Top 10 World's Hottest Peppers

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The world’s hottest pepper is constantly changing, evolving almost.

It seems every year a new pepper is either created or discovered so check back often to see new record breaking peppers!

PepperHead® has the most up-to-date list of the World’s Hottest Peppers.

Here at PepperHead® we have been growing these “super hots” for over 20 years and have grown and eaten every pepper on this list.

We are dedicated to providing you spicy lovers with the ability to grow all of these insanely spicy peppers in your own backyards.

Without further ado, here is our Top 10 Hottest Pepper List.

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Top 10 Hottest Peppers In The World [2022 Update]

SHU = Scoville Heat Unit (A measure of Spiciness)
Pepper Scoville Scale displayed as Peak SHU Values

SHU is a way of quantifying how spicy a pepper is by measuring the concentration of capsaicinoids. Capsaicin is the chemical responsible for the spicy sensation within a pepper.

1. Carolina Reaper 2,200,000 SHU

The previous world champion, Carolina Reaper has been beat!  by itself… The Carolina Reaper is once again officially the Worlds Hottest Pepper.

Originally ranked as world’s hottest in 2013, the Reaper was tested again in 2018 with an even higher SHU. (71,000 SHU higher to be exact) This gives the reaper a renewed title as World’s Hottest!

It was bred for heat and that it is, with an average SHU of 1,641,000 SHU and peaks at 2.2 Million SHU!

Let’s put the scoville rating into perspective for you:

The Carolina Reaper pepper is 200x hotter than a Jalapeno #WorldsHottestPepper

Just looking at the pictures above, you know its one mean pepper. The Carolina Reaper has a unique stinger tail that is unlike any other pepper and every pod is different!

It gets this insane heat from being a cross between a Ghost Pepper and a Red Habanero. Oddly enough this pepper doesn’t just have heat, but excellent fruity flavor to boot. Well, that is before it melts your face off.

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You can now buy the reaper as powder, live plants or seeds so you can grow your own plant and try for yourself.

2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion 2,009,231 SHU

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper

Straight from the depths of hell the Trinidad Scorpion Moruga Blend, AKA Moruga Scorpion, is a rare sought after pepper that was only just recently discovered.

Native to the lands of Moruga in Trinidad and Tobago. Once you take a bite of this formidable pepper the heat never stops building.

This pepper may be lacking the Reaper’s stinger, but don’t let that fool you. The Moruga Scorpion is every bit as hot as The Carolina Reaper.

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3. 7 Pot Douglah 1,853,936 SHU

7 Pot Douglah Pepper

Well renown in the pepper community as one of the hottest peppers with the best flavor.

The 7 Pot Douglah is the hottest pepper you can find that isn’t red.

The hottest “superhot” peppers are traditionally red, but the Douglah defies the odds by being brown AND scortching hot.

You can’t go wrong with fresh, dried, or powdered Douglah on any food.

Also known as 7 Pod Douglah, Chocolate 7 Pod or the 7 Pot Brown.

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4. 7 Pot Primo 1,469,000 SHU

7 Pot Primo The 7 Pot Primo is very distinctive with its long skinny “tail”.

This pepper was created by horticulturist Troy Primeaux.

Some peppers cultivators have tried to replicate the Primo look by breeding their own peppers to have a long stinger.

When you just look at this pepper, you know it’s going to be INSANELY hot. It coincidentally looks strikingly similar to The Carolina Reaper…

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5. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” 1,463,700 SHU

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T

The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T is a previous Guinness World Record Holder (2011) from Australia.

No doubt it’s insanely hot, but other peppers have been proven to be hotter.

It’s aptly named due to the scorpion stinger found at the tip of the pepper and also the creator, Butch Taylor.

The burn from this pepper is unlike any other.

The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper burns like you swallowed a 1,000 suns.

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6. Naga Viper 1,349,000 SHU

Naga ViperNaga Viper is an extremely rare pepper cultivated in the UK. Hybrid of many different peppers and years of cross pollination created this variety of “Super HOT” pepper.

It was never fully stabilized before being released so pod variation is expected.

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7. Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia) 1,041,427 SHU

Ghost Pepper The Ghost Pepper is the most famous “Super Hot” due to the amount of press it has received in the past.

It exploded in popularity on YouTube and other social sites where pepperheads ate whole Ghost Peppers as part of a challenge.

This is the first pepper to scientifically test over 1 million scovilles.

Many mistakenly believe the Ghost Pepper is still the World’s Hottest pepper, this list shows it is far from it.

This isn’t 2007. If you have friends that still think the Ghost Pepper is the hottest pepper, share this page with them.

However, don’t be fooled by how low this is on the list as it can still bring a grown man to his knees.

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8. 7 Pot Barrackpore ~1,000,000 SHU

7 Pot Barrackpore

The 7 Pot Barrackpore is one of the hottest of the 7 Pot peppers.

This one is from the Town of Chaguanas in Trinidad and Tobago.

Many of these “super hots” come from this region.

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9. 7 Pot Red (Giant) ~1,000,000 SHU

7 Pot Red The 7 pots were named after their ability to heat up 7 pots of stew and that it does! There are 100’s of varieties created from crossing this breed with other peppers. Some varieties include 7 Pot Jonah, 7 Pot Yellow, 7 Pot Katie, 7 Pot Barrackpore and countless others.

More 7 Pot Info

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10. Red Savina Habanero 500,000 SHU

Red Savina Habanero

Back in the early years of super hots, the Red Savina Habanero was KING!

It held the title of the World’s Hottest Pepper from 1994 to 2006. 12 Years!

The Red Savina has since been dethroned and many peppers have passed it in heat, but still to this day it is one of my favorite peppers to grow because it has the perfect balance of heat and flavor..

The Red Savina just barely makes the Top 10, but does so in fashion with its great flavor and extreme heat.

More Red Savina Info

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Honorable Mentions

Lets talk about some upcoming hybrid peppers that show promise. These two hot peppers will be added to the list once their validity has been confirmed.

Dragon’s Breath 2,483,584 SHU

There have been recent reports of a Dragon’s Breath pepper claiming to be hotter than the Carolina Reaper.

Preliminary testing of the Dragon’s Breath pepper pegs it at 2,483,584 SHU which would blow the Carolina Reaper out of the water.

It could be a publicity stunt in which the “news” websites ate up, even claiming Dragon’s Breath could kill you. Technically a pencil can kill you too…

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Pepper X

Pepper X is another pepper claiming to be TWICE as hot as the Carolina Reaper has surfaced, but this might have more merit. Very limited information is know about Pepper X as the creator has kept it under wraps.

Pepper X

However, we will have to wait and see if Pepper X is real before adding to our Top 10 list.

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566 thoughts on “Top 10 World’s Hottest Peppers

  1. jeff says:

    I ate a whole carolina reaper at school once, i was 11, and i was completely fine 20 mins later. Until the stomach pains started and thise lasted like 2 hours, but honestly it was kind of disappointing. I hope i get the chance to eat a pepper X

  2. Jeff says:

    I have eaten many peppers that most claim to be the hottest peppers in the world and I’ve yet to find one that is to hot for me including the Carolina reaper I love peppers and my whole family think I’m crazy and say I have an iron guy lol anyways peppers are awesome

  3. Asrar Ahmed says:

    I have tried the Naga chilli… It’s decent heat not “blow your head off” heat. I have found African Birdseye chilli to feel hotter on the tongue. The naga is hot but it builds and you feel it more in your stomach, which for me takes away from the enjoyment of the chili. I have a somali recipe hot sauce called basbas which uses African birdseye, and that makes me cry and get high. The naga on the other hand does not have the same impact. It’s overhyped.

  4. Geoff Horsfield says:

    I’ve been a Pepperhead ever since my Nicaraguan wife caught me growing cannabis 30 years ago. Wish I had been introduced to you guys and gals earlier, but want to join your Club. Send me emails so I don’t forget. I can share some pretty cool photos as well.

  5. Miko says:

    Hot peppers diced super fine and fried up slow & low w/onion, garlic, EVO and a little lemon pepper are a most versatile addition to any dish you want to KICK. My landlord is a master gardener, and so generous. I go a-pickin’ … reapers, scorpions, habaneros, dragons… and make a golden brown fry mix I sprinkle on anything from eggs to veg burgers to pasta. DEADLY heat, and waaaaay tastier than ANY hot sauce I ever had. And I tried many. #freshrules, #fryemifyagotem

  6. Miko says:

    Please please please don’t encourage folks to eat a reaper to get a free T-shirt. While there MAY be some indiv’s who can do this without any lasting harm, most of us, even those of us who love super hot foods and eat them every day, CANNOT eat a raw whole Carolina Reaper pepper. Doing this actually may cause lasting, even lifelong, gastrointestinal damage and distress. Fellow pepperheads, I love all this stuff. But PLEASE DO NOT eat raw peppers of that SCH strength. It is not good for your body. It is not a wise thing to do.

  7. Paul Jones says:

    Hi I live in Tunisia North Africa harrisa is dip with any meal from breakfast to dinner.
    2021 I started to make my own harrisa from the reaper beautiful as a side dish with olive oil tuna and Tabuna bread

  8. Domenikos Theotokopoulos says:

    You are wrong. The picture you are showing a a Carolina reaper is actually a muraga Trinidad scorpion. You need to get your peppers straight. Misclassification on your part. Pretty embarrassing!!

  9. Mike says:

    Sorry but nothing on this list counts because each pepper is a genetically engineered hybridized miscegenated pepper.

    NOTHING on this list is found in nature.

  10. Likeablizzard says:

    Just had some sliced bits from a Carolina reaper on lunch. It’s a slow burn that last a long time it gets hotter and sneaks up on you. But more flavorful than the ghost pepper

    Tried the ghost pepper last week. Less flavor than the reaper but it punches hard right when you bite into it and buns for a short while.

    I’ve been having heartburn and diarrhea for up to 3 days after eating these peppers l


    Visiting this site for the first time. Finding out if African Birds Eye chilli is grown by your company and how is it rated?
    Some of us adorn gardens with colourful chillies. Do you do germination testing and guarantee your chilli cultivars? Some of us in KZN province enjoy very hot chillies thus can we be assured that your chillies are hotter than any in South Africa? Lastly, how many seeds are you advertising for $60 (US), thus seeds per the pack?

  12. Rachel Friesen says:

    so the hottest pepper in the world is the Carolina reaper I thought it would be the ghost pepper because it is so hot how hot is the Carolina reaper achuley

  13. Rachel Friesen says:

    my dad sells the Carolina reaper at our fruit stand in Canada just saying that pepper is soo very hot to touch and to taste.

  14. Elijah says:

    My brother ate almost every other pepper ️ that there is and he never knew about pepper X but yeah he wants to try the Carolina reaper!

  15. Rachel Friesen says:

    the fruit season is done for this year already and I think next year we are going to sell fruit again and we did not get Carolina reaper peppers because my uncle Fred and aunt Lisa sold them all at their fruit stand in fort snt jhon because people really like that pepper.