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Homemade Arepas

Rated as 4.43 out of 5 Stars

"It was at a New York City hole-in-the-wall eatery where I first fell in love with a stuffed white corn cake. Halfway through my first arepa, one stuffed with black beans, beef, plantains, and salty cheese, I vowed to learn how to make these at home. It's a truly magnificent delivery system for any number of your favorite fillings. I went with some spicy pork and avocado, but I made a version a few days later stuffed with caramelized plantains and salty goat feta."
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20 m servings 96 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings (8 arepas)


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  1. Stir water and salt together in a bowl. Gradually stir corn meal into water with your fingers until mixture forms a soft, moist, malleable dough.
  2. Divide dough into 8 golf ball-size balls and pat each one into a patty about 3/8-inch thick.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Working in batches, cook corn patties in hot oil until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer cooked arepas to a paper towel-lined plate to drain until cool enough to handle.
  4. Slice halfway through each cake horizontally with a thin serrated knife to form a pita-like pocket.


  • Nutrition:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 96 calories; 1 g fat; 20 g carbohydrates; 1.8 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 293 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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my mom is from Venezuela so I'm familiar with arepas and these reminded me of the ones my mom used to make

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Maybe I did something wrong, but I thought these were extremely bland, plus they were kind of sticky in the middle, almost like they weren't cooked enough, but hard on the outside, like they wer...

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my mom is from Venezuela so I'm familiar with arepas and these reminded me of the ones my mom used to make

I make these a couple times a week bc my husband is from Venezuela. These are a staple in Venezuela and can be stuffed with anything from ham and cheese to steak. They are also good stuffed wit...

I'm not Venezuelan, I live in Guadalajara, Jalisco. We are so used to making these, we make quesadillas, and we deep-fry them, slice 'em open and stuff with cubed bistec and very spicy tomato sa...

This is pretty much the recipe from the cornmeal product container. Having said that... you can't really beat it. Sometimes, if only seving as a vessel for salsa, I 'll add some seasoning to ...

great recipe, I always have to fry them a bit longer on each side. i've been eating these at home since I was a kid. In Colombia they eat these with everything. I recently wrote on my blog about...

these are very good especially with cheese.

Made these exactly as described, using coconut oil, and they came out perfect. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Filled some with chorizo, sliced chayotes, and grated cheddar, others ...

I used canola oil because I was out of vegetable oil, still worked!

These are awesome. It pretty much follows the recipe on the bag of masaarepa. They took a little longer to cook... probably 10 minutes per side. We stuffed it with cheese, black beans, and shred...