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.


  • 4 cups Harina PAN https://amzn.to/3fdqRGW
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella shredded cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon flaxmeal


  • 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 https://wp.me/pcOthW-eL

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 https://amzn.to/3f53YWd

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);  https://amzn.to/3f53YWd.