Ketchup + 17 Clean Ingredients = Every Condiment You’ll Ever Need

Simple mix-ins that will never leave you wondering what exactly is in that special sauce. 

July 9, 2015
Stephen Wildish

It’s summer, which means that it’s ketchup’s time to shine. Burgers, hot dogs, and steaks love this top-selling condiment (it’s actually No. 3 in the U.S., after mayo and salsa). But with a few easy tweaks, you can make a sauce that has a life beyond the backyard—and can elevate any meal. Added bonus: You control what goes in, rather than accepting mystery ingredient listed on supermarket condiments. Start with an organic ketchup and add spices, herbs, fruit and more for nine gourmet twists on this all-American fixin’.

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Indian Spiced
1 tablespoon canola oil
¼ cup onion
½ cup ketchup
½ teaspoon curry powder

1. In a small pan, heat canola oil over a medium flame. Add onion and sauté until browned. 

2. Add onions, ketchup, and curry powder to food processor and pulse until combined. Try it on roasted fingerling potatoes.


Bloody Mary
½ cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Tabasco
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
½ teaspoon celery salt

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and pulse until blended. 

2. Dash it over eggs and home fries.


½ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Cholula hot sauce

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and pulse until blended. 

2. Us it to spice up huevos rancheros.


Secret Sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown mustard
½ cup mayonnaise
3 cornichons, minced

1. In a medium bowl, fold ketchup, brown mustard, and mayonnaise together using a rubber spatula. 

2. Add in cornichons and mix until evenly distributed. Spread it over veggie and beef burgers.


Chipotle Lime
½ cup ketchup
7-ounce can chipotles in adobo, drained
½ teaspoon lime juice

1. Blend ingredients in a food processor or blender.

2. Serve alongside sweet potato fries.


½ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons black truffle oil

1. Pour ketchup and truffle oil into a medium bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined. 

2. Serve alongside tater tots.


1 tablespoon canola oil
½ cup chopped onions
½ cup ketchup
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon liquid smoke

1. In a small saucepan over a medium flame, heat canola oil. Add onions and sauté until browned. 


2. Pour onions, ketchup, brown sugar, and liquid smoke into food processor and pulse until onions are mostly (but not completely) pureed. 

3. Spread onto a black bean burger.


Sweet + Sour
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup brown sugar

1. Pour all of the ingredients into a medium bowl, and whisk until thoroughly combined. 

2. Spread over the top of cooked meatloaf.


Cherry Pepper
½ cup ketchup
½ cup pitted halved cherries
¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

1. Pour all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth. 

2. Use as a glaze for grilled chicken.