The Ghost chili in a vintage and colorfully surreal still life. Original photograph with color and texture added. The Ghost chili or ghost pepper, formal name (Bhut Jolokia) is one of the hottest peppers in the world. It used to be THE hottest pepper but is now tied with the scarily named: Trinidad Moruga Scorpion or Scorpion pepper for short. With a scoville rating of 1,041,427 units, this atomic pepper is not to be trifled with. A popular ingredient for salsa, spicy cuisine, sauces, smoke bombs and biological weaponry. Now that’s versatility!