Smoked Hot Paprika
Our Smoked Hot Paprika comes from Spain, where rounded, spicy red chile peppers are dried in an oak wood-burning oven before being ground. It is bright red in color and tastes smoky and intensely spicy.
Ready to use. Add to taste.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Paprika is a spice that is made by drying and grinding either sweet or hot red peppers (Capsicum annum). Although popular today in many parts of the Americas, Central and Eastern Europe, Paprika was first produced in Spain in the 16th century, after pepper explorers brought back pepper plants from the Americas.
The spice ranges in color, aroma and flavor, depending upon where and from. Our Smoked Hot Paprika comes from Spain, and is of the spicy (or "picante") variety. Its smoky, hot flavor comes from drying round red chile peppers in an oak wood-burning oven before grinding.
Paprika is packed with health benefits. It is rich in vitamins A, E, B6 and C (more vitamin C, by weight, than citrus fruit), as well as capsaicin, the active compound in chile peppers that creates their heat. Capcaisin has been shown to relax blood vessels, which can help lower blood pressure.
Paprika is a key ingredient in several iconic dishes of Central and Eastern Europe. Spanish "patatas bravas," or "spicy potatoes," are a traditional tapas dish made with a spicy paprika sauce. Paprika also provides the color and flavor for one of the national dishes of Hungary, "goulash," a flavorful meat stew. In the United States, paprika is often used as a garnish, sprinkled on top of dishes such as deviled eggs to impart color and subtle flavor. However, its flavor becomes more vibrant when gently heated in oil. It is a popular seasoning in sausages, such as Mexican hot chorizo, because it imparts vivid color and a smoky, spicy flavor.
The simplicity of this recipe’s preparation proves that great flavors don’t require great effort. Cooking the garbanzo beans ahead will make for a quick pick-up and the use of sweet smoky paprika and cayenne give this dish flavor and textural chemistry that is sure to impress.