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 15 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 [2021 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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Watch Rhett & Link from Good Mythical Morning Eat the Moruga Scorpion

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.

More Ghost Pepper Info


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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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497 thoughts on “Top 10 World’s Hottest Peppers

  1. Holly says:

    The best way to eat and appreciate the flavor of Carolina Reaper (in my humble opinion) is with popcorn. The trick is to slice it up and let it sit in oil overnight. Then add it to a popcorn maker (I used one of the little carnival/movie theater style ones). So delish!

  2. Olivia says:

    Wow I might taste a ghost pepper but it might be hot cause that one kid he was wow or should I say he was on fire get it ?? On fire hahahaha

  3. Rip wilder says:

    Very through and informative enjoyed reading it . I am planting the scorpion pepper in my garden this sounds like I’m in for a big surprise . Thank you .

  4. Andrea Insch says:

    Never had a chilli hotter than a supermarket chilli and have just been given 6 chillies and told to take them seriously! I don’t want to go red faced and pass out! Any good advice! or Help greatly appreciated

    • Solomon Stello says:

      Wait at least fifteen minutes after consuming peppers before ingesting ice cream. You can get appendicitis. I’ve nearly had it before and it’s not good. Better yet wait thirty minutes. Milk should be fine with your peppers.

    • Rya says:

      If you tend to eat any sort of chilli or spicy type. Firstly relax and breathe then also eat something like hot chips or peppers . this builds tolerance overtone but mainly have milk and ice cream near you even doughnuts or any other sweet snack to reduce heat if you feel too hot.

  5. P3PP3R says:

    I’ve eaten a punch of straight ghost pepper seeds, scorpion pepper sauce, and the famed Caroline Reaper. So, I can say these peppers are HOT! Although the videos of people eating those peppers are a bit over reacted….

  6. Ramit Vashistha says:

    This is really interesting facts. I love this and I want to learn more about peeper so plese share more about peepers

  7. Olivia Bailey says:

    Yeaaaa, I am sufficiently intimidated by my garden this year. I have Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion, 7 Pot Douglah, ghost pepper, and a bunch of other less hot/not hot peppers (couple types of habanero, scotch bonnet, Hungarian hot wax, serrano, cayenne, jalapeño, pepperoncini, black pearl, 4 colors of bell pepper, and poblano.

    Silly thing is, I don’t tend to eat things much hotter than jalapeño, I just like to garden and make fermented hot sauces like a mad scientist. <3

    Have a lovely day y'all!

    • John Hissom says:

      I have eaten a reaper it hurt for 30 min then my tongue went numb. I find the hotter the pepper the faster my tongue goes numb. Of course a ring of fire followed by a ring of numbness throughout my digestive track followed ending at the end. If you ever eanted an unpleasant way to track the length of your intestines and figure out how long it takes for a pepper to exit your body well take the challenge.

  8. Franz Schlappack says:

    My favorite is so far the Trindiad Morugo Scorpion. Love the fruity tast. Mabe the Reaper is hotter but at last i find there tast isnt same good.

  9. Omar D says:

    I minced Carolina reaper with onions and cabbage, ate it with tacos and I was shitting fire for 3 days, my stomach was hot for 3 days too, be careful this is dangerous stuff

  10. Tom says:

    I’m currently growing carolina reaper and Trinidad scorpion peppers and am looking forward to them! I also have habanero red and orange and mild hungarian wax. This was very informative!

    • Ron V says:

      Nope, extracts don’t count. Pepper X and Dragon’s Breath would be the hottest Peppers if they exist, not extracts. The Komodo Dragon pepper from United Kingdom is equal to the Carolina Reaper. Other wise pepper spray is hotter then the reaper and pure capsaicin is hotter at 15 million. But there’s a catus resin that quite literally makes animals or anyone run in pain after messing with it cause it measures at 16 Billion. But we’re not talking extracts here people. Peppers only in their pepper form.

  11. Karishma B says:

    I eat Carolina Reaper pepper. I would never eat a whole one and I would not recommend eating it by itself. I dice it into tiny pieces and eat it with my mom’s delicious West Indian cooking. I love the taste of it when it’s raw and crashed picked.

    • T love says:

      Spoken like a true connoisseur. I am 54 years old and have not eaten the whole pepper by itself since I was 26. I learned my lesson. I agree with you. Delicious peppers are meant to be enjoyed by eight enhances the experience. Personally, it also cleans me out and keeps me healthy.

  12. John Hissom says:

    I have eaten a reaper it hurt for 30 min then my tongue went numb. I find the hotter the pepper the faster my tongue goes numb. Of course a ring of fire followed by a ring of numbness throughout my digestive track followed ending at the end. If you ever eanted an unpleasant way to track the length of your intestines and figure out how long it takes for a pepper to exit your body well take the challenge.