Hottest Pepper in the World

We grow the hottest peppers in the world, but which one is the ‘Hottest Pepper in the World’ is a bit confusing.

Next Hottest Pepper in the World?

Hottest Pepper in the World
Hottest Pepper in the World

Guinness World Records considers the Carolina Reaper to be the hottest pepper in the world.  The Chili Pepper Institute of the New Mexico State University lists the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the hottest pepper in the world.  Although CPI has not tested the Carolina Reaper, one has to wonder why the testing has not taken place.

Still others believe the hottest pepper in the world is the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T variety.  That certainly seems to be the thinking in Australia where the Chili Factory continues to believe it will again take the crown. And then there are the up and coming.

Two of those up and coming peppers are the Chocolate Bhutlah and the Fatalii Gourmet Jigsaw.  But remember, every ChiliHead who grows his own peppers has hopes of creating the next ‘hottest pepper in the world’.  We think the best thing to do is to decide for yourself.

Up and Coming Peppers

Chocolate Bhutlah – .Guestimated at over 2,000,000 SHU

Fatalii Gourmet Jigsaw – Many believe it is in the running, but time will tell.  It certainly has a lot of heat, but doesn’t seem to cause the violent reaction that the Chocolate Bhutlah does.

Hot and Super Hot Peppers

Birds Eye – 100,000 – 225,000

Borg 9 (Bubblegum x Naga)

  • Chocolate

Carolina Reaper  1,474,000 – 2,200,00 SHU

  • Red (original) Carolina Reaper
  • Chocolate Carolina Reaper
  • Yellow Carolina Reaper

Devil’s Brain


  • Chocolate – 300,000 – 425,000 SHU
  • Caribbean Red – 300,000 – 475,000 SHU
  • Caribbean Orange
  • Red Savina – 200,000 -577,000 SHU
  • White – 100,000 – 350,000 SHU

Infinity Chili – 1,176,182

Trinidad Scorpion Peppers


Trinidad 7 Pot


Dorset Naga

Gibralta – 1,086,844 SHU

Naga Morich – 1,000,000 – 1,500,000 SHU

Naglah – 1,000,000 SHU

Ghost Pepper* – 800,000 – 1,000,000 SHU   

  • Red (original) Ghost Pepper
  • Chocolate Ghost Pepper
  • Peach Ghost Pepper
  • White Ghost Pepper
  • Yellow Ghost Pepper

Jay’s Ghost Scorpion Pepper

  • Peach Jay’s Ghost Scorpion Pepper
  • Red Jay’s Ghost Scorpion Pepper

Bahamian Goat Pepper – 600,000 SHU

Devil’s Tongue Yellow (original strain)
Devil’s Tongue Chocolate
Devil’s Tongue Red – 125,000 – 500,000 SHU

Devil’s Brain


  • Yellow Fatalii (original)
  • Chocolate Fatalii
  • Red Fatalii
  • White Fatalii

Peter Pepper

  • Red Peter Pepper (original)
  • Yellow Peter Pepper

Scotch Bonnet – 100,000 – 350,000 SHU

Star of Turkey

Venezuelan Tiger Pepper

 Our own Creations

Our homestead has participated in seed saving and trading for almost a decade now.  During that course, most of what we have aimed to accomplish is to refine the heirloom seeds we have grown.  Each year, we select the best of our harvest for seed saving.  It is a way of life.  A form of sustainable agriculture almost foreign to the modern world of Monsanto and other huge seed producers.

We haven’t thought to list any of them in our online efforts because with one exception, none are tremendously unique or particularly hot.  Even our “Homestead Habanaro” is fairly mild by today’s ChiliHead standards.  But that does not mean we do not have something in the works.

Although I doubt this pepper will ever hold a title like hottest pepper in the world, it is pretty damn hot.  So for now, we will be calling it the P.D.H. pepper.  Stay tuned.