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Arepas - are flat, round, savory unleavened patties made with only 5 ingredients; crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. A Latin-American staple that can be enjoyed plain, on the side or stuffed with just about anything you like!
Course Appetizers, Breakfast, Party food, Sides
Cuisine Latin American
Keyword arepa, arepas, clotted cream. snacks, corn cakes, easy breakfast, unleavened
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 - 10 arepas
Calories 198kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • 2 cups (228 g) areparina flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) salt
  • 2 tablespoon (28 g)melted unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (474 ml) warm water
  • ½ cup (66 g) mozzarella cheese (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) cooking oil


  • In a large bowl, combine arepa flour and salt and mix until fully combined. Make a well in the center and add in the melted butter and water. Gradually stir using a wooding spoon until no dry lumps remain. Adjust the consistency by adding more flour or water as needed, the dough is ready when it doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl or your fingers. Let it rest for about 5 minutes to hydrate.
  • Grab 3 tablespoons of the dough and form a ball, gently press dough between your palms to flatten forming about ¼ inch thick patty. Pay attention to the edges so as to not leave cracks. If using cheese, make a little well in the center of the dough ball before flattening. Place flattened dough on a greased parchment paper and repeat the process for the remaining dough. 
  • Heat oil in a large cast-iron or non sticky skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the arepas in batches, flipping once, until golden brown in patches, for about 5-8 minutes on each side. Drain on a paper towel.
  • Transfer arepas to a wire rack and let it cool. Split arepas and stuff with desired filling; shredded chicken, shredded pork, guacamole, butter, maple syrup or enjoy as is.


  1. Arepas can be stored covered in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days or in the freezer in a freeze safe bag for about a month.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 5mg | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 0.2mg