- How to make -


What is an arepa?

It’s a classic Venezuelan and Colombian corn meal pocket that can be stuffed with any fillings you’d like and enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Several years ago I visited my dear friend Liz for a weekend in New York. Liz took me to the most wonderful little restaurant, an arepa bar called Caracas.

I’ve meant to share a recipe ever since that night and finally have one ready for you!

How to make them

Knead the dough until smooth, then divide into 8 balls, and flatten into discs.


Use a skillet or grill pan to cook the arepas until nice and toasty golden.


Cut in half with a knife, either completely, or just to create a pocket.


There are endless filling combinations to try, so feel free to experiment.

Here are some delicious Arepa fillings:

Fried Plantain Slices

Roasted sweet potatoes

Shredded Jackfruit

Guyanés Cheese

Chipotle Sofritas


Sliced Avocado