shakshuka with la chinata smoked paprika


Anyone that knows us and reads our blog will be well aware of how much we enjoy a good brunch! They almost always contain fresh eggs from Michelle’s chooks and this dish is no exception. Shakshuka is a dish originating in North Africa (Michelle’s original pronunciation of this dish is hilarious – Babushka anyone?). Alongside the vegetables we used a selection of  fresh herbs and spices that we like and served ours with a spoon of thick Greek yoghurt. Feel free to experiment using the fresh herbs and spices that you prefer to cook with. We also added crumbly Lancashire cheese, but this dish also works well with feta; you could add preserved lemons; make it what you wish and if you fancy a slice of crusty bread to dip into the egg don’t let us stop you.

We both love spice and a look in my spice drawer will confirm that, however if pushed to pick the spice that I use more than any other it would be smoked paprika, it goes in a lot of dishes I cook and Michelle is no different. We have always used La Chinata smoked paprika, and are never without both the sweet and hot varieties. Their paprika flakes are a new addition to our spice rack and perfect to add a hit of smokiness to a dish, we like to use it in much the same way you would a crack of black pepper to finish a dish.

Smoked Paprika Sweet Fix

Smoked Paprika Hot Fix







Smoked Paprika Mixed Gift Set


Smoked Olive Oil

As part of our giveaways coming up to our 3rd Birthday, we are really pleased to have teamed up with Carlos at La Chinata to offer a selection of prizes to our readers. If you would like a chance to win some of these prizes please comment on this post below telling us which of the giveaways you would most like to win and why (please note that winners will be selected at random and we cannot guarantee which prize you will be allocated). Please then click on the Rafflecopter icon at the bottom of this post and fill in your details.  Terms and conditions are detailed in the Rafflecopter.



Serves 4


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 2 red peppers (sliced)
  • 1/2 aubergine (cubed)
  • 4-5 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tsp La Chinata hot smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 200 ml water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 free range eggs
  • black pepper
  • 80g lancashire cheese (or alternative crumbly cheese like feta or wensleydale)
  • sprinkle of La Chinata paprika flakes
  • 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaf (chopped)


Place the olive oil in a large non stick frying pan over a medium heat, add the onion and peppers and saute for 5 minutes until starting to soften. Add in the garlic and aubergine and continue to fry for the further minute.
Add the smoked paprika and cumin to the vegetables and continue to cook for a few minutes over a medium heat until the vegetables have become soft.
Add the tinned tomatoes along with the water, bayleaves, salt and sugar, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. You want a thick consistency but do not dry out.
Split the mixture between 4 small pans, make a small well in the middle and crack an egg into each pan and season with black pepper. With the heat on low, cover each pan and cook for 10-12 minutes until the egg is cooked through.
Sprinkle over the crumbled cheese, some paprika flakes and fresh herbs. Serve immediately.


We have used hot smoked paprika, you may prefer to use sweet smoked paprika instead.

Feel free to experiment and use whatever herbs and spices you have to hand and that you enjoy eating.


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This recipe has also been shared  Cook Blog Share (hosted by Easy Peasy Foodie and Hijacked by Twins)



  1. alisa moore says

    The Smoked Paprika Mixed Gift Set as we use both hot and sweet, but would love to try the smoked olive oil most though.

  2. Rebecca Miller says

    I’d go with the mixed set. Me and hubby love spice. But the kids not so much. So everyone’s a winner!

  3. Gillian Hutchison says

    Smoked paprika mixed gift set although the hot fix is also tempting. Pity no one else in my house like hot!

  4. says

    I use smoked paprika a fair bit but I have never tried smoked olive oil, sounds very interesting.Good luck with the Giveaway Im doing my first one over on, so do pop over and enter if you have a moment.

    Also I will be guest hosting #CookBlogShare so I do hope you will pop over and share another recipe next week.

    Jacqui x

    • Michelle says

      Thanks Jacqui – will make sure I pop over to your blog too! Thanks for the comment and I agree the smoked olive oil sounds interesting, I am thinking I need to buy myself a bottle to experiment! Good luck with your giveaway and I’ll be over to link up to the #CookBlogShare soon this week!

      Michelle x

  5. says

    Oh I love paprika – especially the smoked kind! A friend of mine gave me a massive tin from a trip to Spain last year and despite the fact I put paprika in practically everything I am still working my way through it!! Not that I’m complaining. This recipe looks fab and I bet it must taste amazing with fresh eggs from your own hens. Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare 🙂 Eb x

    • Michelle says

      Thanks Eb, have to say this is one of my favourite go to lunches or comfort dinners too! And like you I think I add smoked paprika to everything. I love the flakes as they are a perfect hit of spice just to finish a dish! Thanks for the comment and look forward to linking up in the future with #CookBlogShare I’ve already found some great new blogs to read. Cheers Michelle 🙂 x

  6. Cherry Edwards says

    I would love the smoked paprika sweet fix the most, because I love smoked paprika but I’m not so keen on really spicy hot foods so the sweet would be just perfect for me to use.

  7. Farhana Chowdhury says

    Everyone in the family has a different heat threshold so The Smoked Paprika Mixed Gift Set would be my the best option

  8. Barbara Knight says

    Any would be great, but I would probably choose the mixed set just for its versatility.

  9. Jade Adams says

    I’d love to win them for my Wife. She only just started cooking shakshuka as a lean in 15 recipe and loves it. I’ll be sure to pass your recipe on!

  10. Lisa Parker says

    The Smoked Paprika Mixed Gift Set would be my prefence as it would suit my whole family, as we all have difference tastes when it comes to spicy foods and seasonings x

    • Lesley says

      Lisa my family are the same, the kids love the sweet smoked paprika, but my husband and I always add the hot paprika for a kick of spice!

  11. Eleanor Beavan says

    I would love to win the mixed set as I love hot but my partner likes sweet so it would be perfect to have a mixture. There are so many things I would love to make using them, thank you for a great giveaway.

  12. Nora K says

    I would love to try the Smoked Paprika Mixed Gift Set. I love smoked paprika so would love a chance to try all the types. Never knew you could get sweet smoked paprika.

  13. Kristie Metcalfe says

    Smoked Paprika Sweet. I cant handle things that are too hot but i love the flavour of paprika, so this would be great.

  14. Claire Willmer says

    How perfect i would love to win the smoked paprika mixed gift set as i use smoked paprika in so many dishes it has such a lovely taste and adds a great flavour and the smell is fantastic!

  15. rebecca h says

    I’d love to win the smoked paprika mixed gift set! ooo many different dishes can be made with this and me and my husband like varying degrees of heat so this would be perfect! love the recipes!

  16. Sharon says

    I’d really love to try out the mixed set or the olive oil, sound like a great twist to my paella dishes 🙂 x

    • Michelle says

      HI Kirsty, I agree a touch of smoked paprika lifts any dish! Thats why we love the flakes, used like black pepper they left the dish with a hint of smoke and heat.

  17. Sarah Ann says

    They all look great but I’m intrigued by the smoked olive oil. I use a lot of olive oil cooking and I’d love to try it!

  18. Andrea Upton says

    They all look great, but I think I would like to win the mixed set, so I could try them all out!

    • Michelle says

      I do love the subtle smokiness in the La Chinata products, I just don’t find this balance in supermarket brands. Thanks for taking part!

    • Michelle says

      They are all fab I must say and depending on the dish and how I’m feeling I switch between or even combine them! Thanks for taking part!

  19. Donna Caldwell says

    I’d love the smoked paprika sweet fix it sounds perfect for me a little heat and some sweetness perfect

  20. Natalie White says

    The mixed gift set I think, although they all look gorgeous! 🙂 It’s either that or the sweet one as the thought is making my mouth water!

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