15+ Best Peppers to Grow for Salsa (Hottest Peppers with Pictures)

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I hope you are doing gerat in your gardening field. Do you know about the best peppers to grow for salsa? What are some of the Best Peppers to Grow for Salsa? Most people love to eat spicy food. Some brands create spicy foods and challenge people to eat them and win prizes.

But few people know that these spicy foods are made by adding some ingredients that belong to the same family that is Peppers.

Key takeaways:

  • Peppers are versatile plants that many people grow in their gardens for both domestic and market purposes.
  • Peppers are low in calories but are rich in various minerals and vitamins.
  • Most people give more preference to its taste rather than the benefits.
  • There are so many varieties of peppers that are easily available in vegetable stores like Cayenne Peppers, Bell Peppers, Ornamental Pepper Plants etc.

If you are thinking of cultivating peppers then this article would be best for you. In this article, we will discuss only the hottest species of peppers that are more popular and widely used in various food items. 

15+ Best Peppers to Grow for Salsa

In this section, we are going to give a brief description of the different varieties of peppers. The best part all of these have different flavors and colors which makes your garden more attractive. Even if you don’t eat spicy food, you can grow them to sell in the market as they are always in high demand among people. 


15+ Best Peppers to Grow for Salsa (Hottest Peppers with Pictures)
  • Easiest hot pepper to grow.
  • Green jalapeno peppers are in the hottest stage of development.
  • Needs 70 to 80 days to grow properly before harvesting.
  • The heat level is around 2,500 to 8,000 SHUs.
  • Most popular and versatile pepper that can enhance any dish in multiple ways. 


  • Small bed-shaped fruits have small sizes.
  • They grow orange or red colored fruits in 90 days.
  • The heat level is so high, 100,000 to 350,000 SHU.
  • The heat from habaneros develops over many seconds.
  • If you don’t like spicy food as much, stay away from this variety. 


  • A wonderful Mexican roasting pepper that gives salsas structure, fire, and taste.
  • Fruits can grow up to 30 inches in 70 to 75 days.
  • Heart-shaped fruits that become hotter when they ripen.
  • They are super crunchy with a dark green color texture.
  • Truly shine in roasted, stuffed, or flavored salsa. 

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  • The flavor of Anaheim peppers is somewhat sour and sweet.
  • Huge, crunchy, mild peppers that give salsas a little kick.
  • They have 2500 SHUs of heat level.
  • 6+ inch long, tapering peppers.
  • Plants for Anaheim peppers are thriving and bushy. 

Hungarian Hot Wax 

  • Much similar to banana peppers with yellow colors.
  • They have around 5000 to 15000 SHUs.
  • Fruits can grow up to 36 inches in 70 days.
  • When these peppers are fully mature, they become crimson, which increases both their sweetness and heat.
  • Widely used in salsa and cut into a spicy salad. 

Thai Peppers

  • Too much hot with SHUs range of 50,000 to 1,00,000.
  • Eat them before they get ripped.
  • Easiest pepper plant to grow.
  • A compact, productive plant that will surely increase the ante on your salsa.
  • Fruits can grow up to 18 inches in 70 to 85 days. 


  • High-yielding plants with fruit that resembles jalapenos peppers but is thinner and hotter.
  • Fruits can grow up to 24 inches in 74 days.
  • They have SHUs ranging from 10,000 to 23,000.
  • Serrano peppers will make your salsa hotter without affecting the flavor.
  • It belongs to the Capsicum annuum species.


  • A traditional spicy pepper that tastes delicious both fresh and dried.
  • Fruits can reach up to 30 inches in 60 to 80 days.
  • They have 30,000 to 50,000 SHU.
  • Come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and hues.
  • They are delicious even when gathered in green. 

Scotch Bonnet 

  • Like a habanero but with a fruitier, less flowery flavor.
  • Fruits can reach a height of more than 36 inches in 100 days.
  • High heat content with 100,000 to 350,000 SHU.
  • Bushy, and highly prolific plants.
  • Yellow, orange, or red are the most prevalent hues. 

Ghost Pepper 

  • The fiery entrance to super hots with plants that yield copious quantities of intensely scented, heart-wrenching peppers.
  • It belongs to the Capsicum Chinese species.
  • Takes 100 to 120 days to grow 40+ inches of fruit.
  • 855,000 to 1,000,000 SHU range.

Carolina Reaper

  • Holds the current record for the hottest pepper in the world according to Guinness.
  • It takes 120+ days to grow fruits of a height of 18 inches.
  • 1.4 million to 2.2 million SHU.
  • A spherical, bumpy body with a long sharp stinger
  • Delicious, fruity aroma flavor.

Manzano pepper 

  • It is harvested in Bolivia and Peru and is referred to as rocoto pepper.
  • Its flesh is somewhat thicker.
  • SHU lies between 12,000 to 30,000.
  • It belongs to the Capsicum pubescens species.

Naga Morich hot chili pepper

  • Hails from southern Bangladesh and is sometimes referred to as “The Snake.”
  • It can grow to be 6.5 inches long.
  • When completely mature, the hue ranges from bright green to scarlet.
  • The dynamic range of heat with 1 million SHU. 

7 pot brown 

  • Very hot with 800,000 – 1,853,396 SHU.
  • Ripe pods are brown.
  • Great flavor with a unique sweetness.
  • In the perfect situation, yields are high and there are lots of pods produced. 

Butch T Trinidad Scorpion 

  • 800,000 – 1,463,700 SHU.
  • They have a sweet, fruity flavor and belong to Capsicum chinese.
  • Extreme eaters are drawn to these peppers.
  • Such hot peppers can seriously burn your skin. Use protective eyewear and cooking gloves.

Paprika peppers 

  • It is a variety of hot peppers with a sweet heat in it.
  • It will begin to ripen within 80 days and produce red pods of about 4 to 6 inches tall.
  • Paprika plants will grow about 3 feet long. Depending on the variety you have grown in your garden.
  • Smaller varieties of paprika such as Alma, paprika will grow about 2 feet tall in the containers. 

California Wonder pepper

  • It is another heirloom variety that produces juicy walls and good flavor when they are green.
  • After ripening, it comes in red. It is hard to resist this variety.
  • It is one of the popular varieties and you can easily find its seeds online or from the market. 

Hatch chiles 

  • It is another variety that originated in the Southern New Mexico, town of Hatch.
  • It is a popular variety that can be grown anywhere in your home garden and includes a wide range of heat.
  • It will grow about 30 inches long in your garden.
  • You can harvest this amazing variety within 80 days when they are green. 

Banana pepper

  • Banana pepper is one of the Japanese peppers that is another sweet variety that can grown in your garden garden area.
  • It is famous for its amazing and mild flavor that you cannot find in other chili peppers.
  • You can use it as sizzling in salad sandwiches pizza etc.
  • You will observe its height of about 18 to 24 inches long.
  • Media plant with a good amount of well-drained soil and full sunlight so you receive healthy results from it.
  • Last, but not least, it will be ready to harvest within 70 days.

Concluding lines 

All these varieties that we have mentioned above are the best options available in the list of hottest peppers ever. The best part all of these have different flavors and colors which makes your garden more attractive. Even if you don’t eat spicy food, you can grow them to sell in the market as they are always in high demand among people. 

Care for your peppers well and we suggest you grow them in containers. Although there are undoubtedly dozens of different types of peppers, these 15 are the easiest to cultivate and unquestionably among the best-tasting. Read the whole guide for its proper understanding. 

Thanks for reading! Happy Gardening!

Thanks for reading! Happy gardening!

Becky Decker

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