What Does Paprika Taste Like?

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In this article, we're covering paprika. You'll learn about the taste, texture and different kinds of paprika you can buy. Want to know how to boost the flavor of your favorite recipes with this spice? We'll tell you all about that, too.

Let's get started...


There are a few broad categories that paprika falls under: sweet, spicy and smoked. Sweet paprika is usually made from sweet bell peppers while spicy paprika is made with chili peppers.

No matter what type of paprika it is, it will taste a bit like the pepper it's made with. Smoked paprika, on the other hand, will be mostly smoky and taste similar to chili powder. 

Both sweet and spicy paprikas can be smoked, and if you find that you like any type you try, it's worth taking a trip to a specialty spice store that sells paprikas from around the world.

Paprika Texture





Have you ever heard of chicken paprikash? This is a vegan take on the Hungarian dish, creamy, savory and delicious.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Chickpeas
  • Olive oil
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Paprika (any type you like)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Vegetable broth
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper

Paprika is the kind of spice you want for vegan cheeses. This one features smoked paprika for a rich flavor.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Water
  • Oats
  • Sweet potato
  • Red bell pepper
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Smoked paprika
  • Sea salt
  • White pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Lemon juice
  • Agar agar powder

Wrap Up 

Paprika comes in three main types: sweet, smoked and spicy. It's one of the most adaptable spices in your kitchen, excellent on breakfast potatoes, in vegan stews and in virtually any meal. Make chickpea paprikash on a comfort food night, and don't forget the smoked paprika for vegan cheese.

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