In Rhode Island, "Dynamite" Means a Sandwich - A Made From RI Recipe

In Rhode Island, "Dynamite" Means a Sandwich - A Made From RI Recipe

Posted by Keith R Wahl, Made From RI on Oct 18th 2019

In Rhode Island, "Dynamite" is a sandwich (said for the uninitiated and those who question the term in scanning the Internet). It's the type of sandwich that fills the body and warms the soul. It's absolutely the type of sandwich that is perfect for a cool evening or weekend (or a weekend of sports or tailgating). There is nothing neat about this Rhode Island based morsel save for it's taste. 


Dynamite Recipe: Prep Time, 30 Min., Cook Time 4 Hours (more if you like)


  • 2 pounds ground beef (recommend 85% Lean)
  • 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
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more if you are adventurous)
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 8 grinder rolls, split (this is from Rhode Island after all, but submarine rolls for the rest of the world)


  • 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.
  • 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. The longer it cooks, the more "Dynamite" or spicy it will be! Scoop into grinder rolls and serve.

This one is hearty with about 643 calories; 20.5 g fat; 81g carbohydrates; 32.9 g protein; 69 mg cholesterol;1160 mg sodium.

This particular version is actually adapted from something that was served in a small stand that my own mother was part of when she was in nursing school and somewhat beyond (the stand was owned by her parents). The stand was actually in Uxbridge, MA and they made "Dynamites" to appeal to the workers from Woonsocket, RI who were building Route 146. The stand eventually grew into a restaurant, motor lodge, farm, golf driving range and even an airfield while my mother was a long term nurse/ teacher at Roger Williams Hospital in Providence, RI. 

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