Paprika, Smoked Hot Spanish - Certified Organic


Much like our large selection of cinnamon, we carry a diverse collection of paprika. To those who are only used to seeing paprika sprinkled on their devil eggs you probably can't tell the difference between paprikas, but for true aficionados of paprika there’s a world of difference found in the subtle nuances of each variety of paprika.

Paprika is a spice made from the ground chiles of the genus Capsicum annuum and is frequently associated with Hungarian cuisine. Paprika chiles are indigenous to the Americas, and both the Portuguese and the Spanish brought them back to the Old World.

Today, paprika can range from mild to hot in heat with sophisticated flavors that will differ from which region they are grown. Most types of paprika are now also produced with a sweet variety. A "hot" paprika contains more seeds and ribs while a sweet paprika typically has about half as many seeds and fewer ribs. Up until the 1920's paprika was generally only found "hot". A Hungarian breeder from Szeged discovered a paprika plant that produced a sweeter fruit which he grafted onto other paprika plants and began growing these sweeter parika chiles in larger quantities.

Our Smoked Paprika Hot (also called picante) is a Spanish Paprika that has been smoked the traditional way – without the short cuts often found in the larger commercial paprika productions. Freshly harvested ripe red pimento peppers are dried in low-lying, adobe smoke houses that are heated by smoking grills fired with slow-burning oak planks (this is also known as cold smoked). Next it is on to a repeated grinding between stones which results in its signature silky smooth texture.

The end result is a deep, dark earthy red color with a touch of heat (about 500 - 1,000 on the Scoville Heat Units). Now don’t think of this as a “burn your face off” type of heat like you might get with some chiles. This is more of a seductive heat that draws you in. Its characteristic dark red color spreads evenly throughout any dish.

Our Smoked Paprika (Hot) is complex, rich and smoky with slightly pungent undertones.

Paprika is used mainly to add coloring and some flavoring to a dish and is popular in the cuisines of Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Morocco, Portugal, South Africa, Serbia, Spain, Romania and Turkey.

Smoked Paprika adds an authentic flavor to Spanish style paellas. It’s also a key ingredient in Spanish chorizo sausage and lomo pork loin. In American cuisine Smoked Paprika has recently become a secret ingredient used to season pork barbecues, chicken kebabs, and hearty beef and lamb stews. Some of the other creative ways to use Smoked Paprika – tomato soup, guacamole dip, smoked paprika butter or add to vinaigrette for your salad.

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

Many home chefs will keep their paprika in the fridge after opening in the belief that it helps preserve the darker red color. This is not something that we do with our own paprikas. .

Some of our favorite recipes using paprika are Smoked Chicken Paprika, Spanish Saffron Chicken, Puerto Rican Chicken and Low Carb Black Bean Casserole.

CERTIFIED ORGANIC: Certification is your guarantee that this product has been grown and processed according to strict guidelines established in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. Before a product can be labeled Certified Organic, farmers and processors must meet the following requirements:
No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years.
Farmers and processors pass yearly inspections by an independent certifying agency.
Farmers and processors keep detailed records of operations.
Farmers maintain a written organic management plan.


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If you are unhappy for any reason, please contact me (Marty) at 702-370-0035. Since most of our items are classified as food items, we can only do returns if we mistakenly sent the wrong item.

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