30 minutes


  • 2 cups precooked cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • oil for pan frying

Filling Ideas:

  • Shredded chicken
  • black beans
  • sweet potatoes, sliced into thin pieces and sautéed in olive oil and salt
  • red onions (pickled? yum)
  • Cotija cheese
  1. Mix the precooked cornmeal and the salt. Add the water and whisk remove any lumps, then stir until combined. Let the mixture rest for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Using your hands, divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and flatten in gently to create a disk, about 1 inch thick (see pictures).
  3. Heat a thin layer of oil (about 1/4 inch deep) in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the arepas and fry for about 6 minutes on both sides. The arepas should get a dry fried exterior without getting overly brown. Set on paper towels to drain and cool.
  4. Cut the arepas in half and stuff with your fillings!

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