“Hotter Or Not?” Quiz! Cayenne Pepper Edition

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Can you name the chilies hotter than a common cayenne pepper?

Let’s test your hot pepper knowledge! Cayenne pepper is a spice rack staple – likely the spiciest seasoning found in the typical kitchen. It’s hot, but there are plenty of hotter specimens on the pepper scale. Can you tell which chilies are hotter than cayenne and which are not just by name and image?

This 25 question quiz will put that pepper prowess of yours to the test. It’s a fun way to learn the heat of the pepper scale (and learn some chilies you may not know in the process!) Looking for a place to cram? And all of the answers can be found on our site.

Hint (and it’s a big one): Study our hot pepper list which features the Scoville heat units for over 125 peppers and have fun!

Cherry Bomb Pepper

Cherry Bomb Pepper
Correct! Wrong!

Talk about a name loaded with expectation. You'd expect the Cherry Bomb pepper to be crazy-hot, but it's not. It taps out between 2,500 and 5,000 Scoville heat units - making it barely above the "mild" zone for chilies.

Carolina Reaper

Carolina Reaper
Correct! Wrong!

This one may be a "gimme". The Carolina Reaper is infamous for its incredible heat 1.4 million to 2.2 million Scoville heat units. This super-hot is on another heat planet compared to the cayenne.

Serrano Pepper

Serrano Pepper
Correct! Wrong!

Serrano peppers have, for many, a surprising level of heat, but even at its hottest (23,000 Scoville heat units) it falls short of the cayenne.

Ancho Pepper

Ancho Pepper
Correct! Wrong!

Ancho peppers range from 1,000 to 1,500 on the Scoville Scale - it's known as a mild pepper, well below the upper-medium heat of the cayenne.

Pasilla Pepper

Pasilla pepper
Correct! Wrong!

The pasilla pepper is very mild compared to the cayenne. 1,000 to 2,500 Scoville heat units vs 30,000 to 50,000 SHU.

Sport Peppers

Sport Peppers
Correct! Wrong!

Sport peppers come in just shy of cayenne heat - ranging 10,000 to 23,000 on the Scoville scale.

Jalapeño Pepper

jalapeno pepper
Correct! Wrong!

Jalapeños are the most popular choice among fresh chilies because of their very eatable heat (2,500 to 8,000 Scoville heat units). It's a heat well below the minimum 30,000 SHU of cayenne.

Aleppo Pepper

Aleppo pepper
Correct! Wrong!

Aleppo pepper is typically found ground like cayenne, but their heat profile is quite different. They tend to max out at 10,000 Scoville heat units, 3 to 5 times milder than cayenne.

Ghost Pepper

Ghost Pepper vs Jalapeno
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The name may give it away - the super-hot ghost pepper is one scary chili, topping out at over 1,000,o00 Scoville heat units. The 50,000 tops of the cayenne doesn't come close.

Chile de Arbol

Chile de arbol
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The chile de arbol is nearly always milder than the cayenne, ranging from 15,000 to 30,000 Scoville heat units. Only the hottest possible chile de arbol will match the mildest possible cayenne.

Hinkelhatz Pepper

Hinkelhatz Pepper
Correct! Wrong!

The Hinkelhatz pepper looks a little like some of the super-hot chilies out there, but this Pennsylvania Dutch beauty only ranges from 5,000 to 30,000 SHU. Its absolute hottest is the same as the absolute mildest cayenne.

Peperone di Senise

peperone di senise
Correct! Wrong!

Its elongated shape may look like a hotter pepper, but rather the Peperone di Senise has very little, if any, heat.

Cascabel Pepper

Cascabel pepper
Correct! Wrong!

The cascabel is one unique pepper - when dried they keep their round shape, making a natural rattle. Fun! But not hot. Cascabels only tip the scale between 1,000 and 3,000 Scoville heat units. The cayenne's minimum 30,000 is a far distance off.

Habanero Pepper

Habanero pepper
Correct! Wrong!

Habanero peppers are well-known for being extra hot! 100,00 to 350,000 Scoville heat units - it's a major ramp up from a cayenne.

Fresno Pepper

Fresno Pepper
Correct! Wrong!

Yes, Fresno peppers are usually sold when red. But don't let the hotter looking color fool you. Fresno's tap out at 10,000 Scoville heat units, three times milder than the mildest possible cayenne.

Fish Pepper

Fish pepper
Correct! Wrong!

A rare Baltimore treasure, the fish pepper falls well below the cayenne - 5,000 to 10,000 Scoville heat units.

Cowhorn Pepper

Cowhorn Pepper
Correct! Wrong!

The cowhorn pepper certainly makes an entrance...but this bad boy is all about size, not heat.It can grow up to 10 inches long, but only maxes out at 5,000 SHU.

Madame Jeanette Pepper

Madame Jeanette Pepper
Correct! Wrong!

The mix of the name and the bright yellow color may have you thinking this is a milder chili. But the Madame Jeanette actually hits hard - 125,000 to 325,000 SHU. That's up to six times hotter than the hottest possible cayenne.

Black Cobra Pepper

Black Cobra Pepper
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The Black Cobra looks like it may bite, with its dramatic color and fruits that grow up, not down. But, on average,  the heat of this ornamental pepper comes in a tad lower than the mildest cayenne (20,000 to 40,000 SHU).

Thai Pepper

Thai pepper substitute
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While the hottest cayenne can match the mildest Thai, Thai peppers are on average hotter (50,000 to 100,000) than typical cayenne (30,000 to 50,000 Scoville heat units).

Datil Pepper

datil pepper
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Datil peppers - the St. Augustine chili - are a most certain jump up in heat, ranging 100,000 to 300,000 Scoville heat units.

Scotch Bonnet Pepper

Scotch bonnet pepper
Correct! Wrong!

Don't let the name deceive you. Scotch bonnets have a most-certain extra hot kick! 100,000 to 350,000 on the Scoville scale. That's at least two times the heat of cayenne with the potential for a lot more.

Prairie Fire Pepper

Prairie Fire Pepper
Correct! Wrong!

The colorful Prairie Fire pepper may look like candy, but there's quite a spicy surprise just waiting here. They range from 70,000 to 80,000 SHU, often double the heat of cayenne.

Chiltepin Pepper

Chiltepin pepper
Correct! Wrong!

Don't let the tiny size fool you. The chiltepin provides plenty of pop (50,000 to 100,000 SHU). It can even double the heat of the hottest possible cayenne.

Cheiro Roxa

Cheiro Roxa
Correct! Wrong!

The Brazilian cheiro roxa works as both an ornamental and a cuilnary pepper, and it packs a bigger punch than the cayenne - 60,000 to 80,000 Scoville heat units.

Hotter or Not: Cayenne Pepper Edition
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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Matt Bray

Matt Bray

Chief Chilihead at Cindermint
Founder of PepperScale and Cindermint LLC. Sucker for a good scotch bonnet. Spicy food super-fan. Current fiery fascination: Datil hot sauces.

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