Paleo Balsamic Ketchup

Recipe Macros

Tracking your macros is important while trying to remain in Ketosis. Here they are for one serving of this recipe.


Fat: 0g


Protein: 0g


Carbs: 6g (net)
(3g without honey)

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One day, many months ago, as our family was shopping for an upcoming camping trip, we stumbled across a bottle of Heinz ketchup. But this was no ordinary ketchup, it was balsamic vinegar ketchup. Now, full-disclosure here, we totally bought it because balsamic vinegar. Also, it was all in the name of science, er, recipe testing. I had to know what it tasted like because clearly, continuing to purchase Heinz was out of the question, so a copycat paleo version was basically a requirement.

I though about making this recipe for a long time but never got around to it. When I finally did, I went through about 3-4 different variations before I got to the one that was just right. Yeah, we went through a lot of ketchup. Good thing my family is a good sport even with the recipe “failures”.

Paleo Balsamic Ketchup {by Our Paleo Life}

I’ve actually been hanging on to the “success” recipe for some time now, again, just never got around to actually posting it. But now that I’m on day 4 of my Whole30, and working on my meal plan, I realized I needed sugar-less ketchup in my life and so do you.

Paleo Balsamic Ketchup {by Our Paleo Life}

While this recipe uses honey, you can totally leave it out for Whole30-compliance. The tomatoes are sweet enough and if the ketchup is stored in the fridge for long enough, all the flavors meld really well and the sweetness in the tomatoes really comes through. So go honey-less with your ketchup, enjoy that perfect balsamic flavor, and revel in the fact that you’ll never have to buy ketchup again.

PS: I lurve mixing this ketchup with Paleo Lime Mayo for an awesome burger/fry sauce. Try it!

Paleo Balsamic Ketchup {by Our Paleo Life}

Balsamic Ketchup

Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 29 kcal
Author: Kendra Benson
It's basically impossible to find any ketchup in the store without some form of added refined sugar or weird preservatives, so make your own. This recipe not only leaves out the nasty stuff and is only sweetened with honey (you may also opt to not sweeten it at all), but it has the perfect blend of flavors from tomatoes and balsamic vinegar.



  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Use a whisk to combine everything evenly and get rid of any lumps.
  2. Bring to a simmer and continue cooking for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a glass storage container of your choice (I love using recycled sauce/ketchup bottles).
  4. Store in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  • This ketchup becomes sweeter the longer it is left in the fridge. If you anticipate using all of it within a week, maybe 2, I would recommend using all the honey. If you are making this for future consumption, only use about half of the honey listed.
  • As mentioned above, this ketchup becomes sweeter the longer it is stored. It will even be sweet without the honey if stored for too long. Try to use it early on to avoid an overly sweet condiment.
  • If you omit the honey, carbs are 3g per serving with 18 calories.
Nutrition Facts
Balsamic Ketchup
Amount Per Serving (2 Tbsp)
Calories 29
% Daily Value*
Sodium 126mg 5%
Potassium 153mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 5g
Vitamin A 4.3%
Vitamin C 3.8%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 2.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Last Updated 01/04/2019

4 Responses to “Paleo Balsamic Ketchup”

  1. Kris

    I am so excited that I found you!! I can’t wait to have dinner tonight. Thank you for your great recipes.

  2. Nikki

    Hi there,

    This looks delicious, how long is it’s shelf life? Can it be put in a water bath to prolong it life?


  3. Laura

    This looks great. I will use Agave nectar because of health issues.
    I am just learning about the Paleo diet. I appreciate all of your efforts.

  4. Pam


    I realize that your post is quite old but I just came across this blog and I am just seeing your post. You may already be aware of this but Agave Nectar is actually very un-healthy. Check out this information regarding Agave Nectar.


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