Published Apr 4th
Prep 30m Cook 4h Additional - Ready In 4h 30m
Servings 8 servings Calories 642.5

A Rhode Island exclusive. Kind of like a Sloppy Joe but far superior. Spicy enough to earn it’s name, it’s best washed down with a good beer. For you non Rhodey people, torpedo rolls are just the long sandwich rolls.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 (1/4 inch x 3 inch) strip red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 8 torpedo rolls, split

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the green pepper, red pepper, yellow onion and red onion to the skillet, and cook until meat is evenly browned and vegetables are tender. Drain excess grease from the pan.
  2. 2 Transfer the mixture to a slow cooker, and stir in tomato paste, water and red pepper flakes. Cover, and cook at the Low setting for at least 4 hours. I usually let it go for 12. The longer it simmers, the spicier it gets! Spoon into torpedo rolls and serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 642.5
  • Carbohydrate 80.7 g
  • Cholesterol 69 mg
  • Fat 20.5 g
  • Fiber 6.5 g
  • Protein 32.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 6.9 g
  • Sodium 1160.3 mg
  • Sugar 12.1 g


  1. I've been making and eating "dynamites" for decades and what I know for sure is that there are as many recipes for these as there are for meatloaf! Some use tomato paste or sauce or crushed tomatoes. Some add chopped celery fresh parsley and/or garlic. This recipe is fine and will give decent results but - Read more ...
  2. Can't compare this to the true Rhode Island dynamite sandwich taste since I've never had one but my son described this one pretty good "A very well done sloppy Joe". I followed everything as directed except halved the recipe (I did add a whole red pepper cut into chunks thinking that is probably what the - Read more ...
  3. Great for parties. The longer it cooks the better it is. I add fresh Parsley basil also. Childhood staple in my home growing up.
  4. I'm from R.I. now in texas and My daughter makes this and everyone loves them.Making a pot right now They are the best and deserve the name DYNAMITES!!!
  5. I want to rate this recipe higher because dynamites are so freakin awesome. But unfortunately this recipe is a start but as-is does not make a great batch of dynamites. Here are the changes you need: After browning your meat add a large red bell pepper (not one strip) and 2 large green bell peppers - Read more ...
  6. For more flavor I added about 4 cups of chopped celery (at least 1/2 inch chunks) one can of tomato paste with equal parts water one 15 ounce can tomato sauce and large can of whole tomatoes. My mother-in-law makes this and usually serves it on hot dog or hamburger rolls. I've even served it - Read more ...
  7. i follow driections and my family loved it.will be making again i like to add hot sauce seperately
  8. I can't believe I made this! I was stupid enough to make something that had only two reviews. My DH and 3 teen sons poured BBQ sauce on to try to give it some flavor. Sorry to be so negative but please make ANYTHING besides this!
  9. I am from little Rhody. And this is a recipe that brings me back to my childhood. I remember carnivals they always had the dynamite stands. They go quick and now it is a family favorite. You can make them as mild or as spicy as you like according to your taste buds. My grandmom - Read more ...