Spicy Ketchup Recipe (Hot Ketchup)

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Spicy ketchup is the condiment you didn’t know you needed. Simple ketchup is elevated with just a few ingredients and brings a spicy sweet flavor to all kinds of food.

Bowl of ketchup surrounded by french fries.


Why make this spicy ketchup recipe

  • Taste – Similar to the Whataburger Spicy Ketchup, this is a sweet and spicy condiment that will add so much flavor to anything you put it on.
  • Fast – The prep time for this recipe is under 5 minutes. Simply stir the ingredients together to combine and you are done.

Ingredients needed

  • Ketchup – Use your favorite store bought regular ketchup or homemade ketchup.
  • Hot Sauce – I use Tabasco sauce but you could also use Cholua, or your favorite hot sauce.
  • Chili powder – Chili powder adds a smoky, delicious flavor to the ketchup.
Bowl of hot sauce, chili powder, and ketchup.

How to make spicy ketchup

This recipe uses just 3 ingredients and can be made in less than 5 minutes.

Step one: Place the ketchup in a bowl. Stir in hot sauce and chili powder. Mix until well combined.

Bowl with ketchup and spices.

Step two: Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How to store leftovers

Store: You can keep this ketchup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe variations

Sauce – You can replace the Tabasco with sriracha sauce to make sriracha ketchup. If you want is SUPER hot, try using a habanero hot sauce, or even a ghost pepper sauce.

Spice – Feel free to use chili powder or cayenne pepper. Cayenne is a little spicier so if you like spicy food, I would recommend using cayenne pepper.

Sweetness – If you like a sweeter sauce, you can add a teaspoon of brown sugar.

Ratios – The ingredients can be easily adjusted to taste.

How to serve hot ketchup

This spicy sauce is a great recipe that goes well on a wide variety of things like:

French fry dipping into ketchup.

Will you be trying this “fancy” ketchup? Be sure to let me know in the comments.

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Bowl of ketchup surrounded by french fries.
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Spicy Ketchup

By Heather
picy ketchup is a delicious condiment that can be used in a variety of ways. Spicy and sweet, this hot ketchup is easy to make and adds flavor to any dish.
Prep: 2 minutes
Total: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder can substitute with cayenne pepper


  • Place ketchup in a bowl. Whisk in hot sauce and chili powder until well combined.
  • Serve or store in the refrigerator until ready to use.



Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 2307mg | Potassium: 709mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 1682IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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