PepperScale Showdown

Carolina Reaper vs Ghost Pepper

Carolina Reaper Vs. Ghost Pepper: PepperScale Showdown

Two pepper scale superstars that throw their weight around…

The Carolina Reaper vs. the ghost pepper is like Ali vs. Frazier of the hot pepper world, at least in terms of pure power and popularity. In the ghost pepper you have a rock star and internet YouTube sensation. In the Carolina Reaper, you have the blazing up-and-comer that has shocked the world. These are two mega-hot chilies, there’s no doubt. But what are the differences and how easily are they found? Let’s review in our PepperScale Showdown.

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Ghost Pepper vs Jalapeno

Ghost Pepper Vs. Jalapeño: PepperScale Showdown

Talk about a rock star rumble…

Ghost pepper vs. jalapeno as a PepperScale showdown is like two serious heavy-weights going toe to toe. One is famous…the other infamous. One is loved and found nearly everywhere; the other is a video superstar with a ton of baggage who is known for stirring things up when out.

There’s a serious difference in styles between these two hot peppers, that is brought to life in their heat, taste, and availability. Let’s take a closer look at these two chilies.

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Cayenne Pepper Vs Chili Powder

Cayenne Pepper Vs. Chili Powder: PepperScale Showdown

Spice rack cousins, but how are they different?

Any well-stocked spice rack has a bottle of chili powder at the ready. And probably right nearby is a bottle of cayenne pepper powder. So what’s the difference?

Isn’t cayenne powder the same as chili powder? What makes them tick? Can you substitute one for the other without any worries? It’s time to compare the two with our PepperScale showdown – cayenne pepper vs. chili powder.

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pico de gallo vs salsa

Pico De Gallo Vs. Salsa: What Are The Differences?

So you’re eating salsa…are you sure?

Or is it pico de gallo that you’re spooning up onto that chip? Or are they the same thing? Pico de gallo vs. salsa, to many, is one of these “tomato-tomahto” things – riffs on the same melody, but essentially the same song.

That’s close to the truth, especially since pico de gallo is also known as salsa fresca. But there are differences between the two that’ll help you decipher what exactly it is that you’re eating.

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red jalapeno vs green jalapeno

Red Jalapeño Vs. Green Jalapeño: PepperScale Showdown

The same…but different.

Jalapeño peppers are hands down the most popular hot pepper around, but most don’t know that it comes in different shades.

That’s right – there are green jalapeños and red jalapeños. What’s the difference? Is one spicier than the other? Do they taste different? Are the red versions hard to find? Let’s break down what makes these two hot pepper options tick in another PepperScale Showdown.

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ancho chili powder vs chili powder

Ancho Chili Powder Vs. Chili Powder: PepperScale Showdown

What’s in an extra word?

Say you have a recipe calling for ancho chili powder. Is it safe to substitute the regular chili powder, the one so prevalent in most spice racks? Are they the same thing, or at least very similar? Will the taste be different in the dish itself?

There are, in fact, some pretty distinct differences between these two chili powders which make them not optimal substitutes for each other. Let’s break things down through an ancho chili powder vs. chili powder PepperScale showdown.

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Habanero vs Jalapeno

Habanero Vs. Jalapeño: PepperScale Showdown

Here we have two of the most popular chilies on the planet. But how similar are they really? How much of a difference between the two is there in overall spiciness? Do they taste different? Are they easily findable in grocery stores?

Let’s break down some of the similarities and differences with our PepperScale Showdown. When you’re ready to learn more about these top chilies, be sure to read our full articles on them: the habanero pepper and the jalapeño pepper.

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Trinidad scorpion vs ghost pepper

Moruga Scorpion Vs. Ghost Pepper: PepperScale Showdown

Now here are two hot peppers that will send your taste buds screaming into a new zip code. Trinidad Moruga Scorpion vs. ghost pepper. Which one is hottest?  Can you buy them fresh, or are there at least spicy products out there that use these titans of the pepper scale?

Let’s stack these chili peppers side-by-side and see what we’ve got in a PepperScale Showdown. One thing is for sure, neither of these chilies are for the timid.

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Serrano vs Jalapeno

Serrano Vs. Jalapeño: PepperScale Showdown

Two hot peppers that look pretty similar, but are they really that similar in taste and heat? Can you find them in supermarkets? And how prevalent are they in products on the shelves?

Let’s break down the similarities and differences across four rounds in our PepperScale Showdown. If you want more information on either chili, be sure to read our specific posts on each: the serrano pepper and the jalapeño pepper.

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Scotch Bonnet vs Habanero

Scotch Bonnet Vs. Habanero: PepperScale Showdown

Scotch bonnet vs. habanero. Two close cousins that spice up the upper end of the Scoville scale. But how do they compare? How often can you find them at a supermarket? And how often do you see them in hot sauces and other spicy products?

We take these two giants of the pepper scale and put them head to head for four rounds to discover their similarities and differences. Want to dig deeper? Be sure to read our posts that dive even deeper: the scotch bonnet pepper and the habanero pepper.

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