Arepas de Queso


These arepas have a crispy crust while the cheese inside stays melty and gives you that cheese-pull that everyone knows and loves.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
14 arepas


  • 1 (8 ounce) package low-moisture mozzarella cheese

  • 2 cups pre-cooked white cornmeal (such as P.A.N.®)

  • 2 ½ cups warm water

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • ¼ cup canola oil, divided


  1. Shred 3 ounces of the mozzarella and cut remaining 5 ounces into 1/2-inch cubes. Transfer shredded cheese to a large bowl and cubed cheese to a medium bowl.

  2. Add cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, and warm water to the shredded cheese and mix to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes to allow cornmeal to absorb liquid. The mixture should resemble soft Play-Doh.

  3. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).

  4. With damp palms and fingers, place 1/4 cup arepa mixture into your palm and flatten into a 2 1/2-inch disk. Place 3 to 4 cubes of the mozzarella into the center. Gently fold edges of dough over to cover mozzarella cubes completely, patting to form a cake. Repeat until all dough and cheese has been used.

  5. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 3 or 4 arepas and cook until both sides are golden brown and charred in spots, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove to a parchment-lined baking sheet and season with a pinch of the remaining salt. Place in the preheated oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining oil, arepas, and salt.

Cook's Note:

These can be stuffed with so many fun things. Think braised meat, other cheeses, etc.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

127 Calories
7g Fat
12g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 127
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 306mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
Calcium 126mg 10%
Potassium 14mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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