How to Substitute for Sweet Smoked Paprika

Written by athena hessong | 13/05/2017
How to Substitute for Sweet Smoked Paprika
Ground red peppers create the zippy flavour of paprika. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Sweet, smoked paprika is a speciality of Spain created by grinding dried, smoked red peppers. This spice may also be labelled by its Spanish name, pimenton dulce. Replacing this with other ground peppers in your recipe will add a similar heat, but to get the same smoked flavour, add a touch of a smoked, dried ground chilli pepper such as chipotle made from smoking and drying jalapeños.

Replace each 1 tbsp of sweet, smoked paprika in a recipe with 1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika and 1 1/2 tsp cumin. This will lack the smokiness but mimic the sweet heat of the pimenton dulce.

Add an optional pinch of ground chipotle powder to add a smoky quality to the dish. Use sparingly, as this spice is hotter than sweet paprika.

Taste the dish and adjust the seasonings to your preference.

Things you need

  • Sweet paprika
  • Cumin
  • Ground chipotle powder

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