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Tomato Gravy Recipe

Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions to learn how to make our Tomato Gravy, just like Mama made back in the day. Printable recipe included.

Tomato Gravy is perfect for breakfast. Just pour it over some homemade Buttermilk biscuits and dig in.

My friend Joyce, whom I met at the auctions I used to attend several years back, recently gave me 2 quarts of tomatoes she and her son-in-law had canned. They put up a large number of jars of tomatoes this year, and I was very grateful that she was willing to share a couple of quarts with me.

I knew right away that I wanted to make this Tomato Gravy recipe with them. Joyce and I talked about how she use to make tomato gravy and how my mother made it. We both like it with a bit of sugar in it.

Tomato Gravy is very easy to make. It’s great if you have home canned tomatoes, but you can also make it with store bought canned tomatoes if you prefer. Both will taste great. Smile.

I had fried up a couple of pieces of country ham in my cast iron skillet, and just made the gravy in the same skillet. My homemade biscuits were just about ready to come out of the oven. I’d highly suggest you try my Mama’s Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe to go with your Tomato Gravy.

Mama made Tomato Gravy during my younger days. It was a treat to pour that warm gravy over some of her biscuits to enjoy for breakfast in the morning. Yes, those were the good old days as they say.

Some bacon grease will help add some great flavor to your gravy. And, the little bit of sugar doesn’t make them sweet, but it adds to the flavor of the gravy as well. Mama always added a bit of sugar to most of the dishes she cooked.

Ready to give our recipe a try? Alright then, let’s head on out to the kitchen, and… Let’s Get Cooking!

Tomato Gravy Recipe – You’ll need these ingredients.

I’m blessed to have this quart of home canned tomatoes that my friend Joyce gave me a few weeks back. You can easily use the store bought crushed tomatoes in the can if you can’t get any homemade.

Place a skillet over Medium heat on your stove top. Add 2 Tablespoons of Bacon grease to the skillet.

I had just fried some country ham in this skillet so that’s what the red looking bits are in the pan. I added the bacon grease right in the skillet once I had removed the ham. Extra flavor. Smile.

Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of Flour over the bacon grease.

Stir the flour and the bacon grease together and let this cook until the flour starts to brown. Probably will only take a minute or two.

Add the tomatoes and the liquid.

If you’re using store bought tomatoes, I’d suggest a 28oz can of crushed tomatoes. You want some pieces of tomato in the gravy. You could also use whole tomatoes and chop them up a bit as they cook.

Add 2 teaspoons of sugar.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of Salt.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of Black Pepper.

Stir everything together and let it simmer and thicken. This will take about 5 minutes at the most.


Pour the warm tomato gravy over a couple of split homemade biscuits and enjoy.

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