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If you have been looking for a Whole30 approved Ketchup replacement and you don't have easy access to Tessamae's Organic Ketchup, then you should give this Spicy No-Sugar Ketchup a shot. I'll warn you, it doesn't taste just like your fave Heinz Ketchup but for us, it hits the spot and is easily the reason we've been able to sustain Whole30 through the first couple of weeks.
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Whenever you start a new diet or way of eating you wonder what will be the toughest part. I really, really thought that not having sugar would be the toughest considering I have such a big sweet tooth. Surprisingly, despite having a whole whack of candy and chocolate sitting in our liquor cabinet, which is where the contraband has been stored, I haven't been tempted at all. The first few breakfasts were really hard because we were eating scrambled eggs and compliant bacon but had no Whole30 approved condiments. Being based in Canada can be challenging when many of the Whole30 approved suppliers don't ship to Canada. I thought my husband was going to quit after his second ketchup-free serving of eggs but instead, he got creative. This recipe is all him.
Spicy No-sugar Ketchup is our Answer
We call it Spicy Ketchup because it does pack a little kick that actually increases the longer this mixture sits in the fridge. Granted, it never lasts more than 3 days when we make the single recipe (calls for one can of tomato paste) because we use it a lot especially with our breakfast. This recipe is easy to scale up depending on your needs and it only takes minutes to make. Eggs scream for this spicy ketchup, so do crispy baked potato bites. Do you put ketchup on your eggs? It is a point of disagreement with my husband. I have to have ketchup with scrambled eggs and he looks at me like I'm crazy. He has to have it for dipping bacon!
The beauty of this recipe is you can mix it by hand, use your blender or the food processor. My husband made it by hand the first time and I've used both the blender and my brand spankin' new food processor because I really needed an excuse to use it. Both of my trusty appliances give this spicy ketchup a smoother consistency and help to break down the spices more evenly but don't despair if you don't have a blender or food processor.
A Friendly Warning
I will warn you though if you don't like a bit of heat then just move on. If you are looking for something that tastes just like your Heinz ketchup then best to keep looking. You, of course, can try dialing the spice level up and down to meet your personal tastes but if you dial down too far you'll be enjoying a can of tomato paste.
Looking for more Whole30 Tips? Check out our 9 Tips for Whole30 Survival based on our own experience.
Been looking for a sugar-free Horseradish? You can make your own sugar-free 3 ingredient Whole30 compliant horseradish.