How to Make Ketchup Just Like Heinz

So this is a first for me. Honestly, Heinz Ketchup is about as common a product as any in the Hunt refrigerator. So why on earth would I even think of making it myself? If you haven’t seen today’s headlines, brace.

The U.S. is experiencing a ketchup shortage. Not kidding. Ketchup! And specifically, our favorite brand, Heinz.

French fries with ketchup on wood tray

Packets, what packets?

Seems that manufacturing has not kept up with demand. With the pivot to drive-thrus and curbside pickup, Americans have fairly devoured the entirety of the national supply of those little packets of ketchup.

I don’t understand why Heinz et al could not figure out how to push the button on the packet-filling machine to 20,000,000,000 instead of the usual 2,000,000,000, but then I’m not in that business.

If news media are reporting this as the latest crisis we can blame on Covid, it’s a problem surely to hit consumers at all levels.

Bye-bye bottles

Restaurants, we read, are resorting to ketchup in bottles, opting to fill little to-go containers themselves. They’re clearing out the shelves at the big box stores and warehouses. You should assume they’re heading to a supermarket near you.

But not to worry! We can make it ourselves, and remarkably come out with a product that is very (very!) close to Heinz Ketchup, for just pennies!

How to Make Ketchup (Heinz Copycat)

You’ll need:

✅ tomato paste

✅ light corn syrup

✅ white vinegar

✅ water

✅ white granulated sugar

✅ salt

✅ onion powder

✅ garlic powder


French Fries with Ketchup

Copycat Heinz Ketchup

Now that ketchup is in short supply, you can relax. Make it yourself! This is so close to Heinz, you're going to amazed. And it's super cheap to make yourself. You can relax and stop worrying that with replenished supplies someday in the future, we'll be handed super inflated prices, too. How high will the price go on Heinz Ketchup? Who knows, and quite frankly, who cares? Not you!
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 tablespoons
Calories: 23kcal
Author: Inspired by Top Secret Recipes
Cost: $.70


  • 1 6-oz. can tomato paste
  • ½ cup light corn syrup like Karo
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 1 tspn salt
  • ¼ tspn onion powder
  • tspn garlic powder


  • Into a medium sauce pan set over medium heat, pour all of the ingredients.
  • Stir or whisk until all ingredients are well incorporated and the mixture looks smooth.
  • Once the ketchup comes to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer.
  • Allow to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes (be careful to not let it burn).
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Cover and allow to cool. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.


  1. Store in a recycled Ketchup bottle or other covered containers
  2. My cost to make this recipe, using store-brand tomato paste about $.70. An equal amount of Heinz Ketchup, at about $.15 per oz at my supermarket, works out to $3.59 for the same amount—more than 5x this homemade version. Wow! What a savings. 
  3. Non-Fructose Version: Substitute blue agave sweetener for the Karo light corn syrup in the foregoing recipe. Everything else remains the same. 


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Brenda says:

    5 stars
    Spot on taste! Even the kid approved! For those interested Agave can be substituted, I had to look it up because I didn’t have any corn syrup…

  2. Norm Malinowski says:

    5 stars
    I made your ketchup recipe this weekend. OMG! Now it’s MY ketchup recipe. The flavor is at least as good as the name brand. It’s easy to make and I’m already looking at variations like BBQ ketchup, Jalapeño ketchup, etc.
    Thanks for all the great ideas and especially for your comforting support during the Covid pandemic.

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