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Asopao is a rice soup, gumbo, or stew from Dominican Republic. Asopao can be made with chicken, pork, beef, shrimp seafood, vegetables, or any combination of the above. A popular version is asopao con gandules.

Asopao was brought over to Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic. Not really a soup, the most traditional Dominican dish is asopao, a hearty gumbo made with either chicken, shrimp, or Gandules. One well-known version, consumed when the food budget runs low, is asopao de gandules (pigeon peas). Every Dominican chef has his or her own recipe for asopao. Asopao de pollo (chicken asopao) takes a whole chicken, which is then flavored with spices such as oregano, garlic, and paprika, along with salt pork, ham, green peppers, chili peppers, onions, cilantro, olives, tomatoes, chorizos, and pimientos. For a final touch, green peas or asparagus might be added.