Sweet Smoked Paprika

Sweet Smoked Paprika
Sweet Smoked Paprika
Sweet Smoked Paprika Sweet Smoked Paprika
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Smoked Paprika

Smoked Paprika (pronounced "puh·pree·kuh"), Capsicum annuum, are also called sweet paprika, sweet smoked paprika, or smoked sweet paprika.

What is Smoked Paprika

Smoked Paprika is frequently used in the cooking of Hungary and Spain and has risen in popularity in the United States over the past few decades. Closely related to its cousin Hungarian Sweet Paprika, this Spanish paprika chile has been dried, smoked over wood fires and de-seeded. Because the seeds have been removed this does not pack much heat but it does have complex flavors and smoky undertones that are extremely desirable in dishes that call for that flavor but don't need heat. Smoked Paprika is a forgiving spice, so you may need more than you think to get a huge depth of flavor. It's perfect for those times when you're just looking for some subtle smokiness though!

History of Paprika

Paprika is indigenous to tropical areas of the Western Hemisphere, including Mexico, Central America, South America, and the West Indies. In 1494 when Christopher Columbus returned from his second voyage to the New World, he presented paprika to the Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. The King and Queen found these chiles a bit too spicy for their tastes so they passed them on to the monks at the Guadalupe monastery. In turn, these monks shared them with other monasteries throughout Spain and Portugal, but it was not until the 17th century that pimentón, the milled powder from these chile peppers, became more common in Spanish cuisine.

While paprika is probably more popular in Hungry, Spain is generally considered paprika's second heartland. Paprika grown in Hungary is usually sun dried while chiles prepared in the traditionally Spanish way are smoke dried carefully over the course of a few weeks over oak wood fires.

Spanish Paprika Cultivation

The pepper seeds are usually planted in March and harvested in late summer and early fall. Paprika chiles thrive in mild climates where the rain is plentiful. The flavor and heat levels can vary a bit even from the same farm from year to year depending on that year's growing season. Spanish Paprika is harvested between mid September and early November, depending on when they were planted, that season's temperatures, and the amount of rainfall the chiles experienced.

Next to their growing fields, most farmers have small smokehouses with concrete floors and wooden grids several feet above the ground to use in smoking the chiles. Once the paprika chiles are harvested, a fire from slow-burning oak planks is lit on the concrete floor and the peppers are laid out on the grid above the fire. The fire never produces flames, it only smolders, and the chiles are smoked for 10 - 15 days. The smoked dried peppers are removed from the smokehouse, stemmed and seeded and then milled by electrically powered stone wheels which must turn very slowly as heat from friction adversely affects the signature color and flavor of the sweet smoked paprika. The end result is a beautiful paprika with a silky-smooth texture.

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What does Smoked Paprika Taste Like

Rich in chile flavor and has a complexity and depth thanks to its smoky undertones.

How Hot is Smoked Paprika

These chiles are considered a mild chile and come it at 100 to 250 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).

What is the Difference Between Smoked Paprika and Regular Paprika

The difference between the two is that Smoked Paprika is smoke dried over oak burning planks for 10-15 days which imparts a subtle smoky flavor while paprika is either sun dried or heat dried in commercial ovens. Both Smoked Paprika and Paprika are generally considered sweet paprika which means that they have both had their seeds removed prior to grinding. This process lessens the heat level of the chile pepper while also removing some of the bitterness present in the seeds.

Is Smoked Paprika and Chili Powder the Same

No. Chili powder is a blend made up of multiple chile peppers, spices, herbs and often salt while Smoked Paprika is a single type of chile pepper that has no other ingredients added (the exception being that some paprika powders may have an anti-caking agent added to prevent clumping). In addition Smoked Paprika has been smoked over oak wood planks for more than 10 days. Chile powders also tend to pack more heat than Smoked Paprika does.

How do You use Smoked Paprika

The smoky quality of this ground chile will pull you in and even just a pinch or two adds a captivating smoky aroma and flavor to nearly any dish you can imagine. Smoked Paprika is customarily used in making Spanish sausage such as chorizo. It's used in Andalusian cuisine and added to berza, which is a thick black bean soup, fish dishes, ham hocks, a red pepper sauce called "romesco", and a black sausage dish called "morcilla." This is a key spice in sofrito, a base used in many Spanish recipes.

In the United States, many competition barbecuers use Smoked Sweet Paprika as a secret ingredient in their pork rubs. It's a good chile powder to use with beans, in beef and lamb stews, in casseroles, and with chicken. Smoked Paprika is added to meat loaf, vegetables, rice, homemade sauces, soups, salad dressings, egg dishes and with other nightshade family members, especially potatoes and tomatoes.

Smoked Paprika pairs well with allspice, caraway, cardamom, garlic, ginger, oregano, parsley, pepper, rosemary, saffron, thyme and turmeric.

Some of our favorite recipes using Smoked Sweet Paprika are Sweet Pepper Relish, Grilled Home Fries, and Patatas Bravas.

Smoked Paprika Substitute

Other than La Vera Smoked Sweet Paprika there really isn’t another chile powder that can adequately be used. Sure you might find some online sources saying that you can use liquid smoke (really?) or Chipotle Chile Powder but Chipotle chiles tip the heat scale at 5,000 – 8,000 SHU. That’s way too hot. If you are just looking for the vibrant red color but not the heat you could go with another sweet paprika but know going into that choice you won’t get any smokiness.

Ingredients Paprika Chile
Also Called Sweet paprika, sweet smoked paprika, or smoked sweet paprika
Recommended Uses Use in egg dishes, meat loaf, potato dishes, vegetables, rice, homemade sauces, soups, salad dressings, and with tomatoes
Flavor Profile Rich in chile flavor and has a complexity and depth thanks to its smoky undertones
Scoville Heat Units 100 – 250 SHU
Botanical Name Capsicum annuum
Cuisine Cajun, Creole, Hungarian and Spanish
How To Store Airtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life 6-12 Months
Country of Origin Spain
Dietary Preferences Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO


Hungry for More Information

Spice Cabinet 101: Paprika
The Ultimate Guide to Chicken Spices, Herbs, and Seasonings
Spanish Spices and Herbs
What are the Best Chili Spices


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g1%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.5g1%

Dietary Fiber1.0g4%

Total Sugars0.3g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.8 out of 5
106 total ratings.

James B. (Verified buyer) 05/17/2022
Just what I expected. Just what I expected.

Pamela M. (Verified buyer) 03/31/2022
The Smokey smell and flavor The Smokey smell and flavor is awesome. I recommend this paprika be used anywhere you want a little Smokey flavor. Be careful when you open any of the containers, because they are filled to the film and packed down. Everything is wrapped well and packaged with a lot of paper to keep everything secure.

jeffrey s. (Verified buyer) 03/10/2022
the smoke flavor was perfect, the smoke flavor was perfect, the flavor profile was not overcome by smoke, rather, enhanced. my favorite spice on everything!

Michael H. (Verified buyer) 12/02/2021
WILL BUY AGAIN GREAT PRODUCT AT A GREAT PRICE! This is great stuff, I make my own rubs, sausage seasoning, etc. and this product really makes a difference in my home cured, and seasoned meats.

Charles E. (Verified buyer) 11/11/2021
Great taste in everything I Great taste in everything I make.

Susan S. (Verified buyer) 10/27/2021
Important ingredient! This adds so much to a recipe. This is often called for in recipes of my favorite cookbook, Dude Diet & I would skip it. I finally ordered it! Great quality & taste!

Kurt L. (Verified buyer) 10/24/2021
All encompassing use!! Wow. Super flavor! Use it with everything!

Greg B. (Verified buyer) 09/28/2021
You are my first place You are my first place I go to for spices for my seasoning business. Top-notch! This is one of my favorites and I use it often.

Edward G. (Verified buyer) 08/19/2021
I've been purchasing this for I've been purchasing this for years and it's simply just a Excellent paprika, you'll never go back to store bought again.

Edward N. (Verified buyer) 07/25/2021
Great paprika and the Pennsylvania Great paprika and the Pennsylvania pepper sample was awesome and will order some soon!
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