Tomato Gravy Recipe

| November 1, 2020 | 4 Comments

Tomato Gravy

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


Tomato Gravy, slider.

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, ingredients.
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.


Tomato Gravy, add bacon grease.
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.


Tomato Gravy, add flour.
Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of Flour over the bacon grease.


Tomato Gravy, stir and cook.
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.


Tomato Gravy, add tomatoes.
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.


Tomato Gravy, add sugar.
Add 2 teaspoons of sugar.


Tomato Gravy, add-salt.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of Salt.


Tomato Gravy, add black pepper.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of Black Pepper.


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


Tomato Gravy, enjoy.

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


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Tomato Gravy Recipe

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American, Southern


Tomato Gravy is great served over homemade Buttermilk biscuits. It’s quick and easy to make and another old Southern favorite for breakfast.



2 Tablespoons of Bacon Grease
2 Tablespoons of Flour
1 28oz can of Crushed Tomatoes, or homemade canned tomatoes if you have them.
2 teaspoons Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper


Place a skillet over Medium heat on your stove top.
Add the bacon grease, let melt.
Add the flour.
Stir flour into the bacon grease and let cook 2 minutes until flour begins to brown.
Add the can of tomatoes and liquid.
Add the sugar.
Add the salt.
Add the black pepper.
Stir everything together and let simmer 5 minutes to thicken.
Serve warm over homemade buttermilk biscuits.


Home canned tomatoes are perfect for this recipe like Mama used to make it. But, you can use store bought crushed tomatoes if you need too. It will still taste great. Smile.

Keywords: tomato gravy, old fashioned, southern canned tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, bacon grease, breakfast, quick, easy


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  1. MICHEALS4560 says:

    Thank you!!1

  2. ABBEY9162 says:

    Thank you!!1

  3. Betty Aldred says:

    I am so happy to see this recipe! My Mom always made Tomato gravy with meatloaf and rice. I have never been able to duplicate. I will try this recipe. Thanks so much. Be well

  4. Jennifer says:

    Thank you – I’ve never made Tomato Gravy before but, oddly enough, used to make Tomato and Dumplings using stewed tomatoes with a little water or stock added and a dumpling made with extra parsley. Haven’t thought of that in a long time. Have even made the dumplings using white bread rolled in to about thumbnail sized balls – gosh, that’s been a long time. Appreciate the memory!

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