Ketchup has remained one of the most popular condiments for a reason. It’s a simple, and essential kitchen creation that goes so well with so many different things. It’s the perfect accompaniment to veggie burgers, hot dogs, and potatoes of all kinds. Unfortunately, many store-bought ketchups are filled with high-fructose corn syrup, salt, and a list of preservatives. Luckily, these natural, homemade recipes below are just as delicious and will remind you of the ketchup you ate as a child.
We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help you get healthy! And, don’t forget to check out our Condiment Archives!
1. Tofu Fries with Chili Lime Ketchup
Looking for a healthy alternative to your beloved potato fries and ketchup? Look no further than these lightly browned tofu batons for a filling snack or light meal. Air frying the tofu ensures the finish is perfect and the amount of oil minimal. Tossing the tofu in cornstarch creates a coating that crisps up, and the added spices infuse every bite. Don’t skip the homemade ketchup dipping sauce; you might want to double the recipe because these Tofu Fries with Chili Lime Ketchup by Michelle Anderson is absolutely addictive.
2. Homemade Smoky Tomato Ketchup
Source: Homemade Smoky Tomato Ketchup
This homemade smoky tomato ketchup by Charlotta Holmström Ortiz has a smoky flavor that makes it the perfect accompaniment to veggie burgers and fries of all kinds. But, if smoky flavors aren’t your thing, the recipe is easily customized to your liking. After making this ketchup, you’ll probably never want to buy another bottle again!
3. Raw Ketchup
Source: Raw Ketchup
Raw ketchup is easy to make and will make your raw foods taste even better. There’s really nothing quite like a good ketchup. This simple, yet essential, kitchen creation goes so well with so many different things. It’s a tangy, sweet, super tomato-y experience. Now you can have a raw ketchup that will remind you of the ketchup you ate as a child. It’s just like the sauce you smear all over your hot potato chips, dunk a sausage roll into, or squirt all over a piping hot sausage in bread. This raw ketchup recipe by Nikki Stokes is unbelievably easy––you have got to try it!
4. Spicy Beet Ketchup
Source: Spicy Beet Ketchup
This healthier take on your favorite all-purpose condiment uses cooked beets in place of tomatoes. This spicy beet ketchup by Robin Runner is perfect with roasted veggies, especially sweet potatoes! Plus, it is the most gorgeous shade of purply pink.
5. How to Make Healthy, Organic, Homemade Ketchup (No Added Sugar!)
Tomatoes are one of nature’s sweetest foods, but the intoxicating addition of high-fructose corn syrup, salt, and a list of preservatives, is what essentially kept me coming back for more. While you could pay for pricey ketchup and condiments that come without added sugars, why not save your money, spend five minutes in the kitchen and just make this healthy organic ketchup recipe by Heather McClees.
6. Sweet Potato and Cabbage Dogs
Source: Sweet Potato and Cabbage Dogs
Believe it or not, sweet potatoes combined with cabbage and spices give a wonderful texture and flavor to the best veggie dogs you’ll ever make. A crispy outer layer and a softness inside served on a toasted bun with ketchup, mustard, and sliced vegetables or relish, like a classic hot dog. The best part is that these homemade veggie dogs by Anupama Paliwal are the easiest thing to make ever and they taste awesome.
7. Red Cabbage Carrot Dogs
Source: Red Cabbage Carrot Dogs
We understand that some might have doubts about this, but trust us — these carrot dogs by Melina Kutelas actually taste like the real thing. The flavor of the carrots has just the right mixture of sweet and tanginess to it. The added flavor bonus of shredded red cabbage and spicy arugula makes it even better and a little bit more special. Drizzle it with ketchup and mustard and dig in.
8. Black Bean, Mushroom, and Kalamata Olive Burger
This black bean and mushroom patty by Rita Parente and Andre Noguiere is amazing on its own. Add dried figs, kalamata olives, and thyme to the mix and you’ve got a match made in foodie heaven! Garlic and paprika turn what could very well be bland patties into an incredible Mediterranean-inspired burger delight.
9. Ketchup Baked Home Fries
Source: Ketchup Baked Home Fries
What’s better than a ketchup draped pile of steaming potatoes? Ever consider coating them in ketchup before you baked them? Thankfully I did, and this is what emerged from my oven 25 minutes later. With a little garlic and spices tossed in, these ketchup baked home fries by Renee Press came out crispy, savory, and delicious
10. Raw Yam Burgers and Daikon Fries with Ketchup
All that’s in these raw yam burgers and fries by Emily Von Euw is a whack load of vegetables and spices. Goes like this: throw stuff in the food processor, rub things with your hands, toss something in the dehydrator and you’ll get a gourmet raw food meal in no time! (Okay, I may have simplified that process a little.) But seriously – it’s pretty much that easy. Look at the colors of this food.
11. Quick and Easy Curly Fries
Source: Quick and Easy Curly Fries
Craving curly fries? Forget that frozen stuff and make your own! Seasoned with salt and pepper, these oven-baked curly fries by Liz Martone are light, crispy, and perfect for dipping in ketchup. This may be fast food, but it’s good food.
12. Kid-Friendly Cauliflower Hash Browns
Sometimes getting kids to eat veggies can be a bit difficult, but it’s important to make sure they get all of the nutrients that they need. That’s why these vegan hashbrowns are amazing. They’re a kid-favorite and disguise the cauliflower so well! This recipe for cauliflower hashbrowns by Katia Martin might even be your child’s new favorite breakfast!
Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home!
For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here are some great resources to get you started:
- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
For more Animal, Earth, Life, Vegan Food, Health, and Recipe content published daily, subscribe to the One Green Planet Newsletter! Lastly, being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!