Top 10 Countries with the Spiciest Food

The Top Ten
1 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. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. The most spoken languages are Hindi and English, but there are 22 official Indian languages.

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 you eat food which is nothing like spicy so you feel our common everyday food spicy but really 5 year olds will eat it easily.

Spicy, flavor, authentic and aromatic dishes available in India.

Wherever you go in India, which ever the place or state is ; you will get spicy dishes spicy.

Mostly they use chilies, turmeric, tymol seeds, fresh ginger, coriander seeds, asafoetida, cumin seeds, poppy seeds, fenugreek, fennel seeds, black pepper, nutmeg, mustard seeds, carom seeds, bay leaves, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, paprika, mace, allspice, sesame seeds, lentils, cayenne, thyme, saffron, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sago, lemon grass, white pepper etc...



Indian food is the best spicy food in the world. It is not only spicy but tastes good.
Don't get worried. Spicy means, food with various flavors of Pepper, Chilly, Garlic, Coriander, Cardamom and so on.
The quantity and extent of spice is always up to one's choice.

Different food preparations of pure vegetarian and non-vegetarian. All tasty and mouth watering.

2 Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.

Mexicans are used to having chile, or salsa, or some hot dip or something, anything that adds hotness to whatever they're eating. They even add powdered chile to their ice cream, this is nuts. No matter what they're eating they'll want it spicy.

When they're snacking things like crisps/chips or fruit it's very normal to completely drown what they're eating in some hot sauce like Valentina (either the yellow or the unbearably hot black Valentina) and continue like it's no big deal.

Tabasco, habanera, chile serrano, etc; these are child's play to them. Most of my Mexican friends remain completely unfazed by things like wasabi.

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.

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!

3 Thailand Thailand, historically known as Siam and officially the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country in Southeast Asia, located at the centre of Mainland Southeast Asia, spanning 513,120 square kilometres (198,120 sq mi), with a population of almost 70 million. The country is bordered to the north by Myanmar and more.

Its about who has the spiciest food in their everyday dishes. Anyone can just toss a bunch of peppers on a dish and say they have the spiciest food but they rarely ever eat it like that. Thais incorporate extremely spicy flavor in everyday dishes and eat them consistently.

Papaya salad is the spiciest dish I have ever had - Fresh chiles are spicier than cooked. Also some Thai soups are extreme and my favourite Thai dish pad kaprow (pork with basil and birds eye chiles) is also quite spicy. Indian cuisine is the second spiciest. If they use bhut jolokia in any dish, don't buy it. You will die...

Don't underestimate the small chili pepper. thai people can hold their spiciness. I realised that australian thai spicy is nothing compared to spicy in thailand. mind you I am a male and one dish left my tongue numbing 20 minutes after and I teared up a bit

Sawasdee Krap, Thai friends! Thai food gives me intensity because it promotes me longevity & endless stamina for me to work the hardest. It's intensely delicious! Rock on for the best spiciest food, Thailand!


4 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.

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.

Malaysia's food mostly has something to do with chilly. They use chillies in sambals, curry, soup, main course and many other dishes. They also use a lot of spices in their food too. Like herbs and cinnamon.

Once you taste Malaysia's traditional food, you feel like you're in the real side of Asia. That's what they say, "Malaysia, Truly Asia".

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.

Haha, We have China, India, Malay, Indonesia Spiciness and hotness Combine man. We live in a multi-cultural country. I'm sure we have the hottest food.

5 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.

I'm imagining 'spicy' here means hot. There's hardly any competition if you have tried much of all the cuisines on this list. Except for some north-eastern tribal cuisines in India dishes in no cuisine so consistently use such hot chilies in every dish. North Indian food does not even come close, some south Indian dishes although are close.
Sichuan, Hunan and Thai cuisines all have very spicy dishes but majority of the food are mild. The case for mexico and Indonesia is very relative; most people eat food consisting a lot of 'mild' chili condiments(which they consider 'hot' subjectively). Some sambals could get fiery but the addition is up to the person. Same goes to salsas.
You're joking about USA (yes having a lot of hot sauces doesn't mean food is as hot as other countries.).

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.

Damn they put so much chili powder. It tastes like South Indian food but even a little spicier. My moms Tamil so the food of Sri Lanka is quite reminiscent.

Undoubtedly! Our food takes the top shelf when it comes to spice level! To be honest! I've tried, Mexican, Indonesian, indian and you name it but for me they taste like candy! We take spiceness to the next level!

6 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and borders 14 countries, the second most of any country in the world after Russia. Covering an area more.

China is the world's largest grower and consumer of chillies. The average every Chinese eats about 22 kilos chillies per year. There are thousands of cuisines about chillies in China. There's no such a country can eat chillies like China.

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.)

Sichuan hot pots, and Sichuan cuisine in general. Hunanese is also spicy too. And General Tso's, even though it's not authentic, it's Chinese influenced.

7 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. Its western border is formed by the Yellow Sea, while its eastern border is defined by the Sea of Japan. South Korea claims to be the sole legitimate government of the entire peninsula and adjacent islands. It has a population of 51.75 million, of which roughly half live in the Seoul Capital Area, the fifth largest metropolis in the world. Other major cities include Incheon, Busan, and Daegu. more.

This one should be the first on the list, I find it even spicier than Indian food, especially their noodles and kimchi. I tried their Shin ramen and fire noodles, and they were unbearably spicy, that I had to eat an ice cream to cool own my tongue. And I once tried kimchi, that made me gag. But I love their croquettes, cheese sticks, pancakes, hot dogs, and strawberry milk, basically anything less spicy and more mild.

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.

Almost everything there is a little spicy, but usually manageable for most people. For super spicy food, there are several interesting places, such as Singil Jjamppong. This is quite challenging, even for many Koreans. You get your picture on the wall of the restaurant if you finish the dish. And there is a board that indicates the monthly count of people that fainted while or after eating the famous Jjamppong...

Yes. But the averse Koreans food is actually much spicier than the average Chinese food. Many Chinese food is fried, many Korean food is rich in spices and pepper flakes even if the dish is not spicy. And Japanese cuisine features many sweet foods even though they have spicy foods.

8 Jamaica Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. Spanning 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, it is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the Caribbean (after Cuba and Hispaniola). Jamaica lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 more.

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

The scotch bonnet peppers are everywhere!

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!

9 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.

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!

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.

As an Indonesian who have lived in Bangkok for a year, I can confidently say I've never find thai food spicy at all. Even when we go to thai restaurant and requested our thai friend to ask the chef to make it very very spicy yet still we were utterly disappointed.

10 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.

Whoever did this list never have an Ethiopian food before. Ethiopian food is very spicy and delicious too even people who usually est spicy foods claims it's too hot for them. Our food is the food of the Gods.

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.

The Contenders
11 Tunisia Tunisia, officially the Tunisian Republic or the Republic of Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa, covering 165,000 square kilometres.
12 Bangladesh Bangladesh, officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia. It is the eighth-most populous country in the world, with a population exceeding 163 million people in an area of either 148,460 square kilometres (57,320 sq mi) or 147,570 square kilometres (56,980 sq mi), making more.

Best food I've ever tried. Explosions of flavours within every meal. I remember eating Guavas here once, but as always, people here need something to boost up the taste, so they added this special type of chilli. Ever since, Guava has been my favourite fruit.

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.

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

I'm from India and I think Bangladeshi's got the best foods and has spicier food than India they are very tasty!

13 Bhutan Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered by China to the north and India to the south. Nepal and Bangladesh are located in proximity to Bhutan but do not share a land border. The country has a population of over more.

They have a famous dish that is entirely cooked with chilli and cheese - hotter that better for them.

Hot. No more should be said

14 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 British Empire in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. They won their independence in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris. Its capital, Washington D.C. (District of Columbia) is defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings including the iconic ones that house the federal government's 3 branches: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Though it has no official language, English and more.

To the people saying there are no spicy cuisines in the USA must have only ate a McDonald's hamburger and thought that was the only food we eat. We have Midwest, New England style cooking. We have Southern cooking and Soul Food, Cajun and Tex-Mex cuisines to name a few. Down south almost every restaurant has a bottle of Tabasco on the table. If you never ate Cajun Jambalaya or a bowl of Gumbo with Andouille sausage or never had a bowl of Texas 2 alarm chili you can,t say the US does not have any spicy cuisines. In the Midwest we love our brats with hot mustard " Mister Mustard Hot Mustard" that will burn your nose off or Atomic Horseradish - Extra Hot on beef will blow your head off it's so hot. We are one country with a lot of cuisines.

If you say that America has no spicy food, you obviously haven't looked very hard. Parts of it have few spicy foods, like the northeast and midwest, but other parts, like the south, have extremely spicy foods. I'm from Louisiana, and our cuisine is saturated by cayenne pepper, tabasco pepper, black pepper, jalapeno pepper, and habanero pepper, not to mention other typical spices. I've been to China and had Sichuan hot pot among other spicy Chinese foods. None of them touched the spiciest of our foods. I've only been to Europe and China which I know is a small sample, but of those places, the U.S. takes the cake, or at least certain parts of it.

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.

The funniest things is that the spiciest foods we have come from India. Although, we do have the spiciest pepper. And yes, we can eat spicy foods. Saying otherwise is racist and disrespectful.

15 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are located in Pakistan.

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.

Not spicy, but a perfect blend of spice and food's original taste. Tried brain masala her in Sydney, turned out to be most amazing dish I've ever had in my life.

We Pakistani love spicy foods. Indian and Pakistani most of recipes are common. In Pakistan 3 major cities famous for traditional food recipes like 1- Lahore, 2- Gujranwala, 3-Karachi.

Number 16th? WoW! I thought Pakistan had to be at the top of the list. I agree India and Pakistan have almost the same recipes.

16 Italy Italy, (Italian: Repubblica Italiana), is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe.

Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2. With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the 3rd most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. The Capital and largest city is Rome. Other major cities are Milano, Naples, Turino, Venice, Florence. Italy's official language is Italian.

The contribution of Italy to Western civilization is immense. Italy is the cradle of Etruscan civilization, the Roman Empire, the Holy See, the Maritime Republics, the Humanism and Renaissance. Along with Germany and France, it was part of the Holy Roman Empire (25 December 800 - 6 August 1806).

Existing as a unitary State since the Risorgimento (renaissance or resurrection) in 17 March 1861, Italy is a republic since the abolition of the Italian monarchy by referendu, in 1946. more.

There is no more flavorless food than Italian food.
Come in my country India, and here you'll see what's about spicy food.

I worked in this hole country named Italy, they are all eating pasta at any meal each day of the year and except going in a pizerria for eating a insipid pizza.
And for the rice, what's a shame their so called rozoto is such ridiculously a redneck dish. When I try to cook for them a real curry with Basmati rice, they did not eat, because they said that rice must be cook as risoto way, that's the tradition.. Outdated tradition.

So basta Italy.

Have you tried spice itself? It taste AWESOME! I'm being sarcastic. Spice is good for Italian food more than anything else.

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

Is there's really a spicy food in Italy?

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

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.

Nepalese food are very spicy and delicious. They even have spicy candies as a snack and have green chilli with every meal despite knowing the fact that there is already a chilli in the dish or meal.

I love spicy candies. I can live on that all day.

We Nepalese, don't get satisfied with our meal if its not spicy. And there are those small chillies in Nepal which is Extremely Spicy. I remember back in Nepal, me and my family used to eat like 4 of them per plate of meal. Now I'm currently in Bangkok,Thailand. I don't think Bangkok wins Nepal in its Spicyness.

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..

18 Nigeria Nigeria, an African country on the Gulf of Guinea, has many natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. Protected areas such as Cross River National Park and Yankari National Park have waterfalls, dense rainforest, savanna, and rare primate habitats. One of the most recognizable sites is Zuma Rock, a 725m-tall more.

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

Pepper is bae. If there's no pepper in the food, its not food!

Nigeria with the spice!

19 Saint Lucia Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean.
20 Vietnam Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam had a lot of spicy peppers but very expensive.

Best spicy peppers

Lots of hot pepper

21 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)

22 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.

Why is Japan even on this list? People are complaining that Westerners cannot handle spice. But the Japanese tolerance for spice is even less. In fact I can only think of three "spicy" foods. One is wasabi and the other is shichimi and another is Kardashian's mustard. these are condiments and therefore optional and some Japanese don't even use them. Traditional Japanese food is not spicy in the least. Exceptionally delicious, and some of my favorite food in the world. But spicy? Not. At. All.
"Spicy tuna roll" is a Western creation and I have never seen it in Japan. And Japanese curry is usually not spicy. I facepalmed hard that Japan was so high on this list.

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

Spicy tuna roll and Japanese curry.

23 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.

Hot and hungry bah dum chi!

24 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.

Hotter than me

25 Philippines The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean and consists of around 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. more.

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

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.

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

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