Crispy, crunchy and packed with quite a hit of spice and saltiness, dinamitas or dynamite is a delicious snack that is often found being sold by some street food carts. Served with a side of ketchup or sweet chili sauce, dynamite gets its heat and incredible lip-smacking goodness from long green finger chilies, which have just the right amount of spice for those who like it hot, and serve as a great intro to the spicy side of snacking for those who are just learning to love spicier cuisine. This version comes with plenty of cheddar cheese and ground beef to tame the heat and give it a bit more substance and savoriness, elevating this to a great appetizer or fun party food that’s great with whatever dip you choose to serve it with. Remember to serve these as soon as you’ve fried them so they’re not too greasy, and fry a lot—these will be gone in no time at all!
Looking for a great appetizer to elevate your party or gathering? Dynamite lumpia or dinamitas are must-haves for every party, especially for those who enjoy spicy and crispy food. These crunchy sticks resemble a stick of dynamite with a long fuse, and are made from green finger chilies. Dynamite lumpia are packed with heat, which will make your mouth water and reach for more, and are deep fried to achieve that satisfying crunch as you bite into them.
Eating dynamite lumpia has its own health benefits. Green chilies contain zero calories, and they speed up your metabolism by as much as 50%. Consumption of green chilies also decreases the risk for heart attack and stroke, and reduces blood cholesterol. Capsaicin in these green chilies stimulates your mucus membranes, which is helpful during common colds and sinus infections. Green chili used in dynamite lumpia are also filled with vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C, which is great for the maintenance of healthy skin, eyes and immune system, Vitamin K, which decrease the risk of osteoporosis, and other nutrients such as Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, iron, potassium, and copper. The heat from the chili also acts as an effective pain reliever and mood booster, as it releases endorphins when eaten. Green chili also contains antioxidants, which protects the body against free radicals and lowers the possibility of cancer.
This Filipino recipe for dynamite lumpia is very simple and easy to follow. It includes cheese and ground meat for those who prefer their dynamite lumpia on the milder side of spice. However, you may prefer to use other fillings to suit your palate, such as shredded chicken, ham, ground beef, bacon or canned tuna. If you want to increase the heat of your dynamite lumpia, you may also add labuyo peppers into your dynamite lumpia, or using another kind of chili, like habanero peppers. To level up your dynamite lumpia, you can pair it with a variety of dippings, such as banana ketchup, sweet chili sauce, garlic mayonnaise, honey mustard, or spicy vinegar, which are perfect for that panlasang Pinoy. Dynamite lumpia is best eaten immediately so they don’t become too greasy, and is usually enjoyed with a glass of beer or soda.
- 10-15 pcs finger chili peppers (siling haba)
- ½ lb ground pork
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup green onion
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 10-15 pcs spring roll (lumpia) wrappers
- cooking oil, for frying
- In a mixing bowl, combine ground pork, salt, pepper, garlic, and green onion. Mix well then set aside.
- Using a small knife, make a slit across 1 side of each chili pepper to remove seeds and pith.
- Gently stuff each chili pepper with the pork mixture.
- Wrap each stuffed chili pepper with the lumpia wrapper. (You may cut the wrapper so the stem and tip of the chili pepper are exposed). Roll tightly and seal the seam with a dab of water. Repeat this step until all the ingredients are consumed.
- Heat about 1 inch deep of cooking oil in a pan. Fry the dynamite lumpia until the wrapper turns golden brown. (Do not overcrowd the pan. Cook by batch).
- Remove from the pan then drain excess oil.
- Serve with vinegar dip or mayo ketchup dip. Enjoy your dynamite lumpia!