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.

More Carolina Reaper Info


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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.

More Moruga Scorpion Info


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.

More Butch T Info

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.

More Naga Viper Info

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


Kid swallows ghost pepper, instantly regrets it.

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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475 thoughts on “Top 10 World’s Hottest Peppers

    • rear says:

      i tried my very first HOTTEST thing in the world such as the Carolina reaper yesterday it was the hottest pepper ever i cried i almost had an heart attack and i will never eat a pepper again as a matter fact my grandma offered a jalapeno today.
      NONONO NONO NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! never

  1. Billy Ray McBride says:

    I bought some carolina reeper seeds and planted them this past spring, all come up and look really good, all are blooming good, BUT, every bloom just falls off, every plant the same. What could be wrong

    • DatOneBoio says:

      So I did a bet with some dudes(classic dumb fratboy) that if I ate the #1 hottest pepper in the world and survived I would be given a PlayStation 5. Guess what, I did it because I wanted to play Minecraft on it. Also guess what, I was burnt so hard that (Minecraft reference alert) I thought I ate a Fire Aspect sword for a second before I passed out…

      • Peggy says:

        How do you pollinate them? I have the same problem with my ghost peppers and habenero’s. Plants are in a greenhouse, get plenty of water and heat, are about 3 ft tall, and are full of flowers that just abort. Very Sad!

  2. ema says:

    Am still looking for a more hotter pepper than all this, i definetly win any competition in the world when it concerns pepper, i started eating these pepper at age of 4 and it some kind of tradtion passing it to next generation , infact my little daughter 2 1/2 eats alot of pepper and she is already adapted to it. I know it sounds weird but its reality , may be we are abnoraml lol… or may be thats what gives us long life in the family. I will love to always share my pepper story and may be write an article about it.
    infact i cannot eat food without pepper

  3. Raymond Arrellanes says:

    Yes i heard of a poblani viper pepper and see it, but did not taste it but I heard of a different type of pepper that posed to be like Carolina pepper but a little bit harder it only grows in the Philippines and the other one grow and Pakistan it’s a hottest chilli and their bracket I’m planning to go up there and pick up a couple seed and peppers so if you guys want some of the Seas is $50 per seed

    • Raymond Arrellanes says:

      I am second champion in the world contest of hottest chili pepper salsa in the world there’s over 1,0000 people taste a lot of peppers it was just one guy from Asia and me pass through all the chili but now I cannot eat the hottest chilli because I have a real bad ulcers we’ll have to be very careful because hottest chilli carry strong acid and it could make a hole in your stomach so you’ll have to be very careful what type of chili you can eat don’t be foolish and try to eat the hottest chilli because it could be dangerous for your health I am a sous chef and I love to cook I can make the hottest salsa in the world but I will not taste it I will test it for you and have a test item project that could tell me how hot is it so you he’ll have a wonderful day if you ask for me I am planning to get the next hottest chilli in the world by growing it stop timer

  4. Stuart says:

    The Dragon’s Breath chilli is very real and very very hot. I mean insanely, ridiculously, beyond human tolerance, hot. No way Carolina Reaper is hotter. No way. It’s gonna really upset the Yankee doodles that they don’t hold the title anymore.

  5. 4rtgy5 says:

    I felt SOO bad for ALL these pepole. Especially the first video. She was NOT able to breath. But NEVER in my life I will NEVER EVER eat a Ghoust Pepper, Pepper X, Naga Viper, or Carolina Reaper. Defidently the Pepper X never in my life will eat. But the Bannana Pepper defidently for me kinda tastes a little sweet. I actaully think that it could be a little bit more spicy than how it already is.

  6. Phalanndwa Nemukongwe says:

    I am interested in planting chilli pepper for farming purposes and would appreciate guidance and market outlets.

  7. Johnny Maddox says:

    That Pepper X is as hot as Mad Dog 357 the hottest sauce in the world coming at 9,000,000 Scoville Hotness Units (SHU)
    Making it as hot as the surface of the sun

  8. robert thompson says:

    definitly hot and long lasting tried for first time today as a as a new tabasco sauce w/ added scorpion pepper. to bad they put too much vinegar as some brands do,i think they r on to a good idea as i only use tabasco on my eggs I happen to like more heat than that, tabasco . it is not an additive heat like curry or habinero, so adding more sauce only results in a more vinegar content. I have grown hot peppers for thiry years always aquiring new varietys as they become available. Last year was ghost,carolina red caribbean, thai dragons,sweet heat,hungarian hot wax,hot portugal,basket of fire,golden cayenne,scotch bonnet,hot italian,purple serrano,various chiles from arond the world and of course some milder ones such as jalapenos and anchos for sauces and nachos.130 plants in all. i bring them to work every year – the basket empties each week quickly. This year I was impressed w/ basket of fire,looks like apointy acorn that turns purple but finishes orange to red{ takes a while for red stage! ] ,also sweet heat, a nice sweet pepper that slowly gets hotter as you go- very much heat in red stage!. Ghost peppers were great ,surprised by the abundance but took a long season to grow.Still,even green they pack a pleasant but serious punch.Next year the nippon taka is on my list as it is a great pepper from japan. Thanks,keep capsaisoning!

  9. james theoret says:

    I love heat but most of these peppers taste like ajax. I like a very hot chilli with a great flavor not taste like a house hold cleaner

    • PepperHead says:

      I hear you James. We are currently growing some white habaneros that fit the bill perfectly. Personally one of my favorite hot peppers. Tons of flavor, hints of cucumber with a little kick at the end! Check back with us soon!

      You can join the waiting list here for Giant White Habanero Seeds

      • Michael and Crysta says:

        Personally the maruga scorpion peppers My husband and I have eaten before had an amazing heat and great flavor. We eat it at least 3-4 days a week. We just ordered some maruga scorpion powder from Pepperhead and it is going to arrive by tomorrow. Would love to see some crushed maruga scorpion as well. Will post a review about our powder once we try it. #chasetheheat #pepperhead

  10. John Lane says:

    I’ll stick to Siling Labuyo here in the Philippines. 80,000-100,000 SHU I just wasn’t brought up on peppers. These little mothas are all I can take.