Hot Burrito Hot Pepper

Don’t let the small size fool you—this compact pepper plant produces fruit that packs heat! If you love hot peppers, you’ll love the spicy kick of Hot Burrito. A beautiful edible pepper, it’s also a gorgeous ornamental addition to containers. Its compact size makes it perfect for growing on sunny balconies, patios, porches—and even indoors in a well-lit area! Add a fully ripe Hot Burrito pepper to a bottle of your favorite oil or vinegar to infuse it with flavor. They’re delicious fresh or in recipes, or add them to skewers for grilling. Peppers become hotter as they mature, with a Scoville rating of 3,000-6,000.

Part of our Harvest Select line, available only at The Home Depot!

Light                           Full sun

Fruit size                    4 inches long

Matures                     70 to 75 days

Spacing                     12 to 16 inches apart

Plant size                  18 to 24 inches

Scoville rating           3,000 to 6,000 tall

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page.

At a glance

Light requirements: Full sun.

Planting: Space 12 to 48 inches apart, depending on type. (See information above for specific recommendations.)

Soil requirements: Peppers need well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Amend soil with 3 to 5 inches of compost or other organic matter prior to planting. Soil pH should be 6.2 to 7.0.

Water requirements: Keep soil consistently moist throughout the growing season. Mulch soil to reduce water evaporation.

Frost-fighting plan: Pepper is a hot-weather crop. A light frost will damage plants (28º F to 32º F), and temps below 55º F slow growth and cause leaves to look yellowish. If a surprise late spring frost is in the forecast, protect newly planted seedlings with a frost blanket.

Common issues: Plants drop flowers when daytime temps soar above 90º F. Few pests bother peppers, but keep an eye out for aphids, slugs, pill bugs, and leafminers. Humid weather (especially in gardens with heavy soil that doesn’t drain well) can invite fungal diseases like leafspot.

Harvesting: Check image on plant tag (or at the top of this page) to learn what your pepper looks like when mature. Some peppers turn red, yellow, or other colors at maturity. Others are ready in the green stage, but will turn red if left on plants. Use pruning shears or a sharp knife to cut peppers with a short stub of stem attached. Pulling peppers by hand can cause entire branches to break off. Fruits store longer for fresh use if you don’t remove the stem, which can create an open wound that’s ripe for spoiling.

Storage: Store unwashed (or washed and dried) peppers in the refrigerator in a loosely closed plastic bag. Moisture is a pepper’s enemy and hastens spoiling. For peak flavor and nutrition, use within a week.

For more information, visit the Peppers page in our How to Grow section.