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Aguadito de Pavo, Peruvian Turkey Rice Soup with Cilantro

Aguadito de Pavo, or Peruvian Turkey and Rice Soup is the perfect soup for Thanksgiving leftovers. Using shredded turkey, veggies and rice in a cilantro broth, this “throw it all in one pot” soup is full of flavor, with just a bit of spice.

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Peruvian Roots.

Growing up my husband’s family owned a bakery in Peru. Located in Lima, they sold more than just bread and pastries, they also sold meals, like Arroz con Pollo, and around the holidays, turkeys. Turkey is traditionally the main protein at a Christmas feast in Peru. My husband raves about his mom’s roasted turkey, but what he speaks about more is the soup that they would have the day after Christmas, using up all the turkey leftovers. Aguadito de Pavo brings about fond memories in our house. This Thanksgiving we had a lot of leftover turkey, and we knew that this was the perfect soup to make with it and it is naturally gluten free!

Bowl of Turkey and Rice Soup with Cilantro, Aguadito de Pavo

One Pot Peruvian Turkey and Rice Soup

The wonderful thing about this soup, is it really is you can use what you have on hand. It is a great use for that wonderful turkey stock you (hopefully) made with the leftover turkey bones. Throw in some torn up turkey, cooked rice, vegetables and cilantro and you have a wonderful hearty meal. A word of warning, if you are not using your own homemade turkey stock, be sure to read the label and make sure the turkey stock you are using is gluten-free.

Aguadito de Pavo is a luscious soup made with turkey stock and cilantro, loaded with shredded turkey, vegetables, and rice. Share on X

It wouldn’t be Peruvian if there wasn’t just a bit of spice!

There are two main types of pepper pastes we use a lot at our house.

Aji Amarillo- spicy and a bit sweet

Aji Panca- Smoky, berry like taste.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that in Peruvian recipes a common spice is Aji Amarillo. A paste made of yellow pepper. For this recipe we also Aji Panca. This is another type of pepper. The great thing about these spices is that you can alter the amount of kick by adjusting how much of each you use. If you like it a little spicy, feel free to add some more. These pastes are available at local grocery store in many areas, but can also easily be ordered from Amazon. They have so many uses, you definitely want to keep them around.

Peruvian Turkey and Vegetable Soup
This post was originally posted in December 2015, this photo is from the original post.

Aguadito de Pavo, Peruvian Turkey and Rice Soup is the ultimate in Peruvian comfort food. Next time you have turkey, be sure to make some of this amazing soup. You won’t be disappointed.

If you do not have turkey on hand, you can substitute chicken and chicken broth.

Can’t get enough of soups with rice? Try this Instant Pot Chicken, Mushroom, and Wild Rice Soup from Allergy Awesomeness. Need a lot more soup recipes to fill up your fall meal plan? The Clean Eating Couple has a list of 35+ Healthy Soup Recipes that are sure to fill any soup craving! Of course, if you want to keep trying soups from around the world, this Greek Fish Soup from Cooking LSL is for you!

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Happy Gluten-Free Eating!

Bowl of Turkey and Rice Soup with Cilantro
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Aguadito de Pavo, Peruvian Turkey and Veggie Soup

Aguadito de Pavo, or Peruvian Turkey and Rice Soup is the perfect soup for Thanksgiving leftovers. Using shredded turkey, veggies and rice in a cilantro broth, this "throw it all in the pot" soup is full of flavor, with just a bit of spice.

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Peruvian
Keyword: Aji Amarillo, Aji Panca, Cilantro, Rice, Turkey
Servings: 8
Calories: 221kcal


  • 11 cups Gluten-Free Turkey Stock
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2/3 cup diced onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp aji amarillo
  • 1/2 tsp aji panca
  • 1 and 1/2 cups frozen veggies
  • 2 cups shredded turkey
  • 2 cups cooked white rice


  • Blend one cup turkey broth with one cup cilantro. Set aside.
  • Add olive oil to soup pot and heat over medium heat.
  • Add diced onion, minced garlic, aji amarillo, and aji panca. Saute until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Add cilantro broth mixture. Stir
  • Add the rest of the broth, frozen veggies, turkey, and white rice.
  • Bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until rice pops.


If you do not have turkey or turkey broth, chicken can be substituted.


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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    Don Baiocchi
    October 24, 2019 at 11:23 am

    5 stars
    This really is perfect comfort food. I’ve never tried aji amarillo but I can see myself using that on allllllll the things. 😉

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      October 25, 2019 at 10:51 am

      It adds so much flavor! Definitely a pantry must-have!

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    October 23, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    5 stars
    Dang! This looks like such a tasty soup – can’t wait to try!

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      October 25, 2019 at 10:51 am

      It is amazing. Enjoy!

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    October 23, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    5 stars
    So hearty, comforting and delicious!

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    Raia Todd
    October 22, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    5 stars
    That is a gorgeous soup! Love that cilantro and garlic!

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      October 25, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Cilantro is my love language…So good!

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    Daniela Modesto
    October 22, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! As soon as I saw cilantro, I thought, SOLD! What a wonderful, delicious combination!

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      October 25, 2019 at 10:54 am

      Thanks! It really is one of our favorites!

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    Jean Choi
    October 22, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    5 stars
    Love Peruvian food, and the flavors in this soup is amazing! So comforting too.

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      October 25, 2019 at 10:54 am

      Peruvian food is one of my favorites. It really is the perfect soup!

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    October 21, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    5 stars
    This soup is absolutely gorgeous…I love that you are featuring some of the recipes from Peru :-).

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      October 25, 2019 at 10:56 am

      Thanks! Peruvian recipes are such an integral part of our life, it makes me so happy to share them! Especially ones like this that are so simple to make!

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    November 27, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    What a great way to use up leftover turkey! Will have to try this!

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    November 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    What a fabulous dish for left over turkey.. This looks like the perfect soup when it’s cold outside

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    November 27, 2016 at 1:50 am

    I’m ALL about soup right now – and I love everything spicy. This one seems to hit the spot on both. Thanks so much for sharing this fab recipe!

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    November 27, 2016 at 1:10 am

    This soup looks so hearty and full of flavour! great recipe thanks for sharing!

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    November 26, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Love one pot dinners, especially made of leftovers!!! I have to admit I’ve never had Peruvian food, so I’m excited to give this a try.

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    Paige Strand
    November 26, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Wow I’d love to try this! I’ll make it for next weekend and let you know how it goes 🙂

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    November 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Oh I love love this.. this is the perfect recipe to use left-over turkey after Christmas. I have never used these kinds of spices before so I can’t wait to try this. I think it would be a big hit with my kids

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    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    November 26, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Perfect recipe for all that leftover turkey from christmas or thanksgiving 🙂

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    November 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Yum! This is perfect for leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

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    November 26, 2016 at 1:03 am

    This looks so delicious, comforting, and savory. Can’t wait to make this and cozy up to it next week when it’s snowing!!

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    Cricket Plunkett
    October 24, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Wow, this looks perfect for leftover turkey! I think I know what I’m making after thanksgiving this year!

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    Platter Talk
    October 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Very nice recipe and pictures. Looking forward to trying this recipe out- love the cilantro with the turkey combination.

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    lisa | Garlic + Zest
    July 20, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    This gorgeous soup is exactly what I want to eat for dinner! I can only imagine the savory flavors — will definitely have to give this one a try.

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      July 21, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      It’s delicious!

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    Erica D.
    June 17, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Like others, I have not used these spices. But they sound so appealing! Bookmarking this for after the holidays. I’m sick of traditional turkey noodle soup!

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      June 17, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Great! I hope you enjoy!

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    December 10, 2015 at 1:45 am

    This just looks like a perfect soup for the cold wintery months

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      December 10, 2015 at 6:22 am

      Thanks! It is delicious and will warm you right up.

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    December 9, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Love this delicious and healthy soup, love his smart use of leftover!

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    December 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I’m really excited to make this soup. My husband LOVES cilantro and he’s a big soup guy. It looks amazing. Thanks so much for sharing 😀

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      December 4, 2015 at 9:35 am

      I love cilantro as well, I hope you enjoy!

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    Lisa @ Low Carb Yum
    December 4, 2015 at 4:34 am

    I always check for gluten and carbs in prepared stock as you never what’s added. I love how you kicked up the spices compared to plain turkey soup. Will have to try it out next time we have a bunch of leftovers.

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      December 4, 2015 at 6:52 am

      Gluten is so tricky! It just doesn’t make sense the things they add it to. We love spices around here and all of our traditional recipes use a lot of them!

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    Mark, CompassandFork
    December 4, 2015 at 12:50 am

    We spent 2 wonderful months in Peru and really enjoyed the food. Your soup looks divine and can’t wait to make it. Next month we are featuring our own Peruvian recipes, although no soups like this one. Nice job!

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      December 4, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Peru is such a wonderful country and the food is amazing! I feel very blessed to have married into a Peruvian family that loves to cook. I have several other Peruvian recipes up on the blog and will be adding more. Looking forward to checking out your recipes next month!

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    Sarah - Live Eat Learn
    December 3, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    This looks so cozy 🙂 And Arroz con Pollo was the best meal I had while I was in Peru! Bought it as a little street vendor in Cusco, it was to die for!

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      December 4, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Thanks! Arroz con Pollo is definitely one of my favorite meals. Cusco is fun as well, we stayed there a few years ago while going to Machu Pichu!

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    December 3, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    This looks so yummy! I just used up my leftover turkey the other night but I am totally going to pin this and come back to it. I LOVE anything with cilantro.

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      December 3, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      We are finally out of turkey as well! I am thinking about trying it out with leftover chicken breast next!

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    December 3, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    This looks fab! What a winter treat. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will definitely try.

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      December 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Enjoy! Let me know how it comes out!

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    Laura | Petite Allergy Treats
    December 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Mmm, the color is amazing on this soup! I can almost smell the spices in here. One pot meals are the best!

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      December 3, 2015 at 11:46 am

      I love one pot meals as well! Dishes are not my friend 🙂

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    December 3, 2015 at 12:07 am

    YEs! I love the addition of cilantro in this! I have never tried the various pimientos….now I am curious!!

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      December 3, 2015 at 6:57 am

      They are so good and versatile. ..we use them in almost everything we make!

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