Being credited with creating the world’s next hottest pepper is a big deal and comes with fame in the chile community. Many growers are continually working on creating the next world record holder.

If you have official documents from a lab that has tested your latest hybrid pepper at a higher Scoville ranking than any of the peppers below, please feel free to send me the lab results and I will update the list.

There are so many, maybe too many, super-hot hybrids so official testing results are the only way to make sure. Scoville testing of any pepper is actually fairly easy and inexpensive.

Want to know how to get your peppers tested? Check out how easy it is here.

For the time being, the following are currently the hottest peppers in the world.


#1 – Pepper X  2,693,000 SHU

It’s finally official! As of August 2023, Guinness World Records recognized Pepper X as the world’s hottest pepper, rating at an average of 2,693,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Pepper X’s sizzling Scoville score was calculated by Winthrop University in South Carolina, which conducted tests using specimens from the past four years.

#2 – The Carolina Reaper  2,200,000 SHU

From August 2013 – 2023, Guinness World Records stated that Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper® was officially the world’s hottest chile pepper. Originally named the “HP22BNH7”, this pepper is bred by cultivator Ed Currie, who runs PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

#3 – Trinidad Moruga Scorpion  2,000,000 SHU

The New Mexico State University’s Chili Pepper Institute identified the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the newest, hottest chili pepper in the world as of February 2012. The current world record holder is the Pepper X. However the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion wasn’t certified as the hottest pepper by the Guinness Book of World Records.

#4 – 7 POT DOUGLAH  1,853,936 SHU

From Trinidad. It’s said that one pod will spice seven pots of stew, hence the name. It is a rare and extremely hot chili. The Douglah is characterized by a dark brown or deep purple skin with many “pimples” over the surface. The pepper starts out green and matures to the dark color unique to the Douglah.

#5 – 7 Pot Primo 1,473,480 SHU

Created by Troy Primeaux, (nickname:  Primo), a horticulturist from Louisiana. He began crossing the Naga Morich and Trinidad 7 Pot seeds around 2005 and has since grown them out for eight generations. The 7 Pot Primo can get very lumpy and distorted and even grow a skinny little tail. Like other 7 Pots it has a fruity-to-floral flavor and is extremely hot. Orange and yellow varieties of this pepper have also been seen.

#6 – Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”  1,463,700 SHU

Propagated by Butch Taylor of Zydeco Hot Sauce and grown by the Chilli Factory, the Trinidad Scorpion ‘Butch T’ variety pepper was formerly ranked as the hottest pepper in the world.

It lost that title to the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as of February 2012.

#7 – Komodo Dragon 1,400,000 SHU

The latest variation on the 7 Pot pepper is the Komodo Dragon. Grown by the UK’s largest producer of chillies, Salvatore Genovese. In 2012 he gave us the Bedfordshire Super Naga.

Salvatore has a seven-acre farm in Blunham, Bedfordshire where he spends his time trying to create even hotter varieties. “It’s the really hot ones that gain the most interest and so each year I try and grow one hotter than the last” said Genovese.

#8 – Naga Viper 1,382,118 SHU

The Naga Viper was created in England by chilli farmer Gerald Fowler of The Chilli Pepper Company, based in Cark, Cumbria.

It was briefly the “World’s Hottest Chilli” in 2011 according to the Guinness World Records.

It is an unstable three-way hybrid produced from the Naga Morich, the Bhut Jolokia and the Trinidad Scorpion.

#9 – 7 Pot Brain Strain 1,350,000 SHU

This variety is not a hybrid (which is created by crossing varieties). Instead, it was developed using selective breeding by saving pods from plants that would produce certain desired traits.

In 2010 David Capiello, a well known grower and chile hobbyist from North Carolina, obtained 7 Pot seeds from another grower in Trinidad.

This chili pepper is believed to be closely rated to the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.

#10 – 7 Pot Barrackpore 1,300,000 SHU

This 7 Pot variety comes from the region of Barrackpore on the Caribbean Island of Trinidad.

The Trinidad 7 Pot Barrackpore has an elongated pod structure sometimes similar to the Bhut Jolokia. 7 Pot Barrackpore bears somewhat larger and more wrinkled pods as compared to the regular 7 Pot.

Some think this chile is the missing link between the 7 Pot and the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper).

It has a nice fruity flavor like other 7 Pots and is a heavy producer.

#11 – 7 Pot Jonah 1,200,000 SHU

The 7 Pot Jonah is a larger plant that produces larger and rounder Trinidad 7 Pot strain pods. It also has a fruitier flavor than the standard 7 Pot and with that, higher heat.

7 Pot Jonah can get larger than a golfball and weigh up to a half ounce. The peppers mature from light green to red.

The surface of pods are pimply and lumpy with some even growing little Scorpion tails.

#12 – 7 Pot Infinity 1,176,182 SHU

The Infinity Chilli pepper is a chili pepper created in England by chili breeder Nick Woods of Fire Foods, Grantham, Lincolnshire.

It held the World Record for the world’s hottest chili pepper for two weeks in 2011; before it was ousted by the Naga Viper chili.