Good morning everyone! Today I’m going to show you how to make arepas. Arepas are delicious corn patties that can be opened and stuffed with pretty much anything you can imagine. Arepas are super popular in Colombia and Venezuela. They can be eaten during anytime of the day be it breakfast, dinner or even as a snack.This is a super simple recipe and can be whipped up in no time. When I make arepas I like to make a big batch so that they will last the whole week.
I love my arepas stuffed with melty mozzarella cheese. It’s simple yet very satisfying. Beans, shredded meat, and tuna could also be stuffed in the arepa. Some like it with just butter. However you choose to enjoy your arepas they are sure to be delicious!
You will need a bag of this P.A.N. in order to make them. I found some at Kroger. You could also find it at any hispanic grocery store.
How to Make Arepas
Follow the instructions on the back of the package. Mix until you have a smooth dough. Shape the dough into equal sized balls you should have between 8-10 depending on how big you make them. You can use a tortilla press to flatten these but I didn’t feel like getting mine out. So what I did was put it between two sheets of plastic from a ziploc bag. Then I used a heavy cast iron skillet to flatten them. Don’t flatten them super thin because we have to open them later to stuff them. If they’re super thin it will be difficult to open them without them breaking.
Cook the arepas on a skillet over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes on each side.
It’s important not to cook them on very high heat because then the outside of the arepa would be cooked but the inside would be uncooked. By cooking them on medium heat for several minutes the inside of the arepa has time to cook properly while the outside browns a little.
or you could cook them on an electric griddle which is what I’ve been doing recently. I like using my electric griddle because it’s so much faster as I can cook up to eight at once.
After cooking let them cool down then you can slice them open and stuff them with your choice of fillings.
I like arepas with anything and everything but my favorite is simple just some shredded mozzarella. Then I put it in the oven until melted and it’s ready. Some of my arepas were a little on the thin side but luckily they didn’t break. It’s not absolutely necessary to open then. You could always just put the shredded cheese on top. Much easier that way.
All it needs is a little salsa and I have the perfect afternoon snack right here. After melting the cheese in the oven the top half of the arepa becomes a little crispy if you want to avoid that I suggest not opening the arepa and just topping it with cheese instead. You may also like my recipe for cheese quesadillas.
I really hope you have enjoyed this post on how to make arepas. Arepas have become one of my favorite things to make in 2018. My husband and I really enjoy them! I hope you will too! If you like these arepas you may also like my post on how to make gorditas. Thank you so much for reading! Until next time! Besos!
how to make arepas
Arepas are a delicious and popular food in Colombia and Venezuela. Once you try them you will see why.
- 2 cups pre-cooked corn meal such as P.A.N.
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
Pour the water into a mixing bowl. Add the salt to the water. Now slowly add the corn meal while mixing. Continue to mix until you get a nice smooth dough.
Let the dough rest or a few minutes.Then divide into 10 equal sized balls.
Cut out 2 squares of plastic (I used a ziploc bag for this). Put a dough ball on one of the plastic squares then top with the other square. Then take a heavy bottomed pot to flatten the dough. Transfer the flattened arepa to a skillet over medium heat and cook for five minutes on each side. They should be lightly browned. Then transfer to a plate to cool. You could also do this with an electric griddle.
Repeat the above process with the remaining dough balls. Once the cooked arepas are cool enough to handle use a knife to cut them open. Stuff them with your favorite fillings and enjoy!
Store any leftover arepas in the fridge.