If you’re looking to break up the monotony of your average spice rack, now is time to kick it up a notch by exploring hot and spicy peppers, powders and seasonings. Follow this guide to get fresh ideas for every taste level. From medium and hot, to downright fiery, this list has it covered. However, I must warn you, if you have the courage to try the world’s hottest pepper, do so at your own risk!

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper is named for the city of Cayenne in French Guiana, from where it originates. Sold in dried or powdered form, cayenne pepper is a great spice for seasoning shrimp, chicken and other grilled meats. It’s also tasty to add into stir fry’s and sauces for a medium to hot kick.

Aji Rojo

Frequently used in Peruvian cooking, aji rojo can be compared to cayenne pepper from a heat perspective. It’s often used to make sauces or simply chopped and served in everything from salads to main dishes.

Black Pepper

For anyone looking to add spice for the first time, black pepper is a great place to start. It’s not as hot or strong as other spicy peppers and spices and it’s easy to moderate the use. For those with a sensitive stomach, try black pepper before anything else.

Jamaican Jerk

From the beautiful island known for its beaches and reggae music, Jamaican jerk is a seasoning not for the faint of heart. If you can handle it, it’s a nice spicy seasoning to go into any Caribbean cuisine you’re planning to serve up.

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