Are you someone who likes to turn up the heat a bit with your food? I sure am. I am one of those types of people who likes to have the fire department on standby when I eat a bowl of chili.
The spiciness of a pepper is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). SHU is measured based on the concentration capsaicin found in the pepper. Capsaicin is a chemical that makes the pepper feel “hot” to the taste and gives that burning sensation that spicy food lovers crave. A jalapeno pepper is typically around 5,000 SHU but there are hotter variants of the pepper that are over 100,000 SHU.
If jalapenos or crushed red peppers aren’t quite cutting it for you and you want to expand your spicy arsenal, you should check out these flaming hot peppers.
9. Red Savina Habanero - 500,000 SHU
The Red Savina was considered the hottest pepper in the world for a long time. This is a good entry-level super-hot pepper as it is known for its great flavor as well as its heat.
8. 7 Pot Barrackpore - 1,000,000 SHU
The “7 Pot” variants of peppers are usually the hottest version of the pepper. The 7 pot name comes from the fact that they are hot enough to spice up seven pots of stew.
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7. Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia) - 1,041,427 SHU
The Ghost Pepper is probably the most famous super-hot pepper. It is often mistakenly called the hottest pepper in the world but there are a few peppers hotter than the ghost pepper.
6. Naga Viper - 1,349,000 SHU
The Naga Viper is a fairly rare type of pepper. It is known more for its extreme spiciness rather than its flavor.
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5. “Butch T” Trinidad Scorpion - 1,463,700 SHU
The “Butch T” variant of the Trinidad scorpion is a very hot pepper. Many of the world’s hottest peppers like the Trinidad scorpion are from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
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4. 7 Pot Primo - 1,469,000 SHU
The 7 Pot Primo was created by pepper horticulturist Troy Primeaux. Its pointed tail makes it look that much more scary.
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3. 7 Pot Douglah - 1,853,936 SHU
The 7 Pot Douglah is a rare superhot pepper because it is brown rather than the usual red. It is also known to have one of the best flavors of all superhot peppers.
2. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion - 2,009,231 SHU
The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion even sounds scary. It is over two million SHU so you can only imagine how hot this pepper is.
1. Carolina Reaper - 2,200,000 SHU
Here it is. The hottest pepper in the world. The Carolina Reaper pepper even has a stinger like point, making it look like you are about to eat a wrinkly red wasp. The Carolina Reaper is known to actually have a good flavor, despite its extreme heat.