Hottest Chili Peppers

Not for the faint of heart, these chilis are the hottest around. From the hottest chili pepper in the world to the spiciest ones that require gloves, these paint peeling, eye tearing fruits pack a punch.

7-Pot Chili Pepper

Origin: Trinidad

Color: Red

Use: Hot enough to heat 7 pots of stew and is also used in Trinidad for military grade tear gas and marine paint.

Scoville: Over 1 million

Hot Fact:  These peppers may be fruity and nutty in flavor, but you still must wear gloves when handling them.

African Birds Eye/African Devil

Origin: Africa

Color: Red or purple

Use: pepper extract or organic pest control. Great in soups, stews, hot sauces, chicken dishes.

Scoville: 175,000

Hot Fact: This pepper is originally known as Peri-Peri or Pilli-Pilli, which translates to pepper pepper in Swahili, the place where it originated. The British renamed it the African Birds Eye.

Bhut Jolokia Chili Peppers (Ghost Pepper)

Origin: Northern India

Color: Orange

Use: Sauce, anything you would use a habanero. Popular in Indian cooking and a way to beat summer heat and heal stomach pain.

Scoville: Over 1 Million

Hot Fact:  Farmers in India will put this on the outskirts of their land to keep from predators.

Carolina Reaper

Origin: South Carolina, USA

Color: Red

Use: Pepper spray and hot sauces

Scoville: 2,200,000

Hot Fact: Touching this pepper without protection can cause severe burns. It currently ranks as the hottest pepper in the world.

Datil Chili Peppers

Origin: St. Augustine, FL

Color: Yellow-orange

Use: hot sauces

Scoville: 100,00 – 300,000

Hot Fact: These peppers are so popular in St. Augustine, they have a datil pepper cookoff and festival every year.

Devils Tongue Chili Peppers

Origin: Pennsylvania

Color: Yellow

Use: sauces and spices

Scoville: 125,000 – 325,000

Hot Fact: Handle with care if you don’t know how to cure a chili burn! If you don’t wear gloves, you’ll face the consequences.

Dorset Naga Chili Pepper

Origin: Dorset, England

Color: Green to Red

Use:  Spice, sauce

Scoville: 1 million to 1.5 million

Hot Fact: This chili was used to make the world’s hottest curry, the “Bollywood Burner.”

Fatalii Chili Peppers

Origin: Central and Southern Africa

Color: Yellow

Use: powder or frozen

Scoville – 125,000 to 325,000

Hot Fact: On average, this can grow up to 2 feet long.

Habanero Chili Pepper

Origin: La Habana, Cuba

Color: Green to Yellow-Orange to Red

Use: hot sauces, puree, frozen, dried, smoked

Scoville: 100,000 – 350,000

Hot Fact: The habanero pepper is the hottest raw edible chile in the world.

Madame Jennette Pepper

Origin: Suriname, South America

Color: Yellow

Use: Surinamise dishes, Indan Sambal

Scoville: 225,000

Hot Fact: This pepper can be red or yellow, long or short. Regardless of it’s various forms, one thing is for sure: it is not for the faint of heart.

Naga Viper

Origin: England

Color: Red

Use: This is so hot, it used to peel paint.

Scoville: 1,382,118

Hot Fact: This was the word’s hottest chili in 2011.

Red Savina Habanero Chili Peppers

Origin: United States

Color: Orange-red

Use: to be used for pepper spray, chili powder, hot sauces

Scoville: 200,000 – 580,000

Hot Fact: This pepper held the record for the hottest chili pepper in the world from 1994 until 2006.

Scotch Bonnet Chili Peppers

Origin: Caribbean, Guyana, Maldives

Color: Yellow

Use: Jerk dishes like pork and chicken. Also in Grenadian, Trinidadian, Jamaican, Barbadian, Guyanese, Surinamese, Haitian, and Caymanian cuisine

Scoville: 100,000 – 350,000

Hot Fact: This pepper is a close cousin to the habanero pepper. Both sweet and tangy, they can add some spice to any meal.

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

Origin: New Mexico

Color:  Red-Orange

Use: Hot sauce products

Scoville: 2,009,231

Hot Fact: This was a pepper said to be the hottest in the world in 2012.