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Whole Scorpion Chiles

Scorpion Chiles are among the hottest chile peppers in the world with slow building and long lasting extreme heat. It is important to handle with care.

  • These chiles average an amazing 1.2 million SHUs

  • We recommend people handling Scorpion Chiles wear appropriate gloves and eye protection as they're so potent they can irritate and sting skin or eyes

  • The chiles themselves have a mild smoky flavor with slight fruity, citrus notes but usually the intense heat takes over

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    Price: $61.30
    $3.83 / Ounce

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    Suggested uses

  • Dangerously hot, Scorpion Chiles are one of the hottest chiles in the world and should be handled with care

  • A little goes a long way and the heat really lingers

  • Use extremely sparingly in fresh salsa, sauces, chili, soups and only where extreme heat is desired

  • Blend with oil and strain to use as extra hot chile oil

  • Basic prep

    Rinse Scorpion Chiles first with warm water then soak in hot water for 10 minutes to rehydrate or add directly to recipe that will cook at least 10 minutes. Once rehydrated, dice or puree and add to a recipe.

    Caution: One of the world's hottest chiles. Handle with care, do not get in eyes. Flush with water to relieve symptoms.

    Storage & handling

    Store in a dry, cool place for up to 12 months under optimal storage conditions.


    Dried scorpion chiles.

    Among the world's hottest chile peppers, Scorpion Chiles (Capsicum chinense) originated in the South American islands of Trinidad, but fans of hot chiles selectively bred strains to create even hotter varieties. Cultivated for their extremely hot, fruity flavor, these premium scorpion chiles are not produced on a large commercial scale.

  • Fresh Scorpion Chiles average 1.2 million SHUs. Jalapeños, by comparison, average only 5,000 SHUs

  • Fresh Scorpion Chiles have a pebbly skin surface and are plump along with sometimes having tip resembling a scorpion's tail

  • In recent years at least three varieties of Scorpion Chiles have claimed the title as world hottest chile including Trinidad Scorpion Moruga (measured at 2,009,231 SHUs), Trinidad Scorpion Butch T (1,463,700 SHUs) and New Mexico Scorpion Chili Pepper (1,191,595 SHUs).

  • Some countries use this pepper to produce military grade pepper spray and tear gas along with making a paint for boats which inhibit barnacle growth

  • The New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute has completed studies to confirm claimed heat levels on a variety of chiles including the Scorpion Chile

  • Classic recipe

    Scorpion Mango Salsa

    The second-hottest known peppers in the world, our Scorpion Chiles are perfect for the few who enjoy extremely intense heat. A very small amount is all it takes to turn this tropical mango salsa sweltering hot. Wear gloves and eye protection when handling Scorpion Chiles as they can irritate the skin and sting eyes.