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Four arepas placed in a row on a white plate on top of a wooden table

Colombian Homemade Arepas

Arepas are made with masarepa (corn dough that has been dried and ground down). The beauty of them is in their simplicity and how they can be paired with just about anything.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 12 Arepas


  • cups water
  • 2 cups masarepa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cups shredded cheese
  • butter for grilling


  • Pour water into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the masarepa and salt evenly in the water. Mix until combined.
  • Add cheese to the arepa dough and mix until combined. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  • While the dough is resting, heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Once the dough has rested, use your hands to begin forming 12 arepas. To achieve this, grab about a ½ cup of the dough and roll between your hands creating a ball. Then gently pat the dough down with your fingers to create a flat pattie shape. Repeat this process untill all the dough has been formed.
  • Grease the pan with butter and gently place an arepa in it. Cook for 5 minutes per side until the arepa starts to brown.
  • Once evenly griddled, allow the arepas to cool slightly before adding toppings and serving warm.