Can I substitute regular paprika for sweet paprika?  

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There are three basic types of paprika, which happens to be one of the most consumed spices in the world. You can get sweet, spicy or smoked paprika. If a recipe doesn't specify, chances are it is calling for "sweet" Hungarian paprika.

Smoked paprika, a Spanish ingredient, is a wonderful way to add deep smoky flavor to food, and spicy paprika, obviously, carries a kick.

Recipe: Chickpeas and Spinach with Smoky Paprika 

Marge Perry
Nov, 2011
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