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How to Make Dynamite: A Filipino-Inspired Finger Food

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Learn how to make dynamite, a popular finger food.

Learn how to make dynamite, a popular finger food.

Dynamite is a famous Filipino finger food, or pulutan. "Pulutan" is a general term that describes any snack that is served with alcoholic drinks during parties such as birthdays, christenings, holidays, and other events.

Dynamite is a deseeded green long chili that's stuffed with a cheese and meat mixture and wrapped in a spring roll wrapper. It is then slowly deep-fried. It has a balance of savory, salty, and spicy flavors. Let me show you the simple way to make this delicious snack.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

45 min

30 min

1 hour 15 min

40 pieces


For the Filling:

  • 1/4 kilogram lean ground pork
  • 1 medium carrot, minced
  • 3 small onions, minced
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, minced
  • Water, as needed
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Cooking oil, for sauteeing

For the Dynamite:

  • 40 egg roll wrappers
  • 40 long green chilies, deseeded
  • Block of cheese (any kind), cut into strips
  • Water, to seal the wrapper
  • Cooking oil, for frying


For Preparation:

  • preparation bowl
  • plates
  • measuring spoon
  • ordinary metal spoon
  • knife
  • chopping board

For Cooking:

  • saute pan
  • cooking spoon
  • frying pan
  • tongs


  1. Cook the dynamite meat mixture. First, saute the onion. Add the meat and cook until browned.
  2. Add water as needed. Cook the meat until tender. Add the carrots, followed by the mushrooms.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and let it cook.
  4. Once cooked, set aside and allow to cool down.
  5. Wash the long green chilies. Make a slit on one side of each chili. Scrape out the seeds. Repeat with the remaining chilies. Set aside.
  6. On a plate, lay out a single egg roll wrapper. Place one long green chili at the left center of the wrapper.
  7. Insert strips of cheese inside the chili. Scoop at least two teaspoons of meat mixture inside the chili.
  8. Fold the egg roll wrapper from the bottom to the center once. Then fold it from the right side to the center. From there, start rolling it.
  9. Seal the top part of the wrapper with water.
  10. Repeat steps 6 to 9.
  11. Once all of the dynamite wrappers have been rolled, set up the frying pan.
  12. Heat up enough oil to deep-fry the dynamite.
  13. Fry each piece until golden brown. Drain excess oil.
  14. Serve with your favorite sauce.
A mouthwatering plate of dynamite (left) and lumpiang shanghai (right).

A mouthwatering plate of dynamite (left) and lumpiang shanghai (right).

Tips and Techniques

  • Use any seasonings available.
  • As an alternative, use ground chicken or beef.
  • You may add other vegetables, as well.
  • Do not use quick-melt cheese as it may react to heat faster.
  • Replace the egg roll wrapper with any kind of wrapper, such as a spring roll wrapper.
  • Serve dynamite with your favorite sauce, such as aioli, tartar, or cocktail sauce.
  • Make use of gloves when removing the chili seeds to avoid the burning sensation.
  • Do not remove the pepper pith to retain the spiciness of the chili.

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