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Heinz Ketchup Copycat Recipe
Heinz Ketchup
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Condiment
Calories: 23
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.7 (82 reviews)

By the age of 12 John Heinz was peddling produce from his family's garden in post-Civil War Pittsburgh. By age 25, he and a friend launched Heinz & Noble to sell bottled horseradish in clear glass bottles that revealed its purity. Henry's pickling empire grew as he added jams, jellies, and condiments to the line, including ketchup, which was added in 1876. You'll still see the famous Heinz pickle logo on every product, and if you want a quick tip on how to get the thick stuff out of the bottle easily, don't pound on the backside like a maniac. Instead Heinz recommends a good smack to the embossed "57" found on the neck of every bottle. Today Heinz is the world's largest tomato processor, with the famous ketchup bottles sitting on a shelf somewhere in over half of U.S. households. But, if one day you find your house is all out, create a simple clone with a few common ingredients. You'll get a whole 12-ounce bottle worth of thick, tasty ketchup with this original secret recipe.

Source: Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

One 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth.

2. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.

3. Remove the pan from the heat and cover until cool. Chill and store in a covered container.

Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Submitted on: 04/03/17
I'll be making this forever!
Submitted on: 01/07/17
My child is alergic to mustard and thus ketchup. Although mustard is not listed as an ingredient in commercial ketchup, it is there as a "spice" I think. Anyways thanks to you my son can now eat ketchup again which he absolutely loves. Have used this recipe from a while. I use half the vinegar and a little extra white sugar and it is very close to Heinz. I usually get a few ketchup packs from when I eat out to compare when I am making it. Thank you!
Submitted on: 12/04/16
Great recipe. I substitute half the white vinegar with balsamic. Toss in a 1/4 tsp of dry mustard powder for a different taste.
Submitted on: 11/28/16
Wonderful and very easy to tweak to your own preference. I used Truvia.
Finally found a keeper!
Lori D.  
Submitted on: 09/07/16
Excellent recipe. I have been searching for one to can using Bernardin's guidelines for processing. For the ones that think it isn't the same...make sure you verify your tomato paste. Not all are created equally, some are more sweet some..more tart. I used Heinz paste (pure tomato paste no additives) and love the results.
More Sugar than tomatoes?!?!
Submitted on: 08/14/16
We make this all the time but instead of the 1/2 cup corn sugar we use 1/4 cup of either honey or coconut sugar, and then keep the ratio of vinegar the same, using 1/4 cup for the vinegar as well. It's PLENTY sweet, and delicious.
Heinz Ketchup
Submitted on: 06/20/16
What a great recipe for ketchup! I ran out and decided to make my own. I am glad I did. Thanks for sharing.
WoW WoW !!
Submitted on: 05/30/16
This is the best ketchup recipe I have had in a long time ! You didn'have to chase it around the plate to dip your french fry in it ! I did listen to the comments about the corn syrup and started off with a fourth a cup and then went up from there. My mother loved it and it went great with my roasted new potatoes. Thanx ;~}
Very good
Submitted on: 03/11/16
I found myself in a pinch and needed more ketchup. I followed this recipe as written not expecting anything great. I was wrong. This is an excellent recipe that my whole family enjoyed. Exactly the same as Heinz? No, but it's good enough and close enough that I will use this again. Thank you.
Easiest Recipe On the Net
Submitted on: 01/23/16
I'm very picky about ketchup and was skeptical I could make something as good as Heinz. After reviewing recipes on several different websites, I gave this one a try because it used much less ingredients than most and took about half of the time. I figured if it didn't work out, I wouldn't waste much. After batch one, I am now heading to the store to buy mason jars instead of ketchup, haha. This turned out *better* than Heinz, if you can believe that! I like the tanginess and the boldness.
Keep coming back!
Submitted on: 10/19/15
Everytime I run out of ketchup, (and that is often), I keep coming back to this recipe, again & again. It's GREAT! No people, it isn't identical to Heinz, because it is w/o preservatives, but it is better and tastes real fresh! This time I had to use apple cider vinegar because I ran out of white, and couldn't tell a difference! I do add celery salt and a tiny pinch of ground cloves.... but it's not necessary. I got a kick out of "1tahoegal", who says it tastes nothing l
Good stuff
Submitted on: 09/24/15
We made some maid-rite and french fries and had no ketchup couldn't afford any so I googled this, and like your recipe, tried it! Delicious! Course I added a pinch of cinnamon ,ground cloves, and cayenne pepper! Might not ever by Ketchup again
Good start...tweaks needed
Submitted on: 09/16/15
This is nothing like the Heinz we use. So sorry, I don't normally do this. Take your bottle of Heinz and do the taste test. Read the Heinz label you can see. I found this to be too sweet, regardless of your personal choice of sweetener. "Simply Heinz" is what we use as we avoid HFCS, but that is a personal sugar choice.
Glad I found this recipe
Submitted on: 09/15/15
Unlike the other commenters, I just found this recipe and have not been been to the store to buy the ingredients yet (ran out of all tomato products) so, of course, I haven't been able to cook the ketchup yet. I was impressed with all (but one) of the comments and looking forward to making this tomorrow after my shopping trip to the grocery store. One thing I plan on doing is adding curry to the recipe; I lived in Germany for 10 years and they have a curry ketchup there that is to die for!
Some adjustments needed
Submitted on: 09/10/15
Nice and easy recipe, I just made it. I had a feeling to put less vinegar, put only a quarter cup, half of what the recipe says, and yet it was too strong! Is it really suppose to say 1/2 cup and not 1/2 a tbsp? It is a good taste, though, but a bit overwhelming. Thank you for the recipe :)
Submitted on: 09/03/15
I followed this recipe exactly except added 1/4 tsp. celery salt an 1/8 tsp. of ground cloves and it tastes exactly like Heinz except it is much fresher tasting. Way to go Todd, you nailed it!
It saved my calico beans!
Submitted on: 08/28/15
Thank you all for your suggestions. I added celery seed and vinegar. Calico beans calls for brown sugar and the ketchup was sweet enough. I appreciate these reviews so much!
Submitted on: 07/16/15
This is very good! I did replace both corn syrup and sugar with 1/2 C raw honey cuz it's better, health wise. Thank you for sharing!!!
Great surprise
Submitted on: 07/13/15
I've started trying to do more food from scratch but thought ketchup would be too hard to get right. I found this recipe and decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did. It's every bit as good as the name brand, and I have control of the ingredients. Making my second batch now, and see no reason to ever buy ketchup again.
SO awesome!
Submitted on: 06/26/15
I had some doubt before attempting this but it is exactly as everyone else says! Tastes just about like said branded sauce but less hassle! I used xylitol instead of corn syrup (and no celery salt cuz I had none) and only really cooked it for 5 mins as I'm lazy and it is brilliant! SO tasty! Will only make this from now on, no need to buy the other stuff.
Rabbi Avi Herzog  
Submitted on: 06/18/15
This is awesome! I substituted apple cider vinegar for the white vinegar to give it a bit of a bite, and I used brown sugar instead of corn syrup as I consider it healthier. But simply delicious!
The very best. Consistently
Submitted on: 05/23/15
I make this every two weeks. It is great. I ground two whole cloves and thow a tiny dash of smoked Serrano chile in too. But the basic recipe is amazing.
Submitted on: 05/20/15
This recipe is so good. My cooks told me they have no more ketchup in the house so we have to make for 150 people for next day so I use this recipe. Everyone love it .
Good Base recipe
Submitted on: 05/16/15
I used this recipe as a basis for something far better. I used honey as the 'corn syrup'. And molasses as the 'sugar'. I used a sea salt that is mixed with organic veggies. And added in smoked paprika, white wine vinegar, fresh pepper and a few other things I have in the cupboard. I like to mix it up with the homemade ketchups.
Submitted on: 03/31/15
Contrary to the one negative 5/23/14 comment, love to hear everyone's tweaks and observations. Great source of ideas. It is so freeing to be able to create what you want so easily without being dependent on the commercial options which don't always meet your needs. Thanks!
Heinz ketchup copycat recipe
Submitted on: 02/09/15
The recipe was great!! I ran out of ketchup and my husband didn't want to run to the store so I found this and from now on I will make my own!! Thank you so much for this recipe!!
Submitted on: 10/25/14
This was a great recipe! I needed to make ketchup for my daughter, because she has to do a low iodine diet. Most salt in store products contain iodized salt or seasalt, so we cannot use the products. It's almost impossible to find products with no salt. She will be so happy to have ketchup for the 2 weeks of her diet! Thanks
Don't forget the cloves...
Submitted on: 10/11/14
I just made this recipe for the 2nd time - I followed my previous comment for how I modified the recipe and it didn't taste as good as the first time. I finally realized I forgot the cloves! Last time I added 1/4-1/2 t ground cloves for a double batch and wow, does it make THE difference.
Submitted on: 09/30/14
I was in the middle of making dinner for 20, ran short of ketchup. Not only did this recipe save the day, I was amazed how good it was!!
re: splattering
Submitted on: 09/26/14
Great as is, though I do prefer honey and add 1/4 t. celery salt as others have suggested. Splattering a problem? Try using a Crock Pot. :) The added time allows the flavors to marry well and MUCH less mess.
quite close to bottled ketchup
Submitted on: 09/25/14
i have always wanted to make ketchup at home but never had the courage to try out. I was slowly making up my mind by reading 'ingredients' on all ketchup labels but this recipf gave me that much required kick of confidence to go ahead. I must say it was excellent!
Submitted on: 09/20/14
I have tried countless ketchup recipes but this is by far the best! I made a double batch and made these adjustments: omitted corn syrup and sugar and added 1/2 cup xylitol - the sweetness was perfect for my liking; also added 1/2 t celery seed. Then cooked it in a small crock pot on high, whisking often, for about an hour or so. I plan to make a large enough batch to can.. it is delicious! Maybe next time I'll add some cayenne? Thank you for this recipe!!
Better than store bought
Submitted on: 07/24/14
This is the first time I made this. I read others suggestions and added celery salt in it and used tomato sauce to add it the tomato paste (I was trying to make a double batch but accidentally added to much of another ingredient so I had to put in the extra sauce to make up for the boo boo I made). However, the ketchup was a little bit watery after I took it off the stove so I will check it again in 24-hours. I will make it again, though.
Better than....
Submitted on: 07/15/14
The name brand! (Oops! Did I say that?). Well, quite honestly, I know what I have put into it. That in itself makes me smile :). I followed another post about adding some celery salt/seed. (In my case, salt.). But not too much as the flavor will over power everything! I made a double batch and added 1/4 tsp. thanks for this fabulous recipe! I'm hooked now..... :O
Too Sweet
Cookin with Gas  
Submitted on: 06/27/14
I liked the flavor but this was entirely too sweet for me. I will try it again reducing the sugars in half as I would like a go to ketchup recipe. I plan to use what I made for a bbq sauce as that is what I think it leans towards...
so awesome
non gmo momma  
Submitted on: 06/19/14
I tried this this after spending a ridiculous $6 on organic ketchup...and man was I surprised. It's better than Heinz! And so easy too. I switched out the 1/2 c corn syrup for honey and it turned out wonderful. Good job guys
Submitted on: 05/29/14
I have a child with many food sensitivities and so finding a Heinz copycat was difficult. This receipe was my fourth attempt and it was a winner. I did have to make my own corn syrup using water and beet sugar but it turned out perfect. She was thrilled to be able to have ketchup again.
Good Ketchup!
Jon Lord  
Submitted on: 05/23/14
Amazing that I constantly have to wade through everyone's crap personal opinions about sugar, and what's good for you...shut up! Keep your personal opinions to yourself and just leave comments on how the recipe was. A suggestion of what could be added or omitted is okay too, but you don't need to add your personal input of how evil sugar or something is. I want to know cold hard facts...was it good, was it not good, what is missing or.....my time is too important than to listen to your rant
Missing 1 Ingredient
Chef John  
Submitted on: 04/20/14
This recipe is missing ONE ingredient - Celery salt/seed. After tasting it and comparing it to the real deal, i discovered that it was missing this one key ingredient. But, be careful here as you don't need much. Too much and it will be ruined. I cook to taste, so I would estimate 1/4 tsp, for this recipe. I make larger batches, so I use more. Also, I get a little fancy with the sweeteners by using cactus sweetener, honey, and sometimes, brown sugar. Play around and you can make this much better.
Great Taste
Submitted on: 04/11/14
This is a great recipe except for the corn syrup with GMO's. I replaced the corn syrup with an equal amount of brown sugar and then increase the amount of liquid by 1/4 of the amount of sugar added. It works perfectly.....no one knew the difference and I will never buy ketchup again as this is cheaper to make and tastes much better
Submitted on: 04/06/14
Jean Luc de Tabite, sugar is not the enemy in the American diet. Splenda is a very bad sugar substitute, as are all artificial sweeteners on the market, with the exception of Stevia. High fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and semi-hydrogenated oils are some of the biggest problems. Also GMO's, MSG and bovine growth hormones. I like this recipe because it is as close to natural as you can get without making the ingredients yourselves.
Jean Luc de Tabite  
Submitted on: 03/16/14
We don't know what's in the unhealthy American diet, but this is a good thing if you add Splenda or Stevia (just low the sugar by a third) I say thank you, pal. Very good recipe when you are in control.
Absolutely scrummy
Submitted on: 03/04/14
I've tried lots of different recipes as I don't want all the preservatives and sugar etc etc and I can honestly say that I prefer it to Heinz and will only this use this now.
Heinz Ketchup
Submitted on: 02/28/14
Perfect period
Submitted on: 02/06/14
I omitted the sugar and corn syrup, used honey instead. Used half the amount of water so it would be a bit thicker. Tastes best after it sits overnite and the flavors meld together. Tastes like ketchup to me only fresher. Anyone who doesn't like this recipe clearly has no appreciation for what fresh, quality and home cooked means.
Clove Oil
Shannan DS  
Submitted on: 12/11/13
The biggest secret not said is : CLove Oil or add some Clove Spice. To taste really and it adds the Zip without a ton of salt it is perfect.
Ketchup but not Heinz
Submitted on: 11/15/13
Heinz contains no garlic. It also contains other aromatic spices.
Changed a little
Submitted on: 11/14/13
I tried this before andit was great. My son said cut the vinegar a little. I did that and added tomato sauce instead of water. Used honey to sweeten and no salt to cut the sodium. Pretty darned good.
Submitted on: 11/01/13
Why have I not tried this before? So easy and perfect flavor. Will definitely try using honey instead of corn syrup next time like some reviewers. One question: It splattered like crazy while simmering. Anything to help with this? I thought it needed to be uncovered while simmering... Will be making this regularly
The real deal
Submitted on: 10/29/13
This recipe is the real deal! Tastes better than "store-bought." I quadrupled the recipe to fill a large bottle (with a little left over). Thank you so much for posting this recipe.
Heinz Ketchup
Submitted on: 10/02/13
This ketchup was great! So easy. I can't have sugar so the only thing I did was substitute Xyilitol same measurement and 1 t. Stevia for the T. of sugar, and doubled the spices. I also used Apple Cider Vinegar for the white. I thought it was a little strong but my son loved the ACV flavor. This is my new ketchup recipe! Thankyou!
Submitted on: 09/28/13
Just the single teaspoon of salt adds 2,400 milligrams of sodium to this recipe (or 200 milligrams per ounce). Leave out the salt for better health.
Finger-licking good
Submitted on: 09/13/13
Made this with thick organic honey instead of corn syrup, a salt mix of kosher and celery salt :) and threw in a dash of cardamom powder. Totally love it; now let's see what my six year old prefers when I serve up dinner tonite. Eva, Nairobi
Submitted on: 09/08/13
I tried this recipe because a family member can't have the red dye that is is store ketchup, so I tried this one. It was so good and a fast way to make ketchup she was thrilled to have ketchup again and she is a Heinz snob when it comes to Katchup. The only thing I changed was the corn syrup I only had raw honey in the house and it turned out great. sooo good. Thanks
Heinz Ketchup
Submitted on: 09/03/13
This is delicious! I was really surprised. Thanks for sharing.
Submitted on: 08/08/13
I did as Stevie with brown sugar. couldn't believe how great it tasted. Cut out alot of salt also. Thanks Todd
Just. F***ing. Brilliant.
Submitted on: 07/11/13
This is the best ketchup I've ever tasted! A rich tomato flavor and a beautiful color - thumps up from Denmark!
Top Notch!
Submitted on: 07/08/13
I made this exactly like the recipe and the next day did a side by side taste comparison with Heinz and it was exact! But much fresher and it tasted much fresher and more flavorful. Next time I will used honey instead of corn syrup as it is healthier for you and costs much less - it only takes about 25 or so minutes from start to finish, and 20 of that is simmering it. I would use about half as much water next time as it isn't quite thick enough and I like it as thick as Heinz.
Great imitation
Submitted on: 06/14/13
I couldn't get what I know as ketchup in New Zealand, where nearly everything is too sweet and their tomato sauce has cloves in it, so I decided to make my own. I used half a cup of tomato paste, only 1/3 cup of clover honey, no sugar and no corn syrup. Doubled the garlic and onion powder. Absolutely delicious!
Doesn't taste like Heinz
Submitted on: 05/25/13
I don't think this taktes like Heinz or Hunts or any other commercial recipe. The fact is, the brightness of the vinegar and richness of the overall tomato flavor make this a better flavor than any commercial recipe I have bought. This is a winner!
Submitted on: 05/25/13
Used brown sugar syrup I made by reducing one cup of water with 3/4 cup of brown sugar. No corn syrup and no regular sugar. Added extra garlic -fresh ... excellence
Great find!
Submitted on: 04/28/13
My husband is a ketchup snob, so when he insisted on having a taste of this recipe as it was cooking on the stove, I thought sure he'd poo poo it. Not so! After one taste he proclaimed "Now THAT'S ketchup!" Also used honey instead of HFC. I'll never buy ketchup again!
Good ketchup, easy to make.
Ella's Mommy  
Submitted on: 04/11/13
Now, while I don't like ketchup myself, my two year old does on occasion and so does my husband. I've been wanting to rid my family's diet of high fructose corn syrup and decided I could start making much of our foods myself. I found this recipe to yield a thick, flavorful ketchup. I was able to modify the recipe like many others to meet our food needs, i.e. I make it with honey also. I just wish it somehow would produce more! It seems we go through it so quickly-I've hard to start d
Far sweeter than and tastes nothing like Heinz
Submitted on: 03/08/13
While it makes a sticky, sweet tomato sauce, the liquid resulting from this recipe in no way resembles Heinz ketchup. It's excessive sweetness is reminiscent of Hunts (except too vinegary). It's also extremely watery. You may achieve a better result with no additional water and only a TBSP or so of sweetener and vinegar. But there are better recipes out there.
Mike Webb  
Submitted on: 02/26/13
Making it right now . Really easy and smells GREAT!!! If you go through alot of Ketchup as i do , then this is the recipe to make and enjoy like the stuff you find on your grocery shelf. You can add your own spice and whatever you feel would make the batch as good, or even better than what they produce in the factory. I added some crushed red pepper for some zing and ground pumkin spice for sweetness, boyy this taste better than anything you can get at the store. 12 out of ten! Definitly worth the time.
This IS the one
Matt Zumwalt  
Submitted on: 01/14/13
Our youngest tends to be a "Ketchup Snob" and would only use 'store bought' ketchup. I found this recipe and tried it. He never knew the differance. (We make new batches and put them in the old Heinz bottle :-D )
Heinz Ketchup
Carol Chiveral  
Submitted on: 02/24/11
I love this recipe, I use honey instead of corn syrup. I make it organically.
I modified this recipe
jeremy moss  
Submitted on: 12/10/10
I grow my own vegetables herbs and spices so I did not really need to buy any thing so I used home grown onions garlic and tomatoes. I added the peel and removed the seeds. Pureed about 12 of the tomatoes diced and cooked a garlic clove and a tablesspoon of fine minced onions, then I added the tomato juice and corn syrup sugar and salt. Reduced the sauce until it was thick like ketchup about the same time 20 min, then I put it in a plastic container.
Submitted on: 03/25/10
We haven't bought ketchup for over 3 years I always make my own. The only change I made to this recipe is to omit the water. My family uses so much ketchup I quadruple the recipe, this way I only make it about every 8 weeks. It keeps just fine in the refrigerator.
Submitted on: 01/07/09
WOW...one of the better ones that I have tried. I even got my son to eat it and he said he couldn't taste the difference.
Submitted on: 04/27/08
Hubby & I love garlic so I doubled it in this recipe & it tastes fabulous! My international students also love my 'home-made' ketchup. Thanks!
Submitted on: 07/30/07
AWESOME doesn't begin to describe it! With 2 toddlers who love ketchup we use alot of it in our house! I've also made it organic by using organic paste, vinegar, and honey in place of the corn syrup and sugar. It's easy to make using a crock pot too .. I just whisk everything together in a small crockpot and cook on low for about an hour stirring every so often! This is my favorite of all the Top Secret Recipes!
Submitted on: 06/24/07
IT IS AWESOME! It's so smooth and thick. It's like buying it in a store! I like to thank you for posting this recipe! God bless!
Submitted on: 05/09/07
I loved it! Now, having acquired a taste for earthy, organic foods now, I substituted organic apple cider vinegar for the white vinegar, and maple syrup for the corn syrup. I used a golden less refined sugar for the sugar, but otherwise kept things the same. It was so wonderful! No more store-bought chemical-laden ketchup for me! With my substitutions there is a mild "twang", but it's delicious and so healthy!
Submitted on: 12/01/06
I think this is a great recipe. I don't buy alot of ketchup anymore since I make my own from this recipe. Even my fussy 4 year old likes it.
Submitted on: 03/30/06
I Am on a no HFS diet and most ketchup has it in it. First i tried making this with simple syrup because any light corn syrup i looked at had HFS in it, it was a little sweeter but still good; than i fuund out you can get just corn syrup in galon jugs some places!! it tasts Great!!!
Submitted on: 02/23/06
I substituted honey for the corn syrup, 1:1. It's a bit sweeter than Heinz, probably could have ommited the granulated sugar. Excellent taste though. Will definetly make again.
Submitted on: 11/17/05
Was looking for something else when I found this, boy am I glad I did. I'll never be without.
Submitted on: 11/09/05
i am from holland.and im so happy with this recipe.it just tast so much better.en it cost a lot less.i dont now if my englisch is that wel but....i try.thank you.bye bye
Submitted on: 08/14/05
I love its thickness, but homemade just tastes so much better!!
Submitted on: 07/20/05
My daughter only eats Heinz, she doesn't know the difference...I can do a lot of ketchup for a fraction of the price.
E. M. Camarena  
Submitted on: 07/20/05
I have not bought ketchup since discovering this recipe. It is absolutely worth the time to make, delivering a tomato flavor with tang and zest. The ketchup is thick and brimming with mouthwatering zip. If you don't believe me, try it yourself. Use the best tomato paste you can buy. This is what ketchup should taste like!