Paprika Substitutes

Paprika Substitutes

This article provides an overview of paprika, what it tastes like, its availability, alternative names, and of course what other ingredients make paprika substitutes.

What is Paprika?

Paprika is a spice made up of dried and ground-red peppers. Paprika has been around for centuries and was traditionally made from the species Capsicim annuum, which all descended from North America, in particular Central Mexico.

Paprika is used in many dishes worldwide, especially as a seasoning and coloring. It can be added to rice, stews, meats, curries, and dips, or used as a garnish.

What does Paprika taste like?

Paprika’s heat can range from mild to very hot and the flavor can vary depending on country and variety. Some paprika is sweet and peppery in taste, while others have a deep smokiness and earthy flavor.

Is Paprika readily available in Supermarkets?

Paprika should be readily available in a powdered form in supermarkets, where it is usually found in the herbs and spices aisle.

What are some alternative names for Paprika?

There are no other alternative names for paprika in the English language, however in other languages, paprika may also refer to the plant and fruit.

What is a good substitute for Paprika in recipes?

Luckily, there are a number of great substitutes for paprika. These include:

  • The best substitute for paprika is other types of chili pepper, however, you will need to use it in smaller quantities
    • Cayenne Pepper
    • Chili Pepper Flakes
    • Chipotle Chili Powder
    • Ancho Pepper Powder
  • Black Pepper will also work well (the courser the better)
  • Kashmiri Mirch