My favorite way to do this (and I do it a lot!) is to use Midnight Commander ("mc"), the file manager, probably either installed on your system or available for it.
It lets you see what you're dealing with and gives you a dialog box where you can choose to delete recursively or not.
Very, very handy. OK, it amounts to a GUI, but I think there are times when that's better than the command line. Just my preference.