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Arepas with Pericos and Avocado
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4.34 from 3 votes


Arepas are a patty-like food made from ground corn flour and mixed with warm water. They're most popular in Colombia and Venezuela. I like them filled with cheese and served for breakfast with huevos pericos and avocado.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Colombian, Hispanic Recipes, Latin America, Latino Food, Venezuelan
Servings: 10 arepas
Cost: $5


  • 1 teaspoon tablespoon kosher salt (15g)
  • 1 2/3 warm water (380ml)
  • 250 grams masarepa flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 ounces sliced mozzarella sliced


  • In a medium bowl, mix together the salt and warm water until the salt dissolves. Add the masarepa flour and mix with a spoon until mostly combined. Then knead the dough until it comes together in a mass. Add in the softened butter and knead again. Lastly, mix in the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Separate the dough into balls and form them into patties using your palms. It should be about 1/2-inch thick and a 3-inch diameter. Brush a cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet with a bit of butter or avocado oil and place over medium heat.
  • When warm, add the arepas to the pan and cook on each side for about 4 to 5 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Remove from heat and slice open. Add slice of cheese to the inside and return to the skillet until cheese has melted.


Calories: 350kcal