Mom’s Dynamite Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour 20 min.


16 servings

Updated: Sep. 24, 2022
Whenever we had a family get-together and my mom had a lot of people to feed, she'd make her delicious dynamite sandwiches. I am from Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and this is a staple in this area. Dynamites are to Woonsocket what cheesesteaks are to Philadelphia. —Kathy Hewitt, Cranston, Rhode Island


  • 2-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 5 medium green peppers, finely chopped
  • 4 large onions, chopped (6 cups)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1 can (16 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 16 hoagie buns or other sandwich rolls, split


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium-high heat 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain.
  2. Stir in all remaining ingredients except buns. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 1 hour or until desired consistency and flavors are blended, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich: 414 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 1003mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 5g fiber), 24g protein.