“Hotter Or Not?” Quiz! Cayenne Pepper Edition II

| Last Updated: March 18, 2020 | ,

Another round! Can you tell which chilies are hotter than a cayenne?

Nearly everyone has that bottle of cayenne pepper powder in the spice rack, but can you put a finger on how hot it really is? Can you look at other chilies and say “hotter or not” than that common kitchen spice?

Let’s test that knowledge once again. Our original Hotter or Not quiz featuring cayenne featured 25 peppers (and if you haven’t tried it, give it a go here!). Its sequel brings 20 more chilies to the table. Can you tell which are hotter (or not) just by their names and images?

Where to start? Study our hot pepper list which features over 125 peppers (including their heat levels). You may learn some new chilies along the way. Have fun!

Guajillo Pepper

Guajillo Pepper
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The guajillo pepper sits at the lower end of medium heat - 2,500 to 5,000 SHU. That's at least six times milder than a cayenne.

Pequin Pepper

Pequin pepper
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It's little but powerful. Pequin peppers range from 40,000 to 60,000 Scoville heat units - just slightly hotter than a cayenne (30,000 to 50,000).

Banana Pepper

Banana Pepper
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The banana pepper is a pizza and sandwich favorite, particularly because it's a mild level of spiciness (0 to 500 Scoville heat units). The cayenne is much spicier, starting at 30,000 SHU.

Hungarian Wax Pepper

Hungarian wax pepper
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The Hungarian wax pepper sits in the medium pepper zone, like the cayenne, but it's at the lower end of medium (5,000 to 10,000 SHU). Cayenne peppers are easily three times hotter at least.

Bulgarian Carrot Pepper

Bulgarian carrot pepper
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While it looks like a carrot, there's more to the Bulgarian carrot pepper than meets the eye. 5,000 to 30,000 SHU. It's a nice medium-heat, just not as hot as cayenne.

Lemon Drop Pepper

Lemon drop pepper
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While definitely not as hot as a cayenne, the lemon drop is hotter than many think! 15,000 to 30,000 SHU. Its hottest is a cayenne's mildest.

Naga Viper Pepper

Naga Viper
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The Naga Viper definitely bites 900,000 to 1.38 million Scoville heat units. The cayenne (30,000 to 50,000 SHU) is nowhere near the heat.

Infinity Pepper

Infinity Pepper
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Heat forever and a day - that's the Infinity pepper. It's a total super-hot: 1.067 million to 1.25 million SHU. It's in a different blistering world than the cayenne.

Chipotle Pepper

chipotle pepper
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The deliciously smoky chipotle pepper is simply a dried, smoked jalapeño so it shares a comparable heat profile - 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units, at least four times milder than a cayenne.

Hatch Pepper

Hatch pepper
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The Hatch pepper has a devout following, but it's not for its super-spicy heat. It only ranges 1,000 to 8,00o SHU, at least four times milder than a cayenne.

Black Pearl Pepper

black pearl pepper
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The Black Pearl is a beautiful dark ornamental and it's close in heat to a cayenne, but not quite. 10,000 to 30,000 SHU. It's hottest potential only meets the mildest cayenne.

7 Pot Pepper

Trinidad 7 pot pepper
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The "7 Pot" is the hint here - the Trinidad 7 pot pepper is enough to heat seven pots of stew (where it got its name). It's a ton of heat - 1 million to 1.2 million SHU, well more than the max 50,000 of cayenne.

Medusa Pepper

Medusa Pepper
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Bold name, not so bold in the heat department. The Medusa pepper only ranges from 1 to 1,000 Scoville heat units, well below the 30,000 minimum SHU of the cayenne.

Trinidad Perfume

Trinidad Perfume
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It may look like some of the Trinidadian super-hot peppers that top the pepper scale, but the Trinidad Perfume barely ticks the needle. 0 to 500 SHU. That's more bell pepper than hot pepper in terms of heat.

Cajun Belle

Cajun belle pepper
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The Cajun belle (500 to 4,000 SHU) is not as hot as a cayenne (30,000 to 50,000 SHU), but its heat does surprise many due to its bell pepper-like looks.

Puya Pepper

Puya Pepper
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The puya pepper - while in the medium heat level category (5,000 to 8,000 SHU) - falls well short of the upper-medium heat of the cayenne.

Bishop's Crown Pepper

Bishops Crown Pepper
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The bishop's crown pepper has one of the more unique looks on the pepper scale, but it does fall short on heat compared to the cayenne. It ranges from 5,000 to 30,000 Scoville heat units.

Fatalii Pepper

Fatalii pepper
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It's in the name, for sure. The fatalii pepper is plenty hot - 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville heat units.

Goat Pepper

Goat pepper
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The name is unassuming in terms of heat, but the goat pepper is most certainly extra hot: 100,000 to 350,000 Scoville heat units.

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

Trinidad moruga scorpion
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In terms of heat, the super-hot Trinidad moruga scorpion leaves the cayenne pepper in the dust. 1.2 million to 2 million Scoville heat units vs. 30,000 to 50,000. No contest.

Hotter or Not: Return Of Cayenne
MILD
Good try, but you have some learning to do! Check out our hot pepper list to learn more about hot peppers, including their heat levels and flavor profiles.
MEDIUM-HOT
You know a little about pepper heat, but there's a lot more to learn! Check out our hot pepper list to learn more about chili peppers, including their heat levels and flavor profiles.
HOT!
You have good knowledge of pepper heat, but you can always learn more! Check out our hot pepper list to learn more about chili peppers, including their heat levels and flavor profiles.
EXTRA-HOT!!
So close to perfect - your knowledge on chili peppers is strong! Want to go for perfection? Check out our hot pepper list to learn more about chili peppers, including their heat levels and flavor profiles.
SUPER-HOT!!!
This is what perfection looks like - you know your peppers! But you can always learn more! Check out our hot pepper list to learn more about chili peppers, including their heat levels and flavor profiles.
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