No this isn’t the type of gravy train that makes you rich in dollars, but it is a recipe that makes its own rich gravy while it’s cooking. Back in the 1970’s Gaines had several commercials that boasted dog food that made its own gravy. Here’s the link to one of those commercials GRAVY TRAIN.
When our kids were small they used to love this dog food commercial. One night I made this recipe and frankly I don’t remember the real name for it. The kids were fascinated that the beef and soup ingredients made its own gravy and nicknamed it gravy train. That’s what this recipe has been referred to in our house ever since.
Truly this is not a dog food recipe, just the right combination of ingredients to make an easy, tasty meal for human consumption (and dogs might enjoy the leftovers if they partake in human food). It’s nice because it uses a lower-cost beef which is economical, however, cooking low and slow is best to break down the meat molecules and tenderize it. Serve over rice, noodles, mashed potatoes, or a plateful of vegetables.
Great use for stew beef or lower-priced cuts of meat.
This is one of those “dump and run” kind of recipes. Dump all ingredients into the crockpot and run errands, or run the vacuum cleaner, or run the lawnmower, or go for a run in the park. It’s a “fix it and forget it” until dinner type of recipe.
And it makes its own gravy – hence the name gravy train.