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Easy Homemade Chipotle Ketchup Recipe (Low Fat)

A simple recipe for spicy homemade chipotle ketchup with just a few basic ingredients including tomato 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?


Homemade Chipotle Ketchup.

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.

Do try this homemade ketchup recipe.

It is so, so good!

What is chipotle paste?

Chipotle paste is a puree made from smoked and dried chipotle peppers.

It usually also included onion, garlic, herbs, spices and vinegar.

The heat level of chipotle paste can very from brand to brand, so it can be wise to add a little at a time if you are not sure.

Some jars will give you an indication of hoe spicy it is.

I find it find when mixed with other ingredients.

Using it more as a flavouring rather than using is straight from ther jar.

Easy homemade chipotle ketchup in a jug

Healthier tomato ketchup for adults and 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

Burgers love homemade ketchup

I served my chipotle ketchup at my last barbecue on homemade vegan burgers.

Grilling them on the BBQ gives them that extra smoky flavour that is so tasty. 

And what goes well on homemade burgers?

Homemade ketchup!

I can't tell you how good they were.

A pairing made in heaven.

How to host a vegan barbecue

Here are few tips for hosting a veggie BBQ.

  1. Give yourself time - A BBQ takes time to heat properly, so make sure you build in enough time to heat the BBQ before guests arrive.
  2. No accelerant - Don't use anything to speed up the coals or BBQ bricks burning, it's dangerous and you don't want to taint the food with any chemical fumes.
  3. Keep it simple -  Choose one type of vegan burger to grill or one type of vegan sausage and a vegetable kebab, the rest is just salad and condiments.
  4. Marinade - Make up a marinade the day before (or buy a jar) and pop it in the fridge.
  5. Salad dressing - Make that ahead too.
  6. Salads - Offer a selection of salads, think vegan potato salad, vegan coleslaw, a green salad, and pasta salad.
  7. Burger station - Make up a burger station where your guests can load up their burgers themselves into burger buns and add their own condiments like chipotle ketchup.
  8. Salad station - Do the same with the salads, just make it all a buffet where guests can help themselves. You will have more fun and be able to relax if you aren't running around serving everyone.
  9. Paper plates - use paper plates for easy clean up and have a bin bag under the table so everyone can tidy away after themselves.
  10. Homemade and shop-bought - Be kind to yourself, don't make everything, buy the salads, or the burgers, or the marinade and dressing. You don't have to do it all.
  11. Ice - buy a big bag of ice from the supermarket or grocery store, then fill a bucket or basin to keep the drinks cold, then people can help themselves.

For more veggie barbecue ideas, head over to my Vegan BBQ page for recipes and ideas.

Deeply filled vegan hot dog with salsa.

Ideas for serving homemade chipotle ketchup

Here are a few ideas for serving this spicy ketchup.

  • French fries - or chips, it makes the perfect dipping sauce
  • Potato wedges - same again, get dunking
  • Sweet potato fries - yep dunk them
  • Burgers - homemade or store-bought vegan burgers
  • Hot dogs - some mustard and fried onions as well and you're set
  • Tofu - dunk crispy popcorn tofu bites in your spicy chipotle ketchup
  • Veggie fingers - on a sandwich with this gorgeous spicy sauce
Go on, give it a try!

It's fun to make your own ketchup and this chipotle sauce recipe is easy to make and better than anything you can buy in grocery stores.

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What you need to make easy chipotle sauce

Here are the simple ingredients you need to make your own homemade ketchup.
  1. Olive oil
  2. Onion
  3. Garlic
  4. Ground cinnamon
  5. Ground cumin
  6. Chipotle paste
  7. Maple syrup - or agave nectar
  8. White wine vinegar - or apple cider vinegar
  9. Tomato passata
  10. Salt and black pepper
Love this homemade chipotle ketchup? Try my Red Pepper Sweet Chilli Sauce next.

How to make smoky chipotle ketchup

First, you saute the onion and garlic until soft, then add the spices (see the full printable recipe card below) giving them a minute to heat through and release their aroma and flavour, then add the tomatoes.

I made this spicy tomato ketchup with 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 blender for a smooth finish, but you could use a food processor or a hand blender (immersion 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 (canned whole tomatoes or chopped tomatoes) are fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped, in tomato juice.

What is the difference between passata and tomato puree?

Passata should 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 (tomato paste)  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 few days.

You can sterilise jars in the oven the traditional way, but if you have a dishwasher, I recommend timing your dishwasher 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.

Do I have to sterilise jars?

If you are keeping the ketchup for longer you need to sterilise to prevent a build up of bacteria.

However, if you are making this for a family gathering or BBQ and it will most likely be used on the day, you can just add it to a clean jar.

It would be ok in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days, but will last longer if you add to sterilised jars.

Easy Homemade Chipotle Ketchup Recipe (Low Fat)

Easy Homemade Chipotle Ketchup Recipe (Low Fat)
Yield: 12 servings (approx. 2 tablespoons per serving)
Author: Jacqueline Meldrum
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 12 MinTotal time: 17 Min
A simple recipe for spicy homemade chipotle ketchup with just a few basic ingredients including passata and chipotle paste.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons chipotle paste
  • 3 teaspoons agave nectar (or maple syrup)
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar (or red wine vinegar or apple cider 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!


Calories and nutrition for a 2 generous tablespoon serving. 17 calories per tablespoon of ketchup.
  • Once open keep the jar in the fridge.
  • Sterilised jar 1-2 weeks
  • Unsterilised 2-3 days
  • You can add extra paste or chilli flakes for a hotter ketchup, but try this recipe as it is first, you can always blend in extra paste or flakes.

Nutrition Facts



Fat (grams)

1.29 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.17 g

Carbs (grams)

5.61 g

Fiber (grams)

0.79 g

Net carbs

4.83 g

Sugar (grams)

3.5 g

Protein (grams)

0.63 g

Sodium (milligrams)

25.22 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

0 mg
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  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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