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.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
8 servings


  • 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


  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. 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 (per serving)

643 Calories
21g Fat
81g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 643
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 1160mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 81g 29%
Dietary Fiber 7g 23%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 35mg 174%
Calcium 223mg 17%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 956mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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