Apple-Sweet Chipotle Ketchup

This sweet-smoky Ketchup gets a kick from dried chipotle powder, but you can experiment with any dried chilies for different levels of heat, sweetness, and smokiness.  This fat-free, sugar-free, healthy vegan recipe goes great with Sweet Potato Fries, Southwestern Black Bean Burgers, and Potato Hash.  

EASY       Servings: 12     Ready In: 20 minutes

Apple Sweet Chipotle Ketchup - Healthy, Oil-Free, No Sugar Added, Natural, Paleo, Plant-Based, Vegan, Spicy

Apple Sweet Chipotle Ketchup - Healthy, Oil-Free, No Sugar Added, Natural, Paleo, Plant-Based, Vegan, Spicy


1 sweet Apple
1 small sweet onion
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp chipotle powder

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Apple Sweet Chipotle Ketchup


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To make the ketchup: Dice the onions and apple. Place in a dry sauté pan over high heat. 
Cover and brown the onions and apples, about 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes
When the onions star to brown, add the chipotle powder.
Keep cooking until chipotle is aromatic and onions and apples are well browned
After the onions have browned for about 10-12 minutes, add the tomato paste and "singe" (let it brown) as well, a couple of minutes
When the paste is close to the color of brick, add the vinegar to deglaze.  Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any bits. 
Add 1 cup of water. Cover and simmer until apples are completely tender, just 7 minutes or so.
You want a dark red color. 
Remove from heat and let cool slightly
Transfer everything into a blender. Purée
Add water, as needed, to reach a smooth, ketchup consistency. 
Taste to adjust seasoning with salt and pepper 

Serve with sweet potato fries or veggie burgers

Chef's Tip: You can use this basic recipe to experiment with a wide variety of dried chile peppers.  Gaujillos have a subtle smokiness, while Chipotles will really amp up the smoke and heat.  For a sweet ketchup, add 4 dried dates with the tomato paste.

Yield: 3 cups

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/12 of a recipe (1/4 cup).

Amount Per Serving
Calories 29.83
Calories From Fat (3%) 1.04
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.12g <1%
Saturated Fat 0.02g <1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 109.67mg 5%
Potassium 193.71mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 5.41g 2%
Fiber 1.09g 4%
Sugar 3.31g
Protein 0.8g 2%
Calcium 4.52mg <1%
Iron 11.16mg 62%
Vitamin A 294.95IU 6%
Vitamin C 4077.3mg 6796

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