Learn to Make Mouthwatering Colombian Arepas

We are excited to share a very simple Colombian dish that can be enjoyed with almost anything, Arepas! The Arepa is one of the most popular foods in Colombia and they are served in almost every home. Sort of like the tortilla in Mexico. There are different versions of arepas throughout Colombia, every region having its own variation. The recipe we are sharing with you is for a simple, cheese arepa.

The main ingredients for making Arepas is corn meal which is mixed with water along with, in this receipe, mozzarella cheese and salt. The most important part of this is the corn meal, now it’s not your everyday yellow corn meal, you must use a corn meal that says for arepas. This special corn meal you can find on Amazon. You can buy the Arepas corn meal here.

Arepas are very versatile and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They can be served as appetizers, snacks or side dishes but they can also easily make a full and satisfying meal. These delicious corn cakes can be prepared with so many different types of fillings or toppings. You can stick to the classic ones or you can create your own based on inspiration from other dishes. You can combine flavors and ingredients that you love, or simply use the ingredients you have available at home. Literally the sky is the limit with arepas so feel free to put your own topping – shredded beef, avocado, onions– whatever takes your fancy!

Learn how to make these tasty Arepas from Diana on Sweet and Salty in a step by step video on YouTube here. Diana was born in Colombia but raised in the U.S. She enjoys making these delicious recipes to bring her closer to her cultures and roots.

Enjoy this recipe – you really can’t go wrong!


Video still of a flat, round, unleavened piece of dough called arepa being pulled apart to show the mozzarella on the inside

Feature photo of Colombian Arepas courtesy of AmigoFoods