9 Substitutes For Smoked Paprika

In most of the instances, you got to use smoked paprika to improve the taste and the color of your dish. The unique thing about smoked paprika is that it is smoky and provides a spicy flavor.

You need to know a variety of smoked paprika substitute in case you run out of it since they’re hard to find them in most of the groceries. You also need to know the ingredients that are used to make smoked paprika.

The ingredients include dried chili pepper that is blended together. You can use smoked paprika mainly in stew, soups, chili and paella. In case you run out of smoked paprika the following substitutes can be used.


#1 Ancho Chili Powder

This is one of the best substitutes for smoked paprika since it provides a milder spice level and more intense smoky flavor. Its dark reddish brown chilly is widely used in Mexican cuisine. I definitely like the color and the taste since one can also mix it with California chilly to lighten it up.

#2 California Chili Powder

This substitute is not just one of the best options for its bold flavors and dark red color, but it can also be used in place of ground guajillo. I personally fall in love with the taste that it brings to the dish.

It can also compliment the flavors of Asians, Indians, Mexican or any southern dish. You can use it with oregano, cumin and garlic powder. In case you want your dish to have a smoky aroma with just the right amount of bitterness I would prefer a California chili powder. I use it to make the best sausages and steak rub.

#3 Guajillo Chile Powder

This is one of the most commonly used peppers in Mexico. The unique thing about this paper is that it offers the tangy flavor of cranberries, including the smoky aroma of paprika and the sweet taste of tomatoes. This is why I like it so much as I make the dish to taste and look marvelous making it of the best substitute for smoked paprika. It works best with soups rubs and stews

#4 Cayenne Pepper Powder

Most of the people do not prefer this substitute me being one of them since it has a medicinal property and helps in the weight loss of an individual. While most of the people would not prefer this to happen to their body.

It is mostly used to add an intense level of heat to any kind of dish. The ingredients used to make this pepper include dry chili pepper. It is also ground into fine powder, in case you are using the fine powder you need to mix it with a little sample of cumin to bring the bittersweet taste.

#5 Chipotle Pepper Powder

This is considered to be one of the best substitutes for smoked paprika. Its uniqueness can add more than just spice to your dish. It will give it a deep color and right smokiness to your stew and soups. I use this substitute of smoked paprika many a times simply by measuring a thirst teaspoon for every teaspoon of paprika.

#6 Garam Masala

It is mostly used in South Asia and Mediterranean dishes since it is a very versatile blend of spies. The blend is made up of ingredients such as cumin, coriander seeds, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper and cardamom, but some people prefer dried chilies to be used as a substitute in making Garam masala.

lts uniqueness makes it one of the most outstanding substitutes for smoked paprika. It is a great substitute if you want to give your dish much flare in it. You can use Garam masala to cook a really healthy vegan or a vegetarian dish.

#7 Hungarian Half-sharp Paprika Powder

This is one of the best substitutes for smoked paprika. It makes the food to be perfect. I’ve been using it for at least a period of one year now and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. It mixes well with beans, chickpea stew and even spinach. The best thing about Hungarian half-sharp paprika powder is that the least amount you use just works well for the food. In order to get a milder flavor you can mix it with sweet paprika.

#8 Ghost Chili Pepper Powder

The other name for this substitute of smoked paprika is naga bhut jolokia. It is one of the best amongst the substitutes. The only important thing to note while using it is that the ground version should be used sparingly, since it gives a higher amount of heat units. So, one need to handle it with a lot of care. The only thing that I can assure you is that when you follow the instruction it is one of the best.

#9 Organic

This is mainly used in domestic type. It is the easiest to make in all the substitutes of smoked paprika. The only ingredient that you need to include smoked and dried chili peppers and a coffee grinder. You need to follow the procedure below.

  • You need to dry the red pepper in a smoker.
  • Keep them in a cool place in order to dry uniformly.
  • Break them into small pieces by removing the seeds and the stems.
  • Put the peppers in powder form then keep it in a tightly sealed container.

Final Thought

What I know is that chipotle pepper powder is just marvelous as it brings a unique taste to the dish and I really liked it for sure. I hope you can give it a try and I guarantee you the best result at any time. But above all the substitutes are just incredible and will recommend all of you to use them in place of smoked paprika. I hope you will like the taste of uniqueness that the substitutes will bring to your dish.

I would prefer if you share this entire information with anyone near you like friends and family members since it’s of a great benefit to all.

Jessica Leary

I’m Jessica, I’ve been a foodie since I was young. That explains my passion for the food movement and food blogs. In addition to being a content creator and recipe developer, I’m also into food photography and blogging. I’m an exercise enthusiast, wine aficionado, and green smoothie addict. The fact that I’ve tried countless recipes is what makes me passionate about food blogging. I write on anything related to food.

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