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Spicy Tomato Salsa (Ketchup)

Spicy Tomato Salsa (Ketchup)

The idea for this post came as a result of thinking about a pairing with a dish to be published in a future post, “Omurice” (Japanese Rice Omelette). There are some dishes that just cannot be eaten without ketchup or an alternative. For example, I really like spicy tomato salsa (ketchup) with scrambled eggs and bacon, but when it comes to sausage or bacon rolls, it has to be what I would call the “King of Sauces”, HP!

Having seen that the Omurice recipe requires ketchup, both as a garnish and also as part of the rice ingredients, I thought I would take a stab at making some tomato salsa of my own. Luckily it turned out fine, so I´ve shared the ingredients and method with you below.


  • a good glug of olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 50 g brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp smoky chipotle paste
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or all-spice, if you have it)
  • 60 g white wine vinegar
  • 60 g tomato purée
  • 2 x 390 g tins of chopped tomatoes


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and fry over a low heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the garlic, stir and fry for a further 5 minutes or so, until the onions are softened.
  3. Stir in the brown sugar, smoky chipotle paste and cinnamon, and fry for a couple of minutes more, until the sugar has melted completely.
  4. Add the white wine vinegar and tomato purée and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and cook for a further 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mix thickens.
  6. Taste the mix, adjusting where necessary, then season well.
  7. Allow the mix to cool slightly, then either transfer to a food blender or blend with a handheld blender. I prefer to use a fairly thick mix, but, if necessary, you could thin it slightly by adding 200 ml of chicken stock and stirring it in well.
pan of spicy tomato salsa
Pan of spicy tomato salsa

With a home-made spicy tomato salsa (ketchup), you get not only a hugely improved taste, but an additive-free accompaniment to your meals.

This salsa goes perfectly with the sausage and caramelised red onion quiche recipe here.



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