Recipes with Paprika
Hungarian vs. Spanish paprika:
Two of the most common types of paprika are Hungarian paprika and Spanish paprika. Both varieties of the spice are made from dried and ground red peppers but there are differences between the two.
Most of the Spanish paprika varieties that are available in the U.S. are smoked, meaning they have been dried over a fire and then been ground into a powder. Therefore, Spanish paprika adds not only flavor but also a great smokiness to dishes.
The spiciness level of smoked paprika ranges from mild and sweet to hot and spicy, depending on the types of peppers that were used to make it.
Is smoked paprika the same as sweet paprika?
Smoked paprika can be sweet but it can also be hot. AND, sweet paprika can be smoked or not be smoked. That means you always want to check the label on the spice bottle for full information about the product.
What does smoked paprika go with?
One of the best ways to use smoked paprika is in dry spice rubs and seasonings. I find that the spice goes particularly well with chicken, like in this smoked paprika rub for chicken and this chicken wing dry rub.
Smoked paprika also adds great flavor and smokiness to soups and sauces, such as this broccoli sausage soup and this paprika sauce. It's also a great ingredient to use together with melted cheese, like in these stuffed mini peppers.
Hungarian paprika has a sharp and intense paprika flavor without the smoky taste typical of Spanish paprika. It adds spiciness and flavor, like in this pulled chicken recipe or this homemade seasoning salt.
You can also use Hungarian and Spanish paprika together for nice sharp, intense and smoky flavors, like in this cajun chicken marinade.
Cooking with paprika:
Below are some delicious paprika dishes for you to try!
- Spicy Smoked Paprika Sauce for Chicken
- Pork Belly Rub (no sugar)
- Shrimp and Chorizo Tacos
- Dipping Sauce for Andouille Sausage
- BBQ Aioli
- Ground Beef Pasta Sauce (no tomato)
- Ahi Tuna Rub
- Paprika Ancho Spice Rub (sugar-free)
- Cod Spice Rub
- Pulled Pork Dry Rub (sugar-free)
- Cinnamon Chili Spice Rub
- Fennel Spice Rub
- Chicken Paprika Soup (with Leftover Rotisserie Chicken)
- Buffalo Ground Beef Dip with Cream Cheese
- Bacon Remoulade with Fresh Herbs
- Mustard Rib Rub
- Chicken Wing Dry Rub (no sugar)
- Boneless Country Style Ribs Dry Rub (oven, no sugar)
- Blackened Chicken Tenders (stovetop)
- Dry Rub for Chuck Roast (Oven)
- Garlic Paprika Parmesan Butter for Steak
- Chipotle BBQ Dry Rub
- Smoked Paprika Rub for Chicken
- Oven Pulled Chicken Thighs
- Smoked Paprika Aioli
- Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Cream Cheese and Sausage
- Ground Beef Seasoning (All-Purpose)
- Shrimp and Sausage Pasta Red Sauce
- Taco Stuffed Poblano Peppers
- Cajun Chicken Marinade (smoky and spicy)
- Cream Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers with Bacon
- Smoked Paprika Shrimp
- Broccoli Sausage Soup (with Italian Sausage)
- Scallion Aioli
- Chicken Tikka Masala (Dutch Oven & Grill)
- Homemade Seasoning Salt (sugar-free)
- Chunky Chuck Roast Chili (Dutch Oven)