Medium to Hot  Chili Peppers

Want to kick it up a notch? If Medium peppers didn’t make your mouth burn, how about these? While still not off the charts, these peppers are not for those with sensitive taste buds.

Aji Amarillo Chili Pepper

Origin: Peru

Color: Yellow

Use: Condiment, ingredient in cooking.

Scoville: 30,00 – 50,000

Hot Fact: This “summer pepper” is used in Peruvian dishes such as “papa a la huancaina,” which is potatoes with a spicy cheese sauce.

Aji Chile Pepper

Origin: Peru

Color: Yellow

Use: Variety of dishes and condiments

Scoville: 1,177 – 75,000

Hot Fact: These peppers are also generally known as the Peruvian hot pepper.

Bird’s Eye Chili Peppers

Origin: Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand

Color: Red, yellow, purple, black.

Use: Pasta, soup, sauces, dips.

Scoville: 50,000- 100,000

Hot Fact: The Bird’s Eye Chili was the original chili used in sriracha sauce.

Bishop’s Crown Chili Pepper

Origin: South America

Color:  Green to Red

Use: Salsas and salads, dried, pickled

Scoville: 5,000-30,000

Hot Fact: This unique pepper is also referred to as a “joker’s hat” due to it’s odd shape and three sides.

Bolivian Rainbow Chili Pepper

Origin: Bolivia

Color: Purple, yellow, orange, red.

Use: Salads, salsa, dried, pickled

Scoville: 30,000 – 50,000

Hot Fact: Though their color gives off a friendly,fruity feel – beware! They pack a surprising punch yet add a delicious touch to salsas sauces.

Cayenne Pepper

Origin: Cayenne, New Guinea

Color: Red

Use: Salt and pepper alternative, fresh, powdered

Scoville: 30,000 -50,000

Hot Fact: This pepper’s name comes from the French city of Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana.

Charleston Hot

Origin: Charleston, South Carolina

Color: Green to Yellow to Red

Use: Any sauce or dish you would typically use cayenne with but want extra heat.

Scoville: 70,000 – 100,000

Hot Fact: This pepper gets its name due to being created by the United States Department of Agriculture in Charleston, South Carolina.

Chile De Arbol

Origin: Mexico

Color: Red

Use: When these peppers are dried they are used to make ristas. Also used in any dish that requires heat like chili, salsa, and hot sauces.

Scoville: 15,000-30,000

Hot Fact: These peppers are also referred to “pico de pajaro” (bird beak) due to their shape as well as a “cola de rata” due to it’s resemblance to a rat tail.


Origin: Northern Mexico and Southern Texas

Color: Red

Use: Dried and crushed, used in soups, stews, and bean dishes.

Scoville: 50,000-100,000

Hot Fact: Chiltepin is the only chili that naturally originates from the United States.

Dundicut Peppers

Origin: Pakistan

Color: Dark Red

Use: These small peppers will add heat to any dish you want to make!

Scoville: 55,000 – 65, 000

Hot Fact: The dundicut pepper is the national pepper of Pakistan

Guntur Sannam Chili Peppers

Origin: Andhra Pradesh, India

Color: Red

Use: Condiment, culinary supplement, vegetable.

Scoville: 35, 000 – 40,000

Hot Fact: In India, this is a cash crop for those in Guntur, Warangal, and Khammam.

Peter Peppers

Origin: Texas and Louisiana

Color: Red

Use: Salsa

Scoville: 5,000 – 30,000

Hot Fact: These peppers are considered very rare throughout the world and are known for their unique shape.

Rocoto Chili Peppers

Origin: South America

Color: Red

Use: Stuffed, soups, sauces

Scoville: 30,000 – 100,000

Hot Fact: These peppers have dark brown to black seeds unlike any other pepper.

Serrano Chili Pepper

Origin: Puebla and Hildago Mexico

Color: Red, Brown, Green, Orange, Yellow

Use:  Salsa, sauce, relish, garnish.

Scoville – 5,000- 23,000

Hot Fact: This pepper originates in the mountains of Mexico.

Tobasco Chili Pepper

Origin: Mexico

Color: Yellow – Red – Orange

Use: Used to make a very famous hot sauce. Maybe you’ve heard of it.

Scoville: 30,000 – 50,000

Hot Fact: In it’s early years, tobasco sauce, derived from the tobasco pepper, was distributed in cologne bottles.

Thai Chili Pepper

Origin: Thailand

Color: Red

Use: Curries, relish, pastes, steamed

Scoville: 50,000 – 100,000

Hot Fact: Sririacha sauce was originally made from the Bird’s Eye pepper, then the Thai Chili pepper, now it is made from Red Serrano peppers!