Countries With the Spiciest Food


The Top Ten

1 India India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world.

Amazingly good and so well balanced -- you can still discern flavor through the "HOT" -- my favorite food in the WORLD -- comparing Indian food to anything else is like comparing Mozart to "elevator music"

I have always loved spicy food as well as Indian food. Over the years I have gotten to know quite a few Indians (friends and colleagues) and there have been many meals with many peppers which now have tempered my palate with awesome flavors. Now the only problem is that I have to convince new Indian restaurant establishments that I want the food super spicy. Often times they look at me, as Caucasian man, and pre-judge me as having tender taste buds and give me mild to medium so normally it takes me a visit or two to convince them.

I once went to an Indian restaurant in foreign. I'm an Indian and really young. People say all the food in Indian restaurants is mostly spicy except the sweets. They are not actually we eat such stuff all the time we don't consider it spicy everyone in the country eats it. The food we consider spicy will bring tears to our eyes we eat them cause they taste good. In other nations u eat food which is nothing like spicy so u feel our common everyday food spicy but really 5 year olds will eat it easily.

Most people say Mexican food is spicier, but taste plays a big part in ranking food, even if it's a list based on spicy foods. After all, food is eaten for the taste. and survival of course. Mexican food may be spicier, but Indian has a much vaster variety of tastes.

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2 Thailand Thailand Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia.

Thai love spicy food. My family is Thai and we have chili plants inside the house. Every single restaurant in Thailand serves spicy food.

Thai food is the perfect combination of the most spicy with the most flavorful.

Come on Thai people have spicy food every single day

Certainly the hottest, especially Issan

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3 Mexico Mexico

Everything, I mean everything we mexicans eat in every single place HAS TO HAVE chile! A food without salsa and tortillas is rare. Peppers are foundation of our cuisine and I believe Mexico has to be in first place. Many people under qualify Mexico in this list because they have been served chile in lower doses because it's not their favorite part of eating. In change, Mexicans eat because we love spicy, and boy some eat shocking amounts of chile in their food you can tell by how sometimes they sweat. Even little children love spicy, I mean really spicy candy and snacks

The most spiciest thing I have ever tried is Mexican food. Sriracha sauce is not spicy at all, Mexican salsas on the other hand are really spicy it burn your mouth for hours. Indian food is not even that spicy in comparison, I know someone who ate both Indian and Mexican food, and said the spiciest thing they tasted is Mexican, this should be number 1. The only reason India is number 1 is because the food has a lot of taste, but when it comes to burning, Mexico beats it. I have known people who tried both and said Mexican food is spicier. I am used to spicy food, so no problem for me. - AnimeDrawer

In Mexico, even those who can't handle the spice still eat spicy stuff. I thought I liked spicy stuff until I tried some tacos with vegetables. It didn't even have chile but it still was spicy enough to make me cry, I don't even want to imagine how spicy their chiles are. People, if you ever go to mexico, please order your food with no chile!

Everything you eat is the best

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4 China China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1. 388 billion . It was established in 1949. Its capital is Beijing. The other major cities are Hong Kong and Shanghai. Chinese (Mandarin) is the only more.

Sichuan foods are extremely spicy. The one who wrote it definitely know nothing about Sichuan foods. Compared with Korean Kimchi? It's just ridiculous. come on...

I have been to Sichuan, and their foods are way spicier than anything that's made in any of these other countries. All the other countries on this list are a joke compared to Sichuan food. (Sichuan is a province in China.)

Carolina reapers come from China. Need I say more? - Gminus

I have traveled a lot,and trust me,the food in Sichuan province of China,you would be dying after eat their food if you’re not a Sichuan native!

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5 Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia. Ruled by the Dutch for over 300 years and Japan for 3 years and 6 months, the country gained independence in 1945, or exactly in 17th August 1945. Jakarta is the capital city, located in the island of Java. Major languages more.

Come on. How does america top Indonesia in spicy food. They think their "spicy" food is spicy because they can't withstand the spice. Indonesia puts everything with chili. EVERYTHING. EVEN THE DESSERT IS PACK WITH CHILI

The only reason Indonesia isn't higher on this list is because the cuisine is not well known like Mexican, Thai, or Indian cuisines. But if you have been to Indonesia, you know that they love heat. I had an Indonesian shrimp curry once that was the hottest thing I've ever eaten. How hot is Indonesian food? An Indonesian would probably answer, "not hot enough! "

Chili is one of our top grossing commodity as almost every dish are served with them. If you really are looking for it, you will find the spiciest cuisines far more spicy than Mexicans (which are overrated by Americans). To Indian and Thai food, I would have to say they're on par, and it kinda suits ones own taste.

Indonesia's spicy is something that lingers and haunts you just as you finish your meal, and even after. It's the type of spicy that's more like a slow painful death rather than an strong jab in your mouth (ie; wasabi). I've traveled to more than a handful of countries in many regions, and only a few can match Indonesia's type of spicy. Even their cigarettes make your tongue numb, imagine the food!

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6 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and known from the beginning of British colonial rule until 1972 as Ceylon, is an island country in South Asia near south-east India.

My first experience with Sri Lankan food was extreme with regards to how spicy it was. I am quite comfortable eating Mexican, Peruvian, Thai and Indian food but this was on another level.

Seriously speaking! If you eat some of Sri Lankan foods. You feel that Indian food is candy.

Sri Lankan food are HOT with pepper not like Indian food with different other spices.

Sri Lankan food is the spiciest in compared to Indian, Thai or Mexican. It’s on top of their flavours and spices.

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7 Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh, on the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal, is surrounded by India, with a small common border with Myanmar in the southeast. The country is low-lying riverine land traversed by the many branches and tributaries of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.

Once I ate fruit salad with LOTS of black pepper and maybe some other hot things. EDIT: tried to eat. - Metal_Treasure

The mixture of chili, garlic, ginger, cumin and so more...

They make the most diversified food in the world

Which will explode the taste buds for sure

We definitely have the spiciest food in the world. We love hot green chillies.

Kacchi birayni is awesome

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8 Korea

Who said that Korean foods are extremely spicy. There's only a few Korean foods are actually considered spicy. Most western and American just can't eat spicy foods, so they think those foods are extremely spicy for them. They are not! Well, maybe some of them, a little bit. Their chillies and chilly powder are just not spicy at all. Superficial people saying that Korean foods are EXTREMELY spicy.

Kimchi is a staple food here, and it is basically cucumber, radish, or cabbage pickled in spicy chili sauce. - ethanmeinster

Really. Korean foods are just hot not spicy.

FIRE NOODLES for the win!

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9 Italy Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. more.

Is there's really a spicy food in Italy?

Spicy Italian food?
Not at all, surely the less spicy and tasty in Europe, therefore imagine in the world.

Nothing like Italian... they are not just about pizza - zuni

To be more specific, the Calabria region. That's the real Italian hub of spicy meals, like 'nduja, soppressata, sardella, and tons of chili pepper in any dish

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10 United States United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the more.

Is this a joke

America with spicy food? REALLY? What a joke

It has no spicy-resistant people, no spicy cuisine, and no spicy trademarks. In fact, the only thing "spicy" about this non-spicy country is the Carolina Reaper, which means the US should be in the top 10 countries with the least spicy food.

I go as far as to put tons of tobasco and texas pete on my mac and cheese and eat jalepenos when I'm bored - EliHbk

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The Newcomers

? Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean.
? South Korea South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.

The Contenders

11 Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles.

Jamaica definitely has to be on this list! Scotch Bonnet pepper is the 2nd hottest pepper in the world!

I'm from Jamaica and the food their is SPICY

The scotch bonnet peppers are everywhere! - ethanmeinster

The Vast Majority Of The Dishes Have Heat As They Grow Their Own Peppers (Scotch Bonnet)
I come here a lot and the food never dissapoints!

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12 Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying the Malaysian Peninsula and part of the island of Borneo. It's known for its beaches, rain forests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. The sprawling capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such more.

Malaysia is multicultural and has foods from all over the world, a majority being foods from China, India, Korea and Thailand, countries with the spiciest food.

There's even a specific state in Malaysia that is like a tribute to spicy food. Yeah!

It's like when India meets Indonesia

Most Malaysian love spicy food, but there's a state that's so rad that they double,triple their chilies in their dishes.
Some Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia has the spiciest foods thanks to the bird eyes chilies; one of the spiciest chilies. This type of chilies might small but they are more spicy compared to the red chilies used in curry dishes. And people from these countries used so much of this type of chili just in a single dish.

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13 Japan Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. more.

Japanese food really isn't that spicy! Even their curry is more of sweet than spicy! - CherylS

Don't forget about wasabi

Spicy tuna roll and Japanese curry. - ethanmeinster


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14 Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan and is known as the world's second most beautiful capital city. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second more.

Pakistan and India is best spicy foods countries all over the world even US and other European countries say that his recipes is best spicy in the world but in this list India is in first and Pakistan in 20 this is wrong arrangement.

Found Indian and Mexican food tasteless compared to Pakistani spicy foodstuff

I"ve known pakistani families that eat food that is on average too spicy for me, and I can hang just about anywhere but certain locales in India. Outside these two countries I've found chili-heads that are world class, but I personally haven't found groups of people with such a everyday tolerance to "heat" - not among Chinese or Korean... definitely not the norm in Japan.

It's so spicy that spicy isn't a strong enough word for it
at the same time its really good

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15 Vietnam Vietnam Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.

Best spicy peppers

Lots of hot pepper

16 Bhutan Bhutan Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas.

Chili peppers influence this small country's cuisine - ethanmeinster

Hot. No more should be said

They eat the hotest chili like its nothing

17 Ethiopia Ethiopia Ethiopia, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a sovereign state located in the Horn of Africa.

Not a lot of people venture into Genuine Ethiopian cuisine. Those who do probably know Ethiopia serves some of the spiciest foods. You'll feel it well into the next day. Its also happens to be very delicious while catering to both meat lovers and vegetarians. Note that many western restaurants typically water down the spices to make it more tolerable for the masses.

I'm honestly shocked this isn't higher. I've had Ethiopian food at a restaurant once and it was hands down some of the spiciest food that I've had in my life.

Yes Ethiopian commonly use hot chilly, red pepper, various spices for daily meal preparation.

Sure, if by food you mean rocks and twigs on the side of the street...

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18 NEPAL NEPAL Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a sovereign state located in South Asia.

I used to think Indian food is the spiciest, then I went to Nepal on a trip. OH-MY-GOD! Nepali food is extremely spicy and extremely tasty. It's the kind of spiciness that makes one sweat profusely, yet you cannot stop eating.

In a family were I stayed was friendly as well they cooked really mouth burning food, even now I can remember the struggle that I had but the combination of spicy food was almost thumps up..

I am from Nepal and We always eat spicy. At my home we usually put 2-3 spoon of red chili powder and its like wow fiery Spicy. I think Nepal should be in number 1 and more spicy then any country.

Its like the most most spiciest food eating country

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19 Guatemala Guatemala Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast.

The reports are unconfirmed at this point, but it appears we have a new "hottest pepper in the world". It's name is Quetzalacatenango, but in an effort to make it more marketable, it is being dubbed the Guatemalan Insanity Pepper. Rumor has it that this one is hot enough to cause hallucinations (This is what I found but there are those that believe the pepper originally came from India)

You have been fooled 😂 that's only a pepper from Simpson 😁

20 Spain Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.
21 Philippines Philippines The Philippines was established in March 16, 1521 and named in honor of a Spanish King whose name is King Philip of Spain II. It is located at Asia, specifically at Southeast Asia. The capital is Manila. 89% of the people there currently are native, while 11% of people there are foreigners.

Philippines has little bit spicy but they had lots of good spicy food!

There are provinces in the Philippines with people could not eat better without chilies.

The Bicol Express and other soups from the Philippines can be like Thai curries. - ethanmeinster

Philippine cuisines especially Bicol Express is spicy, Sisig, Dynamite and other Filipino dishes when tasted, makes the mouth say "ah what is in here? " Try those dishes and you'll definitely love the spicy blend. But of course, some Filipinos lessen the spicyness of the food,so they can eat the food quite well. Haha

22 Nigeria Nigeria

Nigeria has one of the spicy food in the world

Nigeria has the most spicy food in the world, there is no Nigerian dish without pepper and spices.

My nigerian friend eat a lot of spicy deck...

23 Kuwait Kuwait
24 United Kingdom United Kingdom The United Kingdom (UK) is a sovereign state which consists of the political and economic union of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It was a member of the European Union (EU) from 1973 to 2016. more.

Many British style curries (or rather Anlgo-Indian) that have been heavily influenced by traditional Indian recipes are very hot. Dishes like Vindaloo or Phall are particularly hot (although they vary from restaurant to restaurant). Chilli festivals are relatively common here and until very recently, the Dorset Naga was the world record holder for the hottest chilli. There are plenty of places to eat out that offer hot food challenges as part of their menu (a recent American tradition I think). We may not traditionally have the hottest food in the world, but the the British high-street is full of many different cultural dishes, that the British people love alongside a good mug of ale!

We love spicy! Pepper sauce on everything! We are not shy when it comes to other cuisines and we have some amazing Asian restaurants! Love Indian food!

Indian curries have become really popular in Britain. - ethanmeinster

What! I live in United Kingdom and my food isn't spicy!

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25 Peru Peru Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America, bordered by Colombia and Ecuador to north, Brazil to east, Bolivia to south-east, Chile to south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Peru is mostly known for being where the Inca people originally came from. The capital of more.

How can Peru not be any higher? It's difficult to find a home that doesn't have chilies as part of their daily eating regimen. Charapitas a tiny chili from the Amazon is right up there with any other.

This country should be top 5 best food in the world.

26 Hungary Hungary Hungary is a sovereign state in Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast.

I'm Hungarian. I really like very hot food, like many people here.

27 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago, officially the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is a twin island country situated off the northern edge of South America mainland, lying 11 kilometres just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and 130 kilometres south of Grenada.

This is a joke, you think Trinidad have the hottest pepper for no reason and pepper sauce, pepper go on every thing, just go there and eat a doubles with pepper at the air port, you are going to fly right back to your country after. Serious!

It's essentially Afro-Indian hybrid cuisine. Some of the spiciest dishes in the world come from Trinidad and that's because some of the spiciest peppers in the world are located there. Definitely a must try!

Word. Let them know the real pepper crew from trindad

Went to T&T for a couple weeks, and asked for their pepper sauce first meal. Very hot, but with a great flavor. I ate it on most things. Matouk's sauces I can get sometimes, couple of tablespoons will make any soup dance a calypso on yuh tounge.

28 Georgia Georgia Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region. Located at the crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russian Federation, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The country's capital and a largest city more.

EXTREMELY Spicy food in Megrelia (region in western Georgia). Their food will make you cry (and it is also very tasty, by the way).

29 Somalia Somalia
30 Ghana Ghana Ghana, officially called the Republic of Ghana, is a sovereign unitary presidential constitutional democracy, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa.

All I can say is the food is so spicy. Most times my eyes end up getting watery. But this spicy is good type of spicy.

The food is amazing. It's not only so tasty but it is full of 'African' spices. The pepper used is really hot but is worth the cups of water or milk.

The food,especially there jollof rice ( a type of African rice) and other local dishes,have a lot of pepper that enhances the taste of the food while keeping it at the highest level of hot.

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31 North Korea North Korea The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, is a country in Eastern Asia. Its capital is Pyongyang. It is currently ruled by the dictator Kim Jong-Un, after inheriting the title from his father, Kim Jong-Il, who inherited it from his father, Kim Il-Sung. more.
32 Haiti Haiti
33 Chile Chile Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

It's almost Chili so - Hampus

34 Greece Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.
35 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is an Arab state in Western Asia (Middle east) constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. The official Language is Arabic The capital city is Riyadh.

Arabic food is very spicy and it has the best taste. In Saudi Arabia they have a native spice called sumac which comes in two forms. The first one is a very mild very flavorful spice and the second form of sumac is so spicy it is without doubt the spiciest spice in the world, and it is native to Arabia.

36 Cambodia Cambodia Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Its busy capital, Phnom Penh, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. In more.

No spicy thing in cambodia

We have spicy foods too!

37 Uganda Uganda
38 Iran Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The language is Persian. more.

Nah, Iranian food isn't really spicy...but how did Grece and UK get that high positions?

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40 Russia Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia, while a portion of it remains in Europe. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language. more.
41 Australia Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.
42 Eritrea Eritrea Eritrea officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in East Africa. With its capital at Asmara, it is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast.

Hot hothottohothotohtho

43 Mongolia Mongolia

Food is spicy

44 Germany Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. more.

Germany, has all the spicy sausages, and even some curry (not like the Indian or Thai kind though) - ethanmeinster

They have probably the best chocolate

45 Argentina Argentina Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a federal republic located in southeastern South America.

Ghost Peppers SO SPICE!

46 France France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to more.

It's of course not the spiciest food but so tasty and gastronomy, we all like and we also all love.

47 Belgium Belgium
48 Portugal Portugal Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country on the Iberian Peninsula, in Southwestern Europe.

Piri piri, one of spicest sauces.

49 Austria Austria Austria was Celtic (Hallstadt) then as Noricum, part of the Roman Empire, Alaric, who took over Rome, studied at a monastery near Vienna. In the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperors moved to Vienna, then Austria became separate. Medieval documents from Eastern Europe as far as West Ukraine were often more.
50 Canada Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, more.

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