added chipotle flavor!

    1. Thanks Shanika, it really was and so easy to make too.

  3. We always make our own ketchup and chipotle is one of the flavours we use too. It's so easy to make a different flavour ketchup each time

    1. I don't know why I didn't try to make my own before. It's so tasty and I didn't need much experimentation to get it right either.

  4. Homemade ketchup is always so good, I love the addition of the chipotle here, a fab spicy wee number!

    1. Oh goodness yes, it is bloomin' gorgeous! Thanks Brian, I hope you try it.

  5. I've tried the beetroot burgers from marks and spencer and I really like those, I'll have to try the other two flavours too. That ketchup looks really good too. Jill

    1. Yes it's a really good range and the beetroot burgers are good. I hope you try the ketchup Jill.

  6. I love making my own tomato ketchup at home, it's much healthier and tastier. Adding chipotle paste is a great idea

    1. Yes it does taste much better as well as being tastier. You can get the chipotle paste from M&S.

  7. 10/10 fabulous recipe
    kids and hubby loved


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