Paprika is made by drying and grinding a specific type of red pepper found originally in Central America. The peppers used for making Hungarian Paprika are closely related to the Pimento. The Spanish brought Paprika to Europe where the Hungarians quickly adopted it into their national cuisine.
There many varieties of paprika and you can use any of the paprikas in any recipe that calls for paprika depending on your own tastes.
Some of the common recipes that you will find Paprika in are soups and stews, Paprikash, Hungarian Cabbage Rolls, Thai Curry Sauce, Hungarian Goulash. as well as in egg dishes, poultry and shrimp. It gives flavor and color to dishes. Paprika is used in cream based sauces and soups. You also find paprika in many BBQ sauces and other spice blends.