Sarah Hazelwood

Cooking with ketchup: recipes tried and tested

To celebrate the launch of Homeserve’s new online magazine, Ketchup, we’ve decided to give you some food-spiration, using – you’ve guessed it – ketchup.

Whether you’re crafting the perfect bacon sarnie or munching on a massive plate of chips, a squirt of ketchup can add a dash of deliciousness to your meal. But did you know that ketchup can also be used as a key ingredient for a range of scrumptious recipes?

We’re probably better at boiler cover than we are at recipe development so we enlisted the help of some expert food bloggers to whip up some of these dishes in their own kitchens. These include everything from sweet and sour chicken to BBQ pulled pork. Keep an eye on the #KetchupCreations hashtag on Twitter to see the results.

Fancy trying out a ketchup recipe yourself? Then why not cook up a storm with our Ketchup and Chilli Con Carne recipe? It’s filling, tasty and the perfect winter comfort food.

Ketchup and Chilli Con Carne


1 large onion (chopped)

1 red pepper (chopped)

500 grams minced beef

400 grams chopped tomatoes (Tin of)

410 grams red kidney beans (Tin of)

2 tbsp olive oil

300ml beef stock

1 tbsp mild chilli powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp paprika

2 tbsp tomato ketchup

1 pinch chilli flakes

1 large bunch of coriander leaves (chopped)

Salt and pepper to season

To serve:

Plain boiled rice

Soured cream


  1. Gently heat the oil in a large pan. After 1-2 minutes, add the onions. Stir on a low heat until soft and translucent. Add the chopped pepper and continue to stir until all the vegetables have softened.

  2. Add 500 grams of minced beef and increase the heat of the pan. Break up the mince as much as possible with a wooden spoon. Stir well for about five minutes.

  3. Once the mince is thoroughly browned, add the chopped tomatoes, beef stock, chilli powder, cumin, paprika, chilli flakes and tomato ketchup. Season well.

  4. Cover the pan with a lid and bring to a simmer. Stir occasionally to ensure that the sauce doesn’t catch on the pan. If this does happen, add some more water to the sauce. Cook on a low heat for about an hour until the chilli thickens.

  5. Add the kidney beans and cook for 10 more minutes.

  6. Sprinkle on the fresh coriander and serve with rice and sour cream.

Do you have a yummy recipe that uses ketchup as an essential ingredient? Let us know by tweeting it to @HomeserveUK using the hashtag #KetchupCreations.