How to Make Arepas (with a twist)

Arepas are made with corn flour, and usually stuffed with cheese, and several other fillings.  I learned how to make arepas from a dear Colombian friend that also lived in Venezuela for several years.  That is why my recipe has a twist, because it is not quite traditional, but oh so tasty!

I have an arepa maker that cooks the arepas, but you can also cook them in a pan or griddle.  This recipe makes about eleven arepas.



  • Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and combine well with your hands, until the mixture is smooth (see picture below).
  • Form balls and place them on the arepa maker (or flatten them and place them in an oiled pan).
  • If cooking them in the arepa maker, set the timer to 15 minutes or until golden.


  • Butter
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Creamy Avocado –  Combine all ingredients
    • 3 avocados (mashed)
    • 1/3 cup mayo
    • 2 tablespoons red onion (finely chopped)
    • 1/3 cup tomatoes (chopped)
    • Salt to taste
  • Veggie Meat/Seitan

Add all the ingredients to a large bowl
Combine well until the mixture is smooth. If needed, add more water.

Form balls and place them in the arepa maker

Creamy Avocado Filling
Vegan Mozzarella from Aldi
This recipe makes about 11 (lovely) arepas
This was my toddler’s arepa; with butter, cheese and “eggies”.
This was my arepa; with butter, veggie meat (seitan), avocado, and vegan mozzarella cheese.

I have to tell you, once you try arepas, you are going to eat them forever.  You cannot live without eating arepas at least once a month.  It is just one of those meals that are so full of flavor, with so many options for fillings, and a crowd pleaser.

Here is the link to get a similar arepa maker (mine is very old);


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