Colombian Arepas



Arepas are one of my favorite dishes from Colombia. If you don’t know what an arepa is, it is a type of tortilla made from corn. You can eat them with a cup of hot chocolate for breakfast, or as a side dish with dinner. I was lucky enough to have my dad teach me how to make authentic arepas before moving to Chicago. Here’s how you can make them too!



– 4 cups precooked white corn meal
– 1/4 cup unsalted butter
– 2 tsps salt
– 3 cups queso blanco
– 5 1/2 cups water


1. Place corn mealΒ into a large bowl. Grate the cheese and add it to the meal.
2. Add 3 cups of water to the mealΒ and cheese mixture.
3. Melt the butter and add to the mixture.
4. Place 1 cup of warm water in a small bowl and use it to dissolve the salt. Add salt water to dough.
5. Mix dough with a wooden spoon to combine all of the ingredients. Slowly add the remaining water while continuing to mix the dough.
6. Use your hands to mix dough until it is firm.
7. Once the dough is firm, roll it into balls about 1.5″ in diameter.
8. Use your hands to flatten the balls into 1/4″ thick circles.
9. Grease a pan and place on medium heat. Cook each side of the arepa for about 5-6 minutes.



  • Elly Smith

    Just made some of these for the first time and they are great! Thanks fror the recipe.

  • Michelle

    I would love to make these Arepas, what is precooked corn flour? Is there a specific brand that you can buy? Please email me back, been dying to try these. Thank you Michelle

    • Luisa

      Hi Michelle!

      My family uses Goya Mararepa White Corn Meal. It makes for the best taste and texture. You can usually find it in Latin grocery stores or even on Amazon!

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  • Shelly Gilad

    I was looking for arepas recipe and found yours. They look delicious! I want to make Arepas but not sure I can find precooked corn flour in Mallorca. Can I make them with organic corn flour? Shall I try or you think it would be a waste of time? Your blog is beautiful. Thank you :)

    • Luisa

      Hi Shelly!
      When I first moved away from home I actually tried to make arepas on my own and bought the first corn flour I could find and didn’t realize it wasn’t precooked. The arepas turned out fine and tasted good, but definitely not the same as the original Colombian arepas I grew up with. You could always try making a half recipe to see how they would be. Hope that helps!