Copycat Heinz Ketchup

Well, by-golly, this copycat of Heinz ketchup is darned good ketchup! Whether you’re trying to replace the store-bought version or just looking for a nice base recipe to start with for making your own special ketchup, this is it.

Copycat Heinz KetchupI found the honey to really add a very nice sweetness, almost floral hint to the ketchup. I really liked that. And the celery seed also added a really nice twist. I love celery seed, I use it in a lot of sauces but mostly in meat rubs. Start with a little and see how you like the flavor before adding the full 1/4 teaspoon.

I also made a french fry dipping sauce the other day that is rather nice if I say so myself. Check it out! And nothing, absolutely nothing, is better than a copycat of the classic McDonald’s hamburger topped with homemade Heinz ketchup!

Copycat Heinz Ketchup

Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Mike


  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste (I used low salt)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup I used honey instead
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar try red wine vinegar for a really great twist!
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed more, or less (optional, but adds fantastic flavor)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Add all ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover partially and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and let cool completely before refrigerating.
  • Ketchup gets even better the next day.