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How Hot Is Sriracha?

by Kyle Lewis

How Hot Is Sriracha?

The Scoville Scale was created in 1912 by Wilbur Scoville to measure the hotness of chile peppers. The chemical found in chile peppers that gives them their heat is called capsaicin. The Scoville Scale measures the amount of capsaicin using Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Here are some popular peppers and how they rank on the Scoville Scale.

Pepper Scoville Heat Units (SHU)
Carolina Reaper 2,200,000
Trinidad Moruga Scorpion 2,009,000
Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) 1,041,000
Habanero Pepper 200,000-350,000
Thai Peppers 50,000-100,000
Serrano Peppers 5,000-19,000
Jalapeño 5,000-9,000
Pasilla Peppers 1,000-1,500
Bell Peppers No Heat

Here’s how Sriracha stacks up to other hot sauces on the Scoville Scale.

Hot Sauce Scoville Heat Units (SHU)
Marie Sharpe's Fiery Hot Sauce 6,775
Tabasco 3,750
Cholula 3,600
Tapatio 3,000
Huy Fong Sriracha 2,200
Tabasco Chipotle 2,000
Crystal 800
Texas Pete 750
Frank's Red Hot 450

See the infographic.

Popular Hot Sauces Ranked by Hotness

Due to the data above, many hardcore heat enthusiasts actually don’t consider Sriracha to be very spicy, but instead a chili sauce on the sweeter side. Whatever it is, it’s amazing and I need more of it.

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2 Responses

Scott Jordan
Scott Jordan

February 02, 2017

I love many hot sauces. My favorite HOT sauce is El Yucateco XXXextra Habanero. But I only use it occasionally as it is very hot. I love Sriracha as it is just right for so many uses. So I use Sriracha more than any other hot sauce.


November 17, 2016

You don’t really want ,,as strange as it may seem ,,hot sauce to be too hot,, it masks the flavor that is so good in the pepper itself,,Sriracha does it very well,, has a nice bite and great flavor……….

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