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Sweet-and-Smokey Cranberry Chipotle Ketchup

Cranberry Chipotle Ketchup
Cranberry Chipotle Ketchup

This Cranberry Chipotle Ketchup recipe is sweet, smoky, and just a little bit spicy. It’s the perfect ketchup for sweet potato fries!

Give Ketchup a Shot

For the longest time, I used to pester my husband about the fact that he didn’t like ketchup. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around this. We would go out to breakfast at IHOP and while I would slather my hash browns in ketchup, he would pour maple syrup on them. Which, in my very humble opinion, is just not right. When we’d have fries, he would use barbecue or steak sauce on them—anything but ketchup. I nagged him and nagged him to give ketchup another shot and when he finally did, he admitted it wasn’t that bad. But he still wasn’t crazy about it and he still preferred maple syrup on his hash browns.

About the Recipe

When I saw a recipe for cranberry ketchup in Cooking Light, I decided that homemade ketchup would be the best way to get my husband fully onboard the ketchup train. Rather than using the ground red pepper suggested by the original recipe, I opted to add chipotle chiles instead. I keep these on hand in the freezer—when we buy a can of them, we puree them and freeze for future use. It’s a great way to add a little heat to whatever you’re cooking. Anyway, the chipotle and adobo mixture gives the ketchup a nice, smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with baked sweet potato fries. My husband is now a believer in the power of ketchup—or at least cranberry chipotle ketchup.

Cranberry Chipotle Ketchup

Sweet-and-Smokey Cranberry Chipotle Ketchup

A sweet-and-smoky ketchup that’s perfect with sweet potato fries. Adapted from Cranberry Ketchup (Cooking Light).
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 2/3 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup shallots chopped
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp minced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce more or less is fine—use what you’re comfortable with


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Process until smooth in a blender or food processor (I used an immersion blender).
  • Transfer to bowl; cover and chill.


Serving: 11/2 tablespoon
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  • Reply
    December 19, 2011 at 10:20 am

    my daughters would love this!

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    December 19, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Seriously, who doesn’t like ketchup? It’s like the safest condiment there is. I use chipotle peppers in adobo sauce when I make meatloaf and have never even thought to freeze them – great idea!

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      The Type A Housewife
      December 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      It works really well! If you puree them, when you have a recipe that calls for one, just use a tablespoon–it’s just about equivalent to one pepper chopped.

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    December 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    My hubby would love this!

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    December 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    My husband would LOVE this!

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    December 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Gah! Maple syrup on hash browns! Sacrilege!

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      The Type A Housewife
      December 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      Honestly, I feel sick just thinking about it. I can’t imagine what that tastes like. So, so wrong.

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    December 19, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh. Yep, another recipe that sounds fantastic. Add to my “one-day-I-will-try-this” pile.

    Curious…does your husband use REAL maple syrup or that nonsense that is passed off as syrup?

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      The Type A Housewife
      December 19, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      Well, if we’re at home, it’s real maple syrup. 🙂 But I don’t know if that’s what they have at IHOP? I suspect not!

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    Brenda Williams
    December 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Amazing recipe. Make my mouth water just reading about it.

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    Jen-Eighty MPH Mom
    December 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Mmmmm this looks so good!

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    December 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    i have never tried that before.. but it sure looks good.. i just can’t wait.

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    Canadian Mom Blogger
    December 19, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Oh yum…I wish I could cook, lol.

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    Liz @ ANIAN
    December 20, 2011 at 12:16 am

    This is 100% something I MUST have!

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    Kelly @ Free Spirit
    December 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Wow, I can’t wait to try this. I love cranberries & chipotle peppers!

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