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Colombian Arepas

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  • Prep Time: 0 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 hours
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 4 to 5 arepas 1x
  • Category: Arepas, Breakfast, Colombian, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Colombian


  • 1 cup (240 ml) warm water
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 cup (150 g) pre-cooked white corn meal
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Mix the water, salt, corn meal, butter and cheese in a bowl large enough to knead the dough.
  2. Knead until all the ingredients are mixed well and the dough has a soft consistency. If the dough is too dry, add a little bit more water. If it’s too wet, add more corn meal.
  3. Start forming balls the size of a medium orange and place them between two sheets of plastic. Flatten them with a rolling pin to your desired thickness.
  4. Cut the dough through the top plastic sheet with a bowl, glass, cookie cutter, etc., take off the plastic, the excess dough and now you have a perfectly shaped arepa.
  5. Cover a griddle or pan with butter spray or a stick butter. Turn on the stove on to medium high and when the griddle is hot enough, add the arepas and grill them for 5 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown. Serve immediately.