Paprika is a spice made from dried and ground red bell peppers or chili peppers. It has a vibrant reddish-orange color and a mild to moderately spicy flavor, depending on the variety. Paprika is commonly used in cooking to add color and flavor to a wide range of dishes, including stews, soups, meat dishes, and vegetables. It is often used in Hungarian, Spanish, and Indian cuisines, among others. Additionally, paprika is rich in antioxidants and can provide a subtle smoky or sweet taste, depending on the type and origin.