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New hot peppers like Carolina Reaper, Dragon’s Breath and Pepper X are created every year. Learn which hot pepper ranks #1 in 2022 as World’s Hottest Pepper
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.
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.
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.
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
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.More Douglah Info
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…More Primo Info
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.
More Butch T Info
The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper burns like you swallowed a 1,000 suns.
Naga 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
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.
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.More Barrackpore Info
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
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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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.
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…
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.
593 thoughts on “Top 10 World’s Hottest Peppers”
My father in law can eat any pepper in the world and not blink an eye unfortunately he’s deceased
That explains why
What about the scotch bonnet?
I believe it was around 50,000 SHU which is well below those that are in the top 10
Scotch bonnet is a regular habanero. With average of 300 000 SHU.
the fuck is Dragon’s Breath
I have 2 plants I over wintered from last year. They were hot enough to make my skin numb. Bred to be a local anesthetic.
Pepper X is real!!!!!!!
HOT HOTTER HOTTEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Where can I purchase all these wonderful Peppers near me in Southern California (Los Angeles South Bay Area) can find them all in one place?
Pretty much… You can find all the Chillis you need quite easily online.
I have ate a Carolina reper and it wasn’t hot
when did you eat a Carolina reaper?
That may happen if not properly grown in the correct environment. I ran into this when I first grew hot peppers in high school. I had a batch of Hungarian Wax peppers some came out hot others not so much and sweet.
You have a great command of the English language:
I have ATE?
MUST CONGRATULATE YOU-GREAT LEVEL OF CRUELTY. YOU WIN!!!
Just because you are a Carolina reaper doesn’t mean it was grown properly. When people grow peppers not in a controlled environment the level of heat will come out all over the board. That means if I just grow Carolina reaper peppers and habaneros in my back yard, the habaneros could come out hotter if I do it wrong.
My grandfather called his pepper sauce ” The Essence of Hell” and it was HOT!
Did you know my sister ate a Carolina reaper JELLY BEAN and had to drink milk and have ice in her mouth for 30 min? Also, my brother drank ghost pepper sauce and started DYING! It was fun.
I had a Carolina Reaper Jelly bean, but I didn’t know it was. Somebody said “Hey, here’s a jelly bean.” They give this dark red jelly bean. I eat it I start to cry because of how hot it was. Also this was during the first hour of school. So I had to wait 7-8 hours before I could have any milk with it.
I have eaten Carolina reapers for the last three years and still can only eat a pinch at a time that paper is hot
I eat reapers like cherry tomatoes. My tolerance is crazy. I eat peppers every day.
They are very good for you. They also increase your tolerance for uncomfortable foods. Good for you!
So far the green bell pepper is my hottest. Working my way up the the Reaper, then the X pepper.
I’ve eaten Catalina reaper god it was hot
What about the Komodo dragon chili. Maybe not as hot as a Carolina reaper but definitely hotter than a lot of the others on the list
I am extremely happy to have found this site. Looking forward to purchasing these seeds, and cultivate some varieties
Going to put the seed sampler and powder sampler on my Christmas wish list?
What about the Aussie brain killer?
is it austrailan?? wondering because you said Aussie.
You mean oz brain killers
Never heard of it
I grew some ghost peppers this summer and made ghost pepper hot sauce from a recipe on the web. I did not remove the seeds and that was a mistake. Very, very hot but great taste. Excellent to use to personalize dips and wings for the family.
I like the ghost peppers they not only have eat but a nice after flavor. I use them in my chili recipe.
I am surprised that the Nepal and Sikkimese ‘dalle’ or ‘akhbarey’ has been missed out here. This one is often called the ‘fireball’ for it’s furnace yet flavourful characteristics.
Fireball sounds delicious.
I can’t wait to see dragons breath and pepper X to come onto the market. I don’t eat hot peppers but I want to grow them.
I just cultivated my first couple dragons breaths. I cannot tell you if it’s hotter than a reaper but my God it’s a rough one to get through.
I love hot pepper’s is there just thing as pepper-x
I can eat a Habanero pepper and never break out in a sweat .I had my first taste of hot stuff in the 50’s . In Mexico. Never stop.I am 77’s old. I drink shot’s of hot sauce once in a while.
oh my gosh me too lol. them damn bell peppers..
I’m Ben Botes from Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. I would like to order chille seeds from you. How do I go about it?
I don’t eat really hot peppers but this site was quite interesting!!
Ben, can order chillies/seeds from Geoff Little (owner of Westville chilli farm)
I believe all this list is still a joke without a mention of the African tiny pepper (called ‘ata wẹ́wẹ́’ in Yoruba). It’s so hot that it can make a person run mad! Until you factor that into this rating, you are joking.
Ata Wewe is Thai chilli peppers and it’s around 100,000 on the Scoville scale. It’s very far from even the last pepper on the list.
You’re stupid, it’s not even half as hot as the #10 pepper on list by SHU.
Those who are verbally aggressive/abusive have been found to lack intellectual soundness. Do you know “ata wẹ́wẹ́”? And what in God’s name would warrant you labelling someone you don’t know as stupid?
Don’t say dumb things you won’t be called stupid.
Mmmmmmm where can I get these peppers???