Ketchup is one of the most popular and beloved condiments out there. From french fries to burgers, ketchup seems to make everything better.
But some people really take their love of ketchup to the next level, using it on some truly wacky and wild food combinations.
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Read on for 34 of the craziest ketchup food combos that will make you either want to try them immediately or recoil in horror!
01. Ketchup on Eggs
This is a pretty common one, with people putting ketchup on scrambled eggs, fried eggs, and omelets. The sweet and tangy ketchup complements the fluffy eggs beautifully.
02. Ketchup on Grilled Cheese
The classic sandwich gets an upgrade with the addition of some ketchup for dipping. The cheese and ketchup are a match made in flavor heaven.
03. Ketchup on Hot Dogs
Another no-brainer here, but ketchup absolutely takes a hot dog to the next level. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried ketchup, mustard, and relish all on the same dog!
04. Ketchup on Mac and Cheese
Ketchup can add a tangy zip to boring boxed mac and cheese. It works especially well with extra cheesy homemade versions!
05. Ketchup on Pizza
While this may seem sacrilegious to pizza purists, plenty of people love adding ketchup to their pizza slices. The sweet and acidic ketchup balances out the cheese beautifully.
06. Ketchup on Steak
Using ketchup as steak sauce may elicit some raised eyebrows, but it can provide a nice sweet, tomatoey flavor to steak when you’ve run out of A1.
07. Ketchup on Potatoes
French fries are just the beginning. Baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, hash browns, tater tots…ketchup improves them all!
08. Ketchup on Burgers
Burgers and ketchup are a match made in heaven. Whether it’s drizzled on or used as a dip, ketchup is a must for any burger.
09. Ketchup on Chicken Nuggets
Chicken nuggets are already delicious, but ketchup takes them to flavor town. Dunk those nuggets in ketchup or use it as a dipping sauce.
10. Ketchup on Grilled Chicken
The tangy sweetness of ketchup offers the perfect contrast to juicy grilled chicken. An easy upgrade for boring chicken.
11. Ketchup on Turkey
Ketchup can spice up leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. Or use it as a dip for turkey tenders and nuggets.
12. Ketchup on Roast Beef
Tender roast beef gets even better with ketchup on top or on the side for dipping. Especially tasty on roast beef sandwiches.
13. Ketchup on Meatloaf
The classic comfort food of meatloaf deserves the classic condiment of ketchup. Mix some in the meatloaf or spread it on top.
14. Ketchup on Hot Wings
If Buffalo sauce is too spicy for you, replace it with ketchup for sweet and tangy hot wings.
15. Ketchup on Tacos
Heat up your ground beef or chicken tacos with a few squirts of ketchup mixed in or on top.
16. Ketchup on Chili
Add a teaspoon or two of ketchup to your pot of chili to enhance the flavor. It brings out the tomatoes and spices perfectly.
17. Ketchup on Scrambled Tofu
Give plain scrambled tofu a flavor punch with ketchup stirred in or served on the side.
18. Ketchup on Veggie Burgers
Slather ketchup on your veggie burger to make them more juicy and flavorful.
19. Ketchup on Grilled Vegetables
Drizzle ketchup over grilled veggies like zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, etc. The sweet and tangy flavor pairs well with the char.
20. Ketchup on French Toast
Wake up your taste buds by dunking french toast in ketchup or drizzling it on top. The ketchup cuts through the richness perfectly.
21. Ketchup on Pancakes and Waffles
In place of syrup, try ketchup for a change of pace on your breakfast pancakes or waffles.
22. Ketchup on Bagels and English Muffins
Spread ketchup on your toasted bagel or English muffin in place of cream cheese or butter.
23. Ketchup on Donuts
Dip your donut in ketchup for a sweet and tangy treat. Glazed, jelly, or cake donuts all work well.
24. Ketchup on Ice Cream
Drizzle ketchup on vanilla ice cream for an unusual but tasty flavor combo. The hot and cold contrast is fun too.
25. Ketchup on Popcorn
Instead of butter, shake up your popcorn with ketchup. Way better than you’d expect!
26. Ketchup on Chips
Put away the salsa and try ketchup with your tortilla chips instead. Also works great with potato chips.
27. Ketchup on Nachos
Forget the cheese sauce. Pile on the ketchup to take your nachos to a tastier level.
28. Ketchup on Apples
Apples dipped in ketchup offer a fun twist on caramel apples without the stickiness.
29. Ketchup on Oranges
Squirt ketchup on orange slices for a sweet and tangy vitamin C boost.
30. Ketchup on Watermelon
Ketchup complements refreshing watermelon surprisingly well. Simply squirt and enjoy.
31. Ketchup on Pickles
Up the tang factor of dill pickles by dipping them in ketchup. Sweet, sour, and salty all at once.
32. Ketchup on Green Beans
Roast some green beans and drizzle with ketchup for an easy vegetable side.
33. Ketchup on Cucumbers
Fresh cucumber slices or sticks get an upgrade when paired with ketchup.
34. Ketchup on Cottage Cheese
Mix ketchup into cottage cheese for a creamy, tangy twist on the diet staple.
So there you have it – 34 crazy ways to enjoy ketchup beyond the basic fries and burgers! What’s your favorite bizarre ketchup food combination? Don’t knock it til you try it… you may just find a new go-to meal.
Let your ketchup flag fly and get creative with this versatile condiment. Ketchup really does go great on everything!