Feeling the heat; just how hot are the world’s meanest chillis?

Chillis are hot. That’s a statement that everyone who has been on the wrong side of a Vindaloo can agree upon. What many people aren’t aware of is just how hot any one chili can be; some are so spicy that ingesting one is equivalent to swallowing police grade pepper spray.

Name of Chilli Number of Scoville Units How much hotter than a jalepeno? English or international?
Trinidad Scorpion 580,198 – 2,009,231 401.8 times hotter International
Chocolate 7-pot 923,589 – 1,853,936 370.79 times hotter International
Naga Viper 1382118 276.42 times hotter International
Infinity Chilli 1067286 213.46 times hotter English
Bhut Jolokia / Ghost Chilli 855,000 – 1,041,427 208.29 times hotter International
Dorset Naga pepper 876,000 – 970,000 194 times hotter English
Habanero Chile Pepper 100,000 – 350,000 70 times hotter International
Scotch Bonnet Pepper 100,000 – 325,000 65 times hotter International
Jalapeno 2,500 – 8,000 N/A International

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