I’m going to confess something. I’ve never tasted store-bought ketchup. So when I made this “tomato dip,” I had to ask my boyfriend if it tasted like ketchup, because I really had no idea. He said it did. And homemade ketchup sounds way better than just tomato dip, so here we are.
As a kid I thought ketchup was pretty much the most disgusting thing that’s ever disgraced the universe (maybe because I really hate the squirting sound ketchup bottles make or the fact that my older cousin used to drink ketchup out of the bottle with a straw), and quite frankly condiments were completely off the table because I liked things plain and only plain. This, of course, was all determined without ever actually having tasted ketchup to see if I liked it. I still don’t know, but if it does indeed taste like this homemade version, I’d be drinking it out of the bottle with a straw, too.
This stuff is a breeze to whip up, and perfect on just about anything. Obviously delicious with homemade fries (potato, sweet potato, carrot, the options are infinite!), on a burger, with chicken, etc. I also throw this stuff on top of bowls of cooked veggies and meats and it makes for an uber tasty addition. It’s creamy, rich and got an acidic tang that’s just to die for.
Basically, what I’m saying is that I’ve finally caught up with ketchup. Eh? Puns? Forget it. Just dig in!
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1/3 cup water more or less depending on desired consistency
- 3 tbsps apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp salt more to taste
- 1/8 tsp black pepper more to taste
Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl or jar. Add more water for a thinner consistency. Adjust seasoning as desired!