Asopao de Gandules

This is another Puerto Rican dish that I grew up eating and love to make for my family.  So hearty and flavorful.  It is also extremely easy and quick to make, especially on a rainy day.

Gandules are pigeon peas, small beans that are part of the traditional Puerto Rican cuisine.


  • 1 cup gandules (canned, Goya)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3-4 tablespoons Sofrito (the more the merrier)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 potato (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 carrot (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • Half avocado (Mexican)
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)


  • In a medium size Dutch oven or saucepan, add the first twelve ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer on medium-high until the potatoes are tender.
  • Add the rice.
  • Serve and add the avocado and cilantro.



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