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14 November 2013

UPDATE: 04/25/2019 – The hottest pepper in the world currently is the Carolina Reaper, measuring up to 2.2 Million Scoville Heat Units.

The Carolina Reaper is The Hottest Chili Pepper in the World

The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized the Carolina Reaper chili pepper as the world’s hottest chili pepper. We have a new record holder! Smokin’ Ed Currie of Puckerbutt Pepper Company, LLC was notified today that it was official.

With a Guinness-submitted 1,569,383 SHU (scoville heat units) average and recently measured peak levels of over 2,200,000 SHU, SMOKIN’ ED’S CAROLINA REAPER® has officially completed its long journey to the top of “super-hot” chili charts.

This is an extremely hot variety developed by a grower named Ed Currie. It is also called HP22B pepper. As of 2013 it is over 7 generations old. Ed created this chili pepper plant variety by crossing a Pakistani Naga with a Red Habanero type from St Vincents Island in the West Indies.

The flavor is fruity and similar to a 7 Pot chili pepper. The Carolina Reaper can grow to a height over 4 feet tall.

Learn More about the Carolina Reaper Here

UPDATE: 2012

Moruga Scorpion – Formerly the Hottest Chili Pepper in the World

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Peppers

We have a new chili pepper heat champion on the block. The 2012 New Mexico Chile Conference, in association with Jim Duffy of Refining Fire Chiles, has announced that the Moruga Scorpion is the hottest chili pepper in the world as of February 2012. This chili pepper has undergone rigorous study and testing in the lab. It clocks in at 2,009,231 Scoville Units.

The previous record holder was the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T, at 1,463,700 Scovilles. More on that below.

Learn more about the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Chili Pepper


The world’s hottest chili pepper since 2011, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the “Trinidad Scorpion Butch T” chili pepper.

The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T has been rated at 1,463,700 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), according to recent tests. It was propagated by Butch Taylor of Zydeco Hot Sauce and grown by the Chilli Factory.

About the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T Chili Pepper

Trinidad Scorpion Pepper

The growers named the pepper the “Trinidad Scorpion Butch T”, after Butch Taylor, who propagated the chili peppers in 2011. This chili pepper is the possible cross between a Trinidad Scorpion and as as-yet-named chili pepper that Butch is holding close to his chest in hopes of creating even hotter peppers in the future.

The Trinidad Scorpion Butch T measures in at a blistering 1,463,700 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). A typical jalapeno pepper measures around 5,000 SHU, while a habanero pepper measures up to 350,000 SHU.

Learn More about the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T

Also see: The Hottest Peppers in the World List.