Easy Recipe on How to Make Arepas

One of my mom’s close friends introduced me to arepas when I was eight years old. There has always been the disagreement about whether arepas are from Venezuela or Colombia. No one really knows the answer. All we know is that arepas are amazing. Arepas is a type of food that is made from ground maize dough. You can eat them just with butter or you can fill them with any toppings like eggs, chicken, avocado, steak, tomatoes, onions, bacon, etc. Pretty much anything you want. I tend to eat one plain arepa with just butter and then a second one with bacon, fried egg, cheese and avocado. This past weekend I decided to try and make them myself for the first time ever. They came out so delicious so I wanted to share the recipe with you. I also did a TikTok video that you can find here that explains it as well.


2 cups of harina PAN which you can buy here

2 cups of water

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

1/2 tablespoon of salt


  • Pour water, vegetable oil, salt and harina PAN into a large bowl (in that order)
  • Mix all of the ingredients with your hands until everything is blended together. You want it to have a Play-Doh consistency
  • Take a bit of dough at a time, make them into a ball and then flatten them out into a disc-like form
  • Spread vegetable oil in a large pan at medium-high heat
  • Place the arepas in the pan for 5-7 minutes and flip over for another 5-7 minutes
  • Enjoy!




    June 30, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Recipe Goals.

    June 30, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    My co-worker from Colombia made this for us from time to time as a Friday breakfast treat at work. She used PAN as well. The only difference is that she added a little bit of sugar to the dough. 🙂

    • kikacarvalho
      June 30, 2020 at 9:44 pm

      Yum! I’ll have to try that

        June 30, 2020 at 10:01 pm

        And I will try to make arepas using your recipe with a little bit of sugar! It got me craving for arepas! 🙂

  • VC Fashion
    August 25, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    I love arepa it’s an easy appetizer and delicious 🙂

  • Dale Parsons
    August 29, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Those look amazing, we’ll have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • kikacarvalho
      August 29, 2020 at 10:46 pm

      They are my favorite! Enjoy!

  • marciacoronado0698
    September 8, 2020 at 1:27 am


  • marciacoronado0698
    September 8, 2020 at 1:28 am

    Amazing! I will Try 🙂

  • Amber Carlson
    October 2, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Oh! I love arepas! And I’ve been wanting to try making them sometime. Thank you for this!!

    • kikacarvalho
      October 2, 2020 at 6:19 pm

      Of course!! Let me know how they turn out 🙂

  • johnprejean
    October 18, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Kika, are these anything like “gorditas”? My grandmother from Mexico used to make something like this basically but she’d slice them to make a pocket which she’d fill with her ground beef mixture cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes.


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