The New Mex Big Jim chili pepper was introduced by New Mexico State University in the 1970s as a cross between local chilies and a Peruvian chili.
Scoville Heat Units: 2,500-3,000 SHU
This giant chili pepper was introduced by New Mexico State University in the 1970s as a cross between a few different types of local chilies and a Peruvian chili.
They measure 10-12” and mature to red, but are usually harvested and used when green. The peppers have actually been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest chile ever grown.
How Hot is the Big Jim Chili Pepper?
Big Jim chili peppers are about as hot as a milder jalapeno pepper, so you'll get a bit of heat, but not very much, depending on your heat tolerance and preference.
Cooking with New Mex Big Jim Peppers
The New Mex Big Jim has a mildly spicy flavor and is great for chiles rellenos because of its size.
They could also be used in salsa or on salads, or the red ones could be dried to make beautiful ristras. They’re also great for roasting, pickling or just about anything else you can think of.
What is the meaning of “NuMex”?
"NuMex" means New Mexico. The NuMex Big Jim is a hybrid developed by the Chile Pepper Institute (New Mexico University), created from New Mexican peppers and a Peruvian pepper. "NuMex" is used by the university for naming such hybrids.
Learn more about Hatch Chile varieties below.