Cooks who happen to run out of sweet paprika for a dish can substitute other spices, such as ancho chile powder or Chipotle chile powder. In these cases, the chile powders swap evenly for sweet paprika, meaning 1 teaspoon of acho chile powder substitutes evenly for 1 teaspoon of sweet paprika. Additionally, a pinch of cayenne pepper can also substitute for sweet paprika.
Paprika is the result of drying sweet red bell peppers that are typically grown in California, Hungary, South America or Spain. Paprika adds a splash of color as a garnish for foods like cauliflower or mashed potatoes, and it also goes well with foods like chicken, fish, shellfish, lamb and rice. It has a shelf life of no longer than 6 months.