Worlds Hottest Peppers and Scoville Ratings Chart


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Indeed, what is the worlds hottest Pepper? The world of Chili keeps on growing and the use of chili in food preperation goes back eons in time. Some of the earliest recorded evidence of the use of chili in the diet can be traced back to the early Mayans (c 250 - 900 AD). We all know how Chili is favored in Mexican Cuisine and this should come as no surprise as from as early as the 13th Century the Valley of Mexico formed the heart of the Aztec Civilization. Chili was greatly utilsed to flavour early Aztec cuisine.

Chili featured prominently in the cuisines of all the ancient civilizations of the world such as India, China, Nepal and Egypt to mention but a few. Today in the 21st Century this trend has not changed much as nearly every country in the world "features' a unique and traditional Chili type dish of some sort... some more prominently than others.

I can recall quite clearly when the Red Savina Habanero was first declared as the hottest pepper in the world. Habaneros were not easy to come by back then, but I for one could not wait to get "sampling" on those scorchers. These days they are quite readily available.

This was followed by the Bhut Jolokia Chili which was almost double the Scoville rating of the Savina Habanero. The Bhut Jolokia (ranges from 900 000 - 1 100 000 Scoville Units)

More Recently the Guineas Book Of World Records has apparently certified the Carolina Reaper as the Worlds Hottest Pepper at a whopping 1 539 000 Scoville Units, knocking the Australian Trinidad Scorpion Butch T Chili Pepper from its perch at another whopping 1 463 700 scoville units. I can not even begin to imagine what that would do to one. I wonder - can it even be used for culinary purposes? Seasoned chili addict that I am, it makes my eyes water just thinking about it.

The following is a compilation list of scoville ratings for some of the worlds hottest peppers. I have included a fair sampling of other chili peppers and their ratings because as we well know not all chili lovers actually like super hot chili. There are hundreds of different chili varieties and this is being added to at quite a rapid rate with new hybrids and varieties appearing all the time.

Tip : Please bear in mind when interpreting this chart that scoville ratings can vary substantially, even within the same chili variety

The scoville scale gives a rating in scoville units of the amount of Capsaicin Oil present within a chili. There are many factors though that can influence the concentration of Capsaicin, such as climate, soil type, soil acidity and even the quality of the original seed stock. If we take some of the hottest peppers like a Bhut Jolokia grown in ideal conditions in say India and compare it with the same chili grown say in a colder climate like in Canada, the final capsaicin concentration will probably be substantially different and this will impact on its scoville ratings.

This chart should be merely interpreted as a guide, for the purposes of cooking with Chili. I have taken the liberty of further classifying the chili list as follows:


0 - 2 000 What, you call that a Chili?
2 001 - 6 000 mmm- Not too sure about this one!
6 001 - 30 000 Ok, we have ourselves a chili!
30 001 - 100 000 Wow, pass the yoghurt please
100 001 - 300 000 Ok, I'm Sweating, whooping, burning.. man alive!
300 001 - 800 000 I'm speechless - do I still have lips?
800 001 - 1 000 000 + Heart Attack Material


If you feel that I have erred in not adding some of your favorite hottest peppers or any other chili peppers than are worthy of mentioning then forgive me. If you do know its scoville rating and would like it to be featured in this list then send me a note here and I will add it to the list.

Please note too that this list is sorted alphabetically and that there are duplications in the chart. Where a particular chili is the same but has a different name, it has been listed again for ease of reference. The scoville scale rating however will/should be the same.


The Worlds Hottest Peppers

Aci Sivri Chili 30 000 - 50 000
African Birds Eye Chili 50 000 - 100 000
Aji Amarillo Pepper 30 000 - 50 000
Aji Colorado Pepper 10 000 - 20 000
Aji Dulce Pepper 0 - 100
Aji Mirasol Pepper 800 - 1400
Aji Panca Pepper 500 - 1 000
Aji Pepper 30 000 - 50 000
Aleppo Pepper 10 000 - 23 000
Amarillo Chili 30 000
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50 000
Ancho Chili 1 000 - 1 500
Ancho Amarillo Pepper 30 000 - 50 000
Ancho San Luis Pepper 2 000 - 4 000
Annaheim Pepper 3 500 - 8 000
Bahamian Pepper 95 000 - 110 000
Balloon Pepper 40 000 - 50 000
Banana Pepper 200 - 900
Barrackpore Chili 1 100 000 - 1 200 000
Bell Pepper 0 - 10
Bhut Jolokia Pepper 900 000 - 1 200 000
big Jim Pepper 500 - 1 000
Big Sun Habanero 200 000 - 300 000
Bih Jolokia 900 000 - 1 200 000
Biker Billy Jalapeno 4 000 - 10 000
Birds Eye Chili 100 000 - 175 000
Bishops Crown Chili 30 000 - 50 000
Black Hungarian Pepper 10 000 - 20 000
Bolivian Rainbow Pepper 40 000 - 50 000
Brazilian Starfish pepper 30 000 - 50 000
Byadji Chili 50 000 - 100 000
Californian Pepper 1 000 - 2 500
Cambean Red Pepper 200 000 - 445 000
Caribbean Habanero 250 000 - 350 000
Carolina Cayenne Pepper 100 000 - 125 000
Carolina Reaper *Hottest* 1 200 000 - 1 539 000
Caribbean Red Habanero 300 000 - 400 000
Cascabel Chili 1 500 - 2 500
cayenne Pepper 40 000 - 70 000
Charlestone Hot Pepper 40 000 - 70 000
Cherry Bomb Pepper 2 500 - 5 000
Cherry Pepper 100 - 500
Chi-Chien Pepper 50 000 - 70 000
chichuacle Negro Chili 1 250 - 2 000
Chilaca Pepper 1 000 - 1 500
chilcostle Pepper 3 500 - 5 000
Chile de Arbol 15 000 - 30 000
Chile Gordo Pepper 53 500 - 8 000
Chile Grande Pepper 35 000 - 55 000
Chiletepin Pepper 50 000 - 100 000
Chili Wili Pepper 10 000 - 23 000
China Express Chili 60 000 - 100 000
Chipotle Chili 5 000 - 10 000
Chocolate Pod Chili 1 200 000 - 1 250 000
Chocolate Habanero 250 000 - 350 000
Coronado Pepper 700 - 1 000
Costeno Amarillo Pepper 1 250 - 2 000
Costeno Rojo Pepper 7 000 - 12 000
Cowhorn Chili 350 - 500
Cubanelle Pepper 0 - 50
Cumari Pepper 30 000 - 50 000
Datil Pepper 100 000 - 350 000
Delicious Trinidad 200 - 500
Diablo Grande Pepper 60 000 - 100 000
Dorset Naga Pepper 900 000 - 1 100 000
Espanoia Chili 1 000 - 1 500
False Alarm Pepper 0 - 100
Fatali Pepper 350 000 - 500 000
Fresno Chili 2 500 - 5 000
Georgia Flame Pepper 500 - 1 500
Ghost Chili Pepper 900 000 - 1 100 000
Golden Cayenne Pepper 55 000 - 85 000
Guajilo Pepper 3 500 - 8 000
Guntur Chili 30 000 - 50 000
Habanaga Pepper 600 000 - 800 000
Habanero Chili 100 000 - 350 000
Halabi Pepper 10 000 - 23 000
Hot Banana Pepper 3 000 - 4 000
Huachinango Pepper 3 500 - 8 000
Huasteco Pepper 2 500 - 5 000
Hungarian Wax Pepper 3 500 - 8 000
Inferno Pepper 2 500 - 5 000
Infinity Chili 1 200 000 - 1 250 000
jalapa Pepper 4 000 - 8 000
Jalapeno Pepper 3 500 - 8 000
jamaican Gold Pepper 75 000 - 150 000
Jamaican Hot Pepper 100 000 - 350 000
Japones Chili 15 000 - 30 000
Joe E Parker Pepper 500 - 1 000
Lemon Drop Chili 30 000 - 50 000
Long Slim Cayenne Pepper 35 000 - 45 000
Louisiana Hot Pepper 4 000 - 10 000
Madame Jeanette chili 100 000 - 350 000
Magdalena Pepper 1 000 - 2 500
Malagueta Pepper 50 000 - 100 000
Mesilla Pepper 2 000 - 4 500
Mexi Bell Pepper 100 - 500
Mirasol Pepper 2 500 - 5 000
Mitla Pepper 4 000 - 8 000
Mustard Habanero 200 000 - 300 000
Naga Jolokia 900 000 - 1 100 000
Naga Morich Pepper 900 000 - 1 100 000
naga Viper Pepper 1 250 000 - 1 382 118
Nagabon Chili 500 000 - 800 000
New Mexican Annaheim Pepper 3 500 - 8 000
New Mexican Chili 1 000 - 2 500
New Mexico Pepper 500 - 1000
Orange Habanero 250 000 - 350 000
Padro Pepper 1 000 - 2 500
Pasilla Pepper 1 000 - 1 500
Pasilla Bajio Pepper 100 - 250
Pasilla de Oaxaco Chili 4 000 - 10 000
Penis Pepper 10 000 - 23 000
Pepin Chili 50 000 - 100 000
Peppadew Pepper 1 000 - 1 200
Pepperoncini Chili 100 - 900
Pequin Pepper 50 000 - 100 000
Peri-Peri Chili 50 000 - 100 000
Peruvian Purple Pepper 10 000 - 20 000
Peter Pepper 10 000 - 23 000
Pico de Pajaro Pepper 70 000 - 100 000
Pimento 100 - 900
Poblano Pepper 1 000 - 2 500
Poinsettia Pepper 1 500 - 2 500
Prairie Fire Chili 1 000 - 1 500
Primo Chili 1 100 000 - 1 200 000
Prometheus Springs Pepper 1 000 - 2 500
Pure Capsaicin Oil 15 000 000 - 16 000 000
Puya Pepper 10 000 - 15 000
Red Savina Habanero 350 000 - 580 000
Red Scotch Bonnet Chili 100 000 - 300 000
Rocotillo Pepper 1 500 - 2 500
Rocoto Pepper 100 000 - 350 000
Romanian Hot Pepper 800 - 1 400
Sandia Pepper 5 000 - 7 000
Santaka Chili 2 500 - 8 000
Sante Fe Grande Pepper 500 - 700
Satans Kiss Pepper 30 000 - 50 000
Scotch Bonnet Chili 100 000 - 350 000
Serrano Chili 5 000 - 23 000
Serrano Huasteco Chili 10 000 - 23 000
Serrano Tampequino Pepper 2 500 - 5 000
Sonora Annaheim Pepper 300 - 600
Sweet Banana Pepper 0 - 100
Sweet Common Pepper 0 - 100
Sweet italian Pepper 0 - 100
Szentesi Chili 1 250 - 2 000
tabasco Pepper 30 000 - 50 000
Tabiche Pepper 85 000 - 115 000
Tezpur Chili 855 000 - 1 100 000
Thai Dragon Chili 75 000 - 150 000
Thai Hot Chili 12 000 - 30 000
Thai Chili 50 000 - 100 000
Tricolor variegata Pepper 30 000 - 50 000
Trinidad Scorpion Butch T Pepper - 1 461 700
Volcano Pepper 2 500 - 5 000
Wild Baccatum 30 000 - 50 000
Yellow scotch Bonett Chili 150 000 - 350 000
Yellow Wax Pepper 5 000 - 15 000
Zimbabwe Bird Chili 200 000 - 350 000


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