The 30+ Spiciest Foods in the World

by Gina Elizabeth
Spiciest Foods in the World - Carolina Reaper Pepper

Looking for a list of the spiciest foods in the world?

You’ve come to the right place!

Because some like it hot and some like it really hot. I went on an exhaustive journey to list the spiciest food names ever!

This listicle includes the spiciest dishes, snacks, peppers, condiments, and other edibles on the planet.

Spiciest Foods In The World

  • Some of these foods are extremely spicy and not intended for diners under the age of 18.
  • Those with high blood pressure, a sensitive stomach, or in poor health are advised not to consume these foods.
  • If you don’t feel well while eating these spicy foods, you are advised to immediately stop eating.
  • Please take care not to get any traces of sauce in your eyes. If you do, immediately rinse your eyes thoroughly with water and/or seek medical attention.
  • Women that are pregnant or breastfeeding should not consume these foods.

1. The Carolina Reaper Pepper

The spiciest (edible) pepper in the world. The Carolina Reaper clocks in at  2,200,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

The Carolina Reaper pepper was first found in the state of South Carolina and that is how it got its name.

Carolina Reaper Peppers are a cross between a Ghost Pepper and a Red Habanero.

The Chocolate Carolina Reaper was created by crossing the Red Carolina Reaper pepper and the Chocolate Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper.

There are hotter peppers out there like the Dragon’s Breath Pepper, but it’s not edible, and is spicy enough to kill you. It is literally so hot that it’s used to numb the skin, as an alternative for people allergic to anesthetic.

2. Phaal Curry

Spiciest Foods in the World Phaal Curry

Phaal is considered the hottest curry in the world, chefs who prepare Phaal curry wear gas masks when cooking it.

The bhut jolokia pepper is native to India. The pepper is so hot, the Indian military has turned it into a “biological weapon.”

Phaal is generally prepared using ten different peppers.

3. Ma Po Tofu

The Sichuan dish is made with a spicy bean chili sauce, tofu and ground pork and a Sichuan peppercorn that is popular in Sichuan cooking.

The spiciest Chinese dishes are from Sichuan, Hunan, Chongqing, Guizhou and Yunnan.

4. Great Balls of Fire Fritters

The habanero-soaked Great Balls of Fire fritters at Salvador Molly’s in Portland, Oregon, will test even the greatest spicy fanatics.

The Portland, Oregon, restaurant challenges diners to clean their plates for a chance to be honored in the eatery’s Hall of Flame. 

5. Herr’s Carolina Reaper Cheese Curls

What is the hottest snack in the world? 

Herr’s Carolina Reaper Cheese Curls are chips made with the world’s hottest pepper!

Dieffenbach’s Sweet Ghost Pepper Potato Chips are a slightly spicy chip with a splash of vinegar and a dash of pineapple.

6. Spicy Tuna Rolls – Seppuku Challenge

People come to Bushido in Charleston, South Carolina, to attempt a spicy tuna roll challenge.

The Japanese restaurant’s Seppuku Challenge (“seppuku” is the ritual suicide samurai committed in battle) dares diners to eat 10 increasingly spicy hand rolls stuffed with cucumbers, tuna, and habanero peppers.

7. Chocolate Bhutlah Pepper

This pepper was created by Chad Soleski from Wisconsin.

This pepper variety is a cross between the Douglah 7 Pod and the Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper).

The name “Bhutlah” comes from joining the words “bhut” and “douglah.”

The Chocolate Bhutlah pepper ranks up to 2,000,000 SHU on the official Scoville scale, which is close to the Carolina Reaper.

8. Culley’s “The World’s Hottest Ramen Noodles”

Spiciest Instant Noodles in the World Culleys Ramen

The World’s Hottest Ramen Noodles! Brought to you by Culley’s from New Zealand!

A fusion of Culley’s signature flavor-full taste with the world’s hottest Carolina reaper as a ramen soup – just breathe it in and it’ll make your eyes water!

These instant noodles measure 1,641,183 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

9. Death By Pizza

The world’s hottest pizza contains a sauce made from twenty Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chilies.

The sauce is slathered on a regular pizza, kicking up the heat to a whopping 12 million Scoville units.

The pizza is the star of an eating challenge.

10. The Paqui Carolina Reaper Potato Chip

The world’s spiciest potato chip is so brutal there’s only one per package. Made from the hottest pepper on the planet.

11. Vato Loco Cocktail

What is the spiciest alcoholic drink?

Vato Loco is the hottest drink on Earth and involves seven different kinds of chiles.

It’s served at Mercadito in Chicago. You’ll have to sign a waiver before you can drink it.

12. Chilli Seed Bank Corn Chips

The World’s Hottest Corn Chips are infused with their own triple pressed, A-grade Carolina Reaper, Scorpion and Bhut Jolokia puree, and finished with a dusting of Carolina Reaper powder to deliver explosive heat!

They are the world’s hottest, after all.

This is a dangerously hot food product and must be consumed responsibly. ARE YOU GAME?

13. Widower Curry 

People have actually been known to hallucinate after eating it.

It is served at the Bindi Restaurant in Grantham, England.

14. Isoyama Shoji Instant Ramen

Spiciest Noodles in the World Isoyama Shoji

The ultra spicy Isoyama Shoji Instant Ramen is prohibited in Japan.

They’re made with bhut jolokia (ghost peppers) — which are 400 times spicier than Tabasco, clocking in at more than 1 million Scoville heat units (SHUs). In other words, this is some seriously spicy stuff!

It’s curry flavored and seriously spicy and clocks in at over 1 million Scoville Heat Units.

15. Reaper Taco

The Reaper Taco at Gringo’s Tacos in New Jersey is spicy. These tacos are made with Carolina Reaper powder. You have to sign a waiver to eat them.

16. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Vodka

This vodka, made with the Naga chilli, scores 1.2 million Scoville Heat Units is the world’s hottest chilli vodka.

17. Gaeng Tai Pla (Thai Curry)

If you attempt to order this Thai curry, don’t be offended when a waiter tells you that it’s extremely spicy – they’re just looking out for you.

Gaeng Tai Pla features fermented fish innards, dried chiles, galangal, turmeric and kaffir leaves, fish, pumpkin, eggplant, yardlong beans, and bamboo shoots for one devastatingly spicy curry.

18. The 4 Horsemen Burger

Chunky’s in San Antonio, Texas serves up The 4 Horsemen Burger and tops it with jalapenos, serrano chiles, a habanero sauce and the infamous ghost chile.

Since its inception, only four people have managed to take it down.

19. Tobagi Kimchi

Tobagi is the spiciest of the five national Korean brands of Kimchi.

Ancient Korean scholars once said that eating Tobagi Kimchi leads to complete enlightenment and the urge to dance and/or sing like BTS.

20. Volcanic Vindaloo

The Volcanic Vindaloo is the hottest supermarket curry every made.

It features the Naga chilli – one of the world’s hottest with a Scoville rating of up to one million, which is 200 times hotter than Tabasco Sauce or a jalapeno.

Vindaloo, an Indian curry that is thought to have originated in Portugal, is notorious in its native Goa and around the world.

21. Hormel’s Ghost Reaper Chili

This chili packs a punch.

The hottest ghost and Carolina reaper peppers combined total more than 3 million Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

22. Mad Dog 357 No. 9 Plutonium Hot Sauce

This isn’t so much a hot sauce as it is a death wish.

The extract registers 9 million on the Scoville scale, and it’s 60 percent pure capsicum.

A bolded, all caps, red warning on the site reads: DO NOT CONSUME DIRECTLY – FOOD ADDITIVE ONLY!

23. Jalapeño Peppers

Jalapeños have the distinction of being the most popular North American pepper.

They can be stuffed, pickled, or used in a variety of dishes.

The dried and smoked version of these hot peppers is known as chipotle pepper.

24. Japanese Wasabi

Wasabi is most commonly known as the spicy green paste served as a condiment to all forms of sushi. 

Similar to horseradish, wasabi affects the nasal passages and sinuses when eaten.

Although the spicy effects of eating wasabi can be quite intense, they last for only a very short while.

Wasabi is probably the best known of Japan’s spicy ingredients, as freshly grated wasabi is a major component of sushi.

25. Cayenne Peppers

Cayenne peppers make the list because they are the most popular peppers in the world.

Cayennes range from 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville Heat Units, similar to a serrano pepper.

The majority of hot sauces rely on cayenne for the kick, especially if the sauce contains vinegar.

26. Korean Red Hot Garlic

Thomas Farms from Corralitos (Santa Cruz County) offers Korean Red Hot garlic, said to be the spiciest and most robust around.

27. Beaver Extra Hot Horseradish

Beaver Extra Hot Horseradish is the perfect condiment for anyone who likes food spicy… really spicy food.

Their horseradish is made with 100% pure, fresh grated horseradish roots and classically pairs with any red meat.

Mix with mayonnaise to minimize the heat.

28. MAMEE’s Daebak Ghost Pepper Spicy Chicken Noodles 

Spiciest Instant Noodles in the World MAMEEs Daebak Ghost Pepper Spicy Chicken Noodles

MAMEE’s Daebak Ghost Pepper Spicy Chicken Noodles are Malaysia’s spiciest noodles clocking in at 1,000,000 Scoville Heat Units!

This particularly painful cup noodle even has a Scoville Heat Unit scale printed on the cup to warn others of the spice level.

29. CaJohns Black Mamba 6 Get Bitten Hot Sauce

CaJohns’ hot sauce clocks in at 6 million Scoville Heat Units and used Chocolate habanero peppers.

It’s an earthy and smoky pepper that looks like a chocolate candy on a stem.

30. Scorpion Pepper 

Is Scorpion pepper hotter than ghost pepper?

Scorpion peppers range from 1,200,000 to 2,000,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

Ghost peppers range from 855,000 to 1,041,427 (SHU) on the pepper scale.

31. The Flaming Ron Pie

From Ron Bruns’ Bremen Patisserie in Australia, the Flaming Ron meat pie includes three of the world’s hottest chilis.

The combination of Trinidad Scorpion Butch T peppers, Naga Jolokia chilis, and habenero peppers are what give the Flaming Ron its heat.

The pie is recorded as being over 300 times hotter than a jalapeño.

32. Nuclear Buffalo Wings

Alliger’s House of Wings (aka chicken wings, buffalo wings, hot wings) prides itself on its spiciest sauce, known as the “nuclear.”

Alliger’s atomic wing sauce scores 120,000 on the Scoville Scale — the standard measuring system for spicy heat.

World’s Spiciest Food FAQs

Which country’s food is the spiciest?

  1. Thailand
  2. India
  3. China

Why is food spicy?

BluIt turns out that capsaicin – the active ingredient in spicy food – binds to a special class of vanilloid receptor inside our mouth called VR1 receptors. After capsaicin binds to these receptors, the sensory neuron is depolarized, and it sends along a signal indicating the presence of spicy stimuli.

Why do people like spicy food?

Eating spicy can cause you to release endorphins — a happy chemical which gives you an instant feeling of pleasure from head to toe. People crave the spicy foods just like they crave sweets or salty foods.

What are Scoville heat units?

Scoville heat units, also known as SHU are a measurement of the number of times capsaicin needs to be diluted by sugar-water. The number of Scoville Heat Units (SHU) indicates the amount of capsaicin present. The higher the Scoville rating, the hotter the pepper/hot sauce.

How hot are Carolina reaper peppers in Scoville heat units?

The Carolina Reaper is currently the hottest pepper in the world, measuring over 2 Million Scoville Heat Units. It was first found in the state of South Carolina and that is how it got its name.

How hot are ghost peppers in Scoville heat units?

Ghost peppers range in heat from 855,000 – 1,041,427 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The hottest Carolina Reaper is more than twice as hot.

Where can you buy MAMEE’s Daebak Ghost Pepper Spicy Chicken Noodles?

These instant noodles are available exclusively at 7-Eleven stores.

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