Easy Homemade Spicy Ketchup

I've been making homemade ketchup for several years, but it wasn't until a few days ago that I realized I haven't actually shared any of those recipes here. HUGE oversight on my part, as this is one of the easiest and coolest recipes I know.  Sorry about that, but I'm fixing it now!

No more complicated than making a simple homemade pasta sauce, you really only have to combine some ingredients in a pot, let simmer, and then puree into a flavorful and luscious ketchup that will blow that squeeze-bottle stuff out of the water.

This recipe is for one of my favorite variations--a spicy ketchup with just a tiny bit of smoke from chipotle peppers, and plenty of heat from ground cayenne. A touch of lime juice adds another dimension.

I love this one with baked sweet potato fries, spread on a burger, or with crunchy chicken tenders for dipping. I'm sure it would be awesome about a billion other ways, too.

Seriously, you can't go wrong with this one.

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Homemade Spicy Ketchup
Makes about 3 cups ketchup

1 medium onion, diced
3 large garlic cloves, sliced in half
1 28oz can tomato puree
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (add 2 if you like a lot of spice!)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Juice of 1 whole lime
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and let simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and let cool 20 minutes, then puree until very smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

Transfer to a jar and refrigerate. Will keep 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator. Can also be frozen.

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