The Top 10 Hottest Peppers in the World

For the adventurous at heart (or adventurous at taste), nothing compares to the adrenaline rush of a perfectly grown, beautifully prepared pepper. In addition to gracing some of our favorite dishes, hot peppers can improve circulation, increase metabolic rate, and boost dopamine. Of course, when it comes to crowning the hottest pepper on earth, every corner of the globe seems to have something special to offer, which is why we’ve taken the liberty of seeking out the 10 hottest peppers in the world.

The “heat” of peppers is determined using the Scoville scale or Scoville heat units (SHU), which measures the degree of dilution you would need to no longer taste the spice. For some context, Tabasco (at its spiciest) comes in at about 5000 SHU. Also, note that spiciness can vary from pepper to pepper depending on factors like size. Whether you’re looking for your next culinary challenge or a list of extremely spicy foods to steer clear of, keep reading to learn more about the 10 hottest peppers in the world.