Jalafuego Hot Pepper

Hybrid. A large, strong plant, Jalafuego produces loads of extra-long jalapeños. This is the perfect pepper for super-sized poppers, big bowls of salsa, and jalapeño cornbread. Fruit resists cracking and gets hotter the longer it stays on the plant. Plants have excellent disease resistance and may need staking once they’re loaded down with fruit.

Resistant to bacterial leaf spot and potato virus.

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available at your local stores, as we select and sell varieties best suited to the growing conditions in each region.

Organic varieties are only available at retailers.

  • Light Full sun
  • Fruit size 3½ to 4 inches long
  • Matures 70 days after planting
  • Plant spacing 18 to 24 inches apart
  • Plant size 24 to 30 inches tall
  • Scoville heat units 4,000 to 6,000 (medium)

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
Nutrition Information

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.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup sliced raw jalapeño peppers:
  • Calories: 27
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Dietary fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Vitamin A: 14% DV
  • Vitamin C: 66%
  • Vitamin K: 11%
  • Thiamin: 9%
  • Vitamin B6: 23%
  • Folate: 11%
  • Manganese: 11%
  • Potassium: 6%
  • Copper: 6%

Nutritional Information

The hot little jalapeño is packed with vitamins A, C, K, B6 and a long list of important minerals. Of course the heat of the jalapeño may keep you from eating too much of this nutrient-filled vegetable, but even a little provides a lot of capsaicin. This is the natural compound in the ribs and seeds of hot peppers that provides the burn and has been found to be an excellent anti-inflammatory agent as well as a help in burning fat and in preventing sinus problems.