The world’s hottest pepper is constantly changing, evolving almost. It seems every year a new pepper is either discovered or created so come back to check this list often! PepperHead® has the most up-to-date list of the World’s Hottest Peppers. Here at PepperHead® we have been growing “superhots” as they are called for over 15 years and have personally 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
Top Ten Hottest Peppers In The World [2018 Update]
SHU = Scoville Heat Unit (A measure of Spiciness)
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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 as ranked by Guinness Records.
Originally ranked as world’s hottest in November of 2013, the Reaper was tested again in April, 2018 with an even higher SHU (71,000 SHU higher to be exact) giving it 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 or 20x hotter than a habanero. tweet
Just looking at it, you know its one mean pepper. The Carolina Reaper has a unique stinger tail that is unlike any other pepper. It gets this insane heat from being a cross between a Pakastani Naga 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.Read More
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2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion 2,009,231 SHU
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.Read More
Watch Rhett & Link from Good Mythical Morning Eat the Moruga Scorpion
3. 7 Pot Douglah 1,853,936 SHU
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.Read More
4. 7 Pot Primo 1,469,000 SHU
Created by horticulturist, Troy Primeaux, and some recent peppers cultivators have tried to replicate this look because the tail is just terrifying.
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…Read More
5. Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” 1,463,700 SHU
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. tweet
6. Naga Viper 1,349,000 SHU
It was never fully stabilized before being released so pod variation is expected.Read More
7. Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) 1,041,427 SHU
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. tweet
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.Read More
Kid swallows ghost pepper, instantly regrets it.
8. 7 Pot Barrackpore ~1,000,000 SHU
This one is from the Town of Chaguanas in Trinidad and Tobago.
Many of these “super hots” come from this region.Read More
9. 7 Pot Red (Giant) ~1,000,000 SHURead More
10. Red Savina Habanero 500,000 SHU
The Red Savina has since been dethroned and many peppers have passed it in heat.
The Red Savina just barely makes the Top 10, but does so in fashion with its great flavor and extreme heat.Read More
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
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. tweet
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…
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
However, we will have to wait and see if Pepper X is real before adding to our Top 10 list.
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