Since the 1980s ketchup chips have been one of Canada’s favourite chip flavours. While the origin of these much loved, finger-staining chips remains unclear, there’s no denying their uniquely appealing aroma and ketchup-ish flavour.

And if ketchup makes a good flavour for chips, you can bet it makes a great seasoning for many more delicious snacks.

Learn how to make your favourite chip flavouring at home and go wild with this delicious, buttery topping. Add it to popcorn, roasted potatoes, parsnips, even squash for a sweet taste of nostalgia, minus the artificial flavours and colours.

Ketchup Chip Seasoning

Ketchup Chip Snack Seasoning

Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Makes: About 1/4 cup of seasoning

Ingredients
2 Tbsp butter or coconut oil
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp tomato paste
4 tsp white vinegar
½ tsp smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp garlic powder
12 cups air-popped popcorn (about 1/3 cup kernels)

Ketchup Chip Seasoning

1. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, smoked paprika, salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Cook, whisking constantly, until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.

2. In large bowl, toss popcorn with tomato mixture to coat. Spread coated popcorn on large parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet.

3. Bake in 300°F oven, stirring once, until coating is dry to the touch, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool on pan for 10 minutes to crisp.

Ketchup Chip Seasoning Popcorn