Homemade Chunky Ketchup (The Best)
Homemade Chunky Ketchup (The Best)
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Homemade Chunky Ketchup (The Best)

1 H 15 MIN
1 H 30 MIN
2 H
4 litres (16 cups)



  1. Place the pickling spices in a tea ball or in a piece of cheesecloth
  2. In a large heavy pot, combine all the ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer over medium heat for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour into hot sterilized jars. Let cool and refrigerate


To sterilize the filled jars with ketchup in boiling water, it will take about 15 minutes. This ensures a long shelf life at room temperature. Unsterilized ketchup will keep for three weeks in the refrigerator. You can also freeze the ketchup, without any sterilization.

Erratum: The recipe for Homemade Chunky Ketchup published in Volume 8, Number 7 is wrong. Please take the Web version of the recipe, where the vinegar was added. We are sincerely sorry.


  1. Can you estimate the weight of 24 tomatoes please? I'm using those from my garden and they are smaller. Thanks

  2. Il y a beaucoup trop de sucre.

  3. Really tasty. I ajusted and used 4 cups sugar and it had just the right amount of sweet and tang. I canned this and, after leaving the required 1 inch headspace for my Tattler lids, I had 7 pint jars and a wee bit left over.

  4. Very tasty, however, it came out alot juicier than I wanted. I used field tomatoes and locally picked apples. Perhaps this is how it should be?

  5. Hello, How many cups of tomatoes? As I have very large tomatoes so quantity differ because of size.

  6. I now make this every year when making Tourtière du Shack. The two together make a wonderful meal. My grown children get a tourière and jar of ketchup as a present to help them celebrate the New Year. The ketchup is such a perfect compliment. Thank you. I would never buy ketchup again.

  7. Too much apple, missing celery. Otherwise very good French Canadian ketchup recipe!

  8. Field tomatoes or roma?

  9. wanting to know if roma or field tomatoes are better

  10. the best for sure this is a keeper thanks

  11. Is this not a chili sauce rather than a ketchup? Would I be able to puree some of the tomato after cooking to make it more like ketchup and then leave some of it chunky for texture? I only ask because I am not sure how watery the pureed tomatoes would end up being. I would prefer a thicker sauce, like ketchup, not pureed and watery like a soup.

  12. If I use can diced tomatoes, how many cans would I need?

  13. My sister, Bonnie, made this ketchup this past weekend and said it was totally fabulous! She canned the ketchup and I think it is the first time she canned anything in her life even though she has lived on a farm for 40 years! Bonnie said it was so worth the effort. I am going to make it, too!

  14. I would like to know the approximate yield or number of servings in your recipes. It helps to prepare before starting. Nonetheless, I will try this recipe based on the ratings of others. Thank you.

  15. Simply the Best

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