Breakfast, Sides, Vegetarian

Arepas are a cheesy like-pancake from Colombia and Venezuela. They are made from P.A.N., a corn flour and filled with melty cheese and served as breakfast, lunch or a midday snack.

Arepas Cheese Pull

These were sorta sometimes my breakfast as a kid.

My mom isn’t Colombian so this wasn’t something she made for us. Instead, it was something that my dad’s aunt taught me how to make. But since I was a lazy teenager, I never wanted to make them. I’d drive to this little Colombian restaurant near my house where they sold them frozen in batches of twelve. I’d just heat them up in oven and boom…breakfast, lunch, a snack.

They always were more cheesy than maybe arepas should be and I was totally ok with that. This and a Colombiana (a bright orange soda) were always my favorite after-school combination. In fact, all of my friends–none who were Colombian or even Latino–would come with me to the Colombian restaurant them with me.

P.A.N. corn flour

Arepas are made with MASA. It’s considered more like corn flour than corn meal.

They couldn’t be simpler. Once the corn flour is mixed with a combination of warm water, butter and salt, it rests. This gives you time to get your skillet on the stove and your mozzarella cheese all ready.

A lot of these types of recipes are by feel. My tia never really gave me a recipe, she just taught me basic measurements and more about how things should feel and take shape. Latinos are fun like that!

Warm water being mixed with P.A.N. for arepas

Arepas dough being mixed

Arepas dough being stuffed with cheese

And then the arepas are formed and stuffed with shredded mozzarella. You could get fancy with your cheese but I decided to keep it classic and simple.

Shaping Arepas

Cheesy Arepas

After they’re cooked on a flat top with a pat of butter, you’re supposed to pour the coffee, add the milk, pull out the paper (or your iPad)…and chill.

When you pull the arepa apart, the cheese will be melty and gooey and make you realize that cheese-pulls are one of the best things in the entire world.

Cheesy Arepas


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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 6 arepas
Calories: 350kcal
Arepas are a cheesy-filled like-pancake from Colombia and Venezuela.


  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups yellow or white corn flour, P.A.N flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoons unsalted butter, for the pan


  • In a medium bowl, mix together the warm water, butter and salt. Place corn flour in another bowl, making a well in the center. Pour the liquid into the well, mixing with you hands until thoroughly combined. At first dough will stick to your hands; continue until it's soft and no longer sticky. Cover with a damp linen and allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Separate the dough into 6 balls. Place the ball onto your palm, and flatten the ball into a disc, alternating between your two hand, that is 1/4-inch thick and 3-inches in diameter. To the center, add a tablespoon (you can eye ball this measurement) of mozzarella to the center. Fold in the sides until the mozzarella is no longer visible. And then gently form it into a 1/2-inch thick disc and press around the edges to eliminate any cracks.
  • Over moderately medium-high heat, brush the skillet with about the butter. Once the skillet is hot, add the arepas, being sure to not overcrowd the pan. Cook for 7-10 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Transfer the cooked arepas to a warm oven until you've gone through all 6.
CourseBreakfast, Snack
CuisineColombian, Hispanic Recipes, Latin America, Latino Food, Venezuelan
Keywordarepas, cheesy arepas, colombian arepas, venezuelan arepas
Calories: 350kcal
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  • Reply marianto jaramillo March 31, 2016 at 6:38 am

    yess venezuelan represent hahahahhahaha i LOved

  • Reply Shikha @ Shikha la mode February 22, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    omg omg omg I LOVE arepas. I seriously could eat them all the time. Cant’ wait to try this out!!

  • Reply Kate February 21, 2016 at 5:27 am

    I’ve never made arepas, these look like the ultimate breakfast comfort food. I’m sure it’s faux pas but I can see a little salsa verde or guacamole going mighty nicely with these. Yum!

  • Reply Kari February 17, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I’ve never heard of these before but they look delicious!!

  • Reply Nora February 16, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    These look so yummy and tasty!

  • Reply Heather February 16, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    There’s nothing better than gooey cheese! I had arepas when I was in Colombia last year and I’ve been wanting to make my own ever since… I need to get on it!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 17, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Yes! They’re so much easier than you would think. Hope you like ’em!

  • Reply Gal F. February 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Do these freeze well?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 17, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Yes, they do! I’d make them completely, let them cool to room temperature and then place them on a sheet pan and stick ’em in the freezer for 1 hour. When they’re mostly frozen, I’d put them all in a freezer-safe plastic bag, separated by small sheets of parchment.

  • Reply Laura (A Beautiful Plate) February 16, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Could I do this in a sheet pan?! HA! 🙂

  • Reply Mary Ann February 16, 2016 at 9:53 am

    This is the breakfast recipe I have been waiting for. Trying to stay away from wheat, needing protein and easy! Thanks Adrianna, pet Amelia for me!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 17, 2016 at 10:52 am

      I just did and she says thank you and hi! 😉

  • Reply Nizzi February 16, 2016 at 9:22 am

    These look amazing and I can’t wait to make them! Is cornmeal an okay substitute for the corn flour in this recipe? Maybe I can run it through a food processor until it’s finely ground?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 17, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Hmm…that might work actually. I’m not sure because I haven’t tried it but if you put it in the food processor I can’t imagine it not working!

  • Reply Karen Hilliard February 16, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Those look so yummy and they look easy. I’m trying them soon. Technically gluten free as well!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar February 16, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I LOVE apepas! I haven’t made them myself though, so trying this version is definitely something I’ll be doing soon. Woo hoo!