Paprika is a spice blend made by grinding dried peppers into a powder. The many types of paprika — including mild, hot, sweet, spicy, and more—are made with a different combination of peppers, ranging from the milder bell pepper to the spicier chili pepper.
Here are nine of our favorite ways to use this incredible spice.
1. Mix into a meat rub
Marinate chicken, beef, or pork in olive oil, paprika, chili powder, and salt for at least an hour or overnight, then grill over moderate heat until cooked through.
2. Sprinkle over popcorn
Make the best movie night snack by sprinkling paprika onto homemade popcorn. It’s so much tastier than the microwave version!
3. Season corn on the cob
After grilling corn, slather it in butter and sprinkle with paprika and cotija cheese. Corn on the cob never tasted so good.
4. Garnish deviled eggs
Just before serving, garnish deviled eggs with paprika. It not only looks restaurant-worthy; paprika also adds a touch of spice that’s perfect with the creamy filling inside the eggs.
5. Toss with potatoes
Quarter red and gold potatoes, toss with olive oil, paprika, and salt, and roast at 425°F until golden and crisp.
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6. Flavor meatballs
Add spice and flavor to meatballs by mixing and egg, chopped parsley and mint, paprika, cumin, and cinnamon into a pound of ground beef, then cook over moderate heat.
7. Add into hummus
Add color and flavor to plain hummus with a sprinkle of paprika. Be sure to distribute it evenly so every bite is just as delicious as the next.
8. Toss with mixed nuts
Toss mixed of nuts with olive oil, paprika, chili powder, and salt and roast at 400°F until fragrant.
9. Make a chicken brine
Whisk paprika into buttermilk, add chicken wings and drumsticks, and refrigerate for 8 hours before frying until crisp.