Make Ahead

Ketchup From Hell

August 23, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 50 minutes
  • Makes About 3 cups
Author Notes

This is an innovative way to spice up your ketchup. Works great with sweet potatoes fries or as a BBQ sauce on top of chicken and steak. - adamnsvetcooking —adamnsvetcooking

Test Kitchen Notes

This is a devilishly hot sauce with great depth and versatility. It's very easy to make and it makes a lot -- you could halve the recipe if you don't need much. Be sure to remove any seeds from your chipotle peppers first. If you wanted a sweet version, consider just adding smoked paprika and no peppers. I served this ketchup with a grassfed steak, grilled using a dry rub. It would be a welcome variation from plain old ketchup for sweet potato fries and I think it will work very well with chicken -- among many other possibilities! – Sagegreen

Curious about the origins of ketchup? Tune into the episode of Either Side Eaters, where co-hosts Jen Phanomrat and Katie Quinn discuss its less-than-obvious history. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1 Medium red onion, sliced
  • 3 Cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1.5 cups Organic ketchup
  • 2.5 cups Organic apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 1/4 cup Chipotle in Adobo with juice, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil to coat the bottom of a sauce pot
  1. Heat up the oil in a sauce pot at medium high. Add the sliced onion, cook for few minutes, and add the garlic. Caramelize the onions, about 10 mins.
  2. Add ketchup, apple sauce, paprika, cumin, and the diced chipotle with it juice. Season with salt and pepper. Bring down the heat to simmer and cook for about 30 to 40 mins.
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10 Reviews

adamnsvetcooking November 3, 2010
Whan an interesting combination.. I am very happy that my recipe was an inspiration
Sagegreen September 9, 2010
Congrats adamnsvetcooking on your ep! I love this recipe and find myself craving it. I did make a milder version, which is really super with sweet potato fries. And my son has requested the hotter version!
adamnsvetcooking September 10, 2010
Thanks a lot Sage!
Sagegreen October 17, 2010
My son still raves about this recipe! It is the only ketchup he wants now. Even though things are crazy busy right now, I am going to find the time to make more.
adamnsvetcooking October 17, 2010
Hahaha! I am glad!!
Sagegreen November 2, 2010
Since I was fresh out of chipotle in adobo, I resorted to a major variation with this recipe using fresh ginger and calvados instead: You have inspired me to work with applesauce and ketchup further! Such a great combination.
Sagegreen September 5, 2010
I made this yesterday and had it with steak, and it was wonderful....tonight we had it with sweet potato fries and it was really, truly great together! My son took some home with him because he loved it so much! I don't think we will want regular ketchup again after this.
adamnsvetcooking September 5, 2010
I am really glad that you liked the ketchup :) You might have to start making batches for your son. I got all of the ingredients today to make you Butter Alive recipe...We are grilling fish tomorrow
Sagegreen August 23, 2010
Love the name! So glad to see your fab guac recipe, too!!!
adamnsvetcooking August 23, 2010
Thanks Sagegreen :)