13 of the Hottest Peppers in the World

Spice lovers are found all over the world. To satisfy their cravings, many different types of peppers are grown around the world. Food experts chasing spiciness are always on the hunt to discover chili peppers that are capable of blowing the taste buds away due to their flaming hot flavor. 

In this article, we have rounded up the 13 hottest peppers in the world, as of 2021.

It is important to mention here that the universal unit to measure the spiciness of these peppers or any other type of spicy foods is Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) 

Now, without any further delay, let’s get into it! 

Carolina Reaper

With a record high of 2.2 million SHU, Carolina Reaper is the hottest pepper in the world. According to a survey, it is 200 times hotter than Jalapeño, which means no one could escape its extreme heat. It does not only contain extreme spiciness but also has a fruity flavor, which further adds to its popularity among spice lovers. Beware, its mind-blowing spiciness could melt your taste buds off. It is used to make Reaper Squeezins, which is one of the spiciest sauces in the world.

Moruga Scorpion

Named after a village located in a coastal region of Trinidad in the West Indies, Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is considered among the spiciest chilies in the world by food experts. It contains heat equivalent to more than 2 million Scoville heat units. This pepper is very rare and it was discovered in recent years. Even if you take only one bite of Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, the heat keeps building up and it would be very difficult for you to withstand its monster-level spiciness. 

7 Pot Douglah

7 Pot Douglah currently secures the third position in the list of the hottest peppers in the world. This pepper is called by many different names like 7 Pod Douglah or Chocolate 7 Pod. Many people in the pepper lovers’ community recognize 7 Pot Douglah because of its nice flavor. It is naturally red in color. You can use a very tiny amount of either fresh, dried or powdered Douglah to give your food a twist of extreme hotness. Its spiciness is more than 1.8 million SHU. 

7 Pot Primo 

Being a cross between two extremely spicy peppers: Naga Morich and Trinidad 7 Pot pepper, 7 Pot Primo has a pepperiness measuring around 1.4 million Scoville heat units. The chili is very long and has a skinny tail. By taking one good look at this pepper, you would have an idea that it is going to have a flaming hot flavor. You would be surprised to know that it actually has a sweet and fruity flavor. 

Naga Viper

Naga Viper is one of the hottest peppers in the world. It is found in the UK and is a very rare kind of pepper. With 1.3 million Scoville heat units, it is a mixture of many different pepper species. The flavor of Naga Viper is also fruity and sweet with a little bit of tanginess. It has a slow-burning reaction in your mouth, which allows you to experience its taste. 

Ghost Pepper

The place of origin of this pepper is Northeast India. Ghost Pepper is locally known as bhut jolokia in Hindi. According to a record, Ghost Pepper is 170 times hotter and has a more intense flavor than Tabasco sauce. Its spiciness is equivalent to over 1 million SHUs. The challenge about this chilly pepper made rounds on the internet in which pepper heads and spice lovers made videos while eating whole Ghost peppers. 

Red Savina

When it comes to extreme heat and flavors, Red Savina is bred very carefully, which turns it into an extremely spicy and flavorful pepper. It has a pepperiness that is equivalent to around 675,000 Scoville heat units. It has a very distinct and unique fiery taste. As the name suggests, the color of this spicy mutation of habanero is dark red, which is adored by pepper heads. 


Habanero is actually the name of a South American pepper. It is an extremely hot pepper and has a unique, tangy, almost citrus-like flavor. The extra hot kick this pepper is packed with gives you a mind-blowing experience if you are one of the pepper heads or spice lovers. A subtle hint of smoky taste that it offers makes it a very famous ingredient to be used in hot sauces. The hotness of this pepper is packed with measures up to 350,000 Scoville heat units. 

Chocolate Bhutlah

Many people have found Chocolate Bhutlah even hotter than Carolina Reaper, which currently holds the title of the hottest pepper in the world. It has a dark smoky red color and is loaded with an unbearably fiery flavor for many. The dose of heat that this pepper offers is equivalent to around 2,000,000 SHUs. Many people aren’t aware of the fact that Chocolate Bhutlah is a cross between the Douglah and bhut jolokia, the two of the hottest peppers in the world. 

Naga Morich

Naga Morich is another very close relative of Ghost Pepper. Both of these peppers have many similar characteristics. The Naga Morich, which is also known as Dorset Naga is packed with extreme heat measuring up to 1 million Scoville heat units. It delivers nuclear-level hotness that is enough to blow your taste buds away. It has a sweet and slightly smoky flavor with a satisfying hint of tartness. This pepper is mainly grown in Bangladesh and Northeast India. 

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T

Trinidad Scorpion Butch T pepper has the right kick of spiciness to blow your tastebuds off. This is why we have included it in the list of the hottest peppers in the world. It is packed with a lot of intense heat, which is equivalent to 1.2 mullion Scoville heat units on average. It is so hot that even a lot of pepper heads are unable to eat it raw. It has a fruit-like flavor, which gives it a desirable sweet-hot fusion. 

Komodo Dragon

Mearing at around 1.4 million SHUs, Komodo Dragon is undoubtedly one of the spiciest peppers in the world. The flaming hot flavor of this pepper will leave your eyes watery. The name of this pepper is inspired by a punch of extreme fieriness that is experienced by everyone who tastes it. It is as hot as “dragon fire”. Its flavor also contains a strange fruitiness, which is liked by spice lovers and pepper heads. 

7 Pot Brain Strain

Known for its wicked pepperiness, 7 Pot Brain Strain contains an extreme amount of heat measuring up to 1.3 million SHUs. Pepper heads love its slightly smoky and fruity flavor. The pepper has a bumpy and wavy texture that makes it resemble a human brain. Now you know why they call it 7 Pot Brain Strain. Small in size but with an incredibly spicy flavor, it is a chili pepper that originated in North Carolina more than a decade ago. 

There you have it — a detailed round-up of the 13 hottest peppers in the world. Trying any of them is surely going to give you an experience of a lifetime. To keep track of all our latest articles, subscribe to our newsletter. 


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