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Old-Fashioned Tomato Gravy

My mother-in-law gave me this tomato gravy recipe. It's her very favorite breakfast. We—my husband, our two sons and I—also enjoy it for a light supper. Especially on a cold day, it's great with warm peach cobbler or bread pudding. —Laurie Fisher, Greeley, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 8 hot biscuits, split


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 2 tablespoons in pan.
    Add onion to drippings; cook and stir over medium-high heat until tender, 3-5 minutes. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until blended; cook and stir over low heat until mixture is golden brown (do not burn). Gradually whisk in tomato juice. Stir in tomatoes. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in bacon. Serve over biscuits.
Nutrition Facts
1 biscuit with 1/2 cup gravy: 291 calories, 16g fat (8g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 1059mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • Austin
    Mar 11, 2018

    I grew up calling this poor man's Gravy as I child I didn't realize how very little we had. My dad made this for us when mom was gone. This was my favorite breakfast especially over toast!Mom's was bologna gravy over toast, which I still crave.!!!

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Oct 11, 2017

    I added some tomato paste and a little sugar. Served over catfish patties, WOW!

  • Pampitts
    Mar 17, 2016

    I haven't tried it yet. But I think this is the way my Mother use to make it. I can't wait to fix it??

  • Guitargirl1
    Aug 19, 2014

    I grew up eating this. My momma would cook cubed steak, make the gravy...and place steak back in the gravy to let simmer until everything else was ready. It is one of those gravies that is simply wonderful with hot biscuits...which is a meal all by its self. I found this particular gravy to be excellent during our tomato season in the south...we do love our "mators". Thanks for posting this recipe. It's sure worth sharing with others!

  • Elaine_K
    Nov 3, 2012

    I've always loved tomato gravy...but mine was just a very basic butter, flour and canned tomato version. This one kicks it up with the bacon and onion, which I'd never thought of and compliments it for what normally use it for: over Mac 'n Cheese or Salmon Cakes. Great, easy comfort food. Thanks!

  • Darlene Crosby
    Sep 29, 2012

    I have missed those mornings with Mother's tomato gravy simmering on the stove in a large cast iron skillet, but I never had her recipe. Googled it and wound up here. Imagine my surprise and joy to see my mother's recipe posted by my daughter-in-law, Laurie! I HAVE to give it 5 stars... rich tomato and bacon flavor, and no, it wasn't sweet at all. Perfect!

  • wilsonia
    Aug 22, 2012

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  • Joanna_Walters
    Apr 21, 2012

    I have been trying to duplicate tomato gravy that my neighbor made for me once years ago. She would not give me the recipe. This is close, but I need to make it sweeter and a little lighter in color, texture is almost there. Was great for a first go around. Thanks for posting it!

  • go2opry
    Dec 6, 2008

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