Have you wondered how to make arepas? Now you can make your own arepas at home with my easy recipe that only has 3 ingredients, Venezuelan arepas are so moist, yummy, gluten-free and vegan. Fill them with your favorite stuffing or eat plain as a side dish.


How To Make Arepas

I learned to make authentic Venezuelan Arepas recently as I had the pleasure of supervising the cafeteria for a Hispanic event of over 2000 people in attendance. Many popular Hispanic dishes were prepared from Puerto Rican Gandules Con Arroz, Dominican Mofongo and Cuban Tamales.

Years ago we ate Colombian Arepas and thought they were okay but when I tasted these Venezuelan Arepas I was hooked, I love how they were crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, unlike Colombian Arepas that were dry. I also love how the Venezuelan arepas are served stuffed.

Below are some of the amazing recipes served at the event:

How To Make Arepas plus other latin foods

What Is An Arepa?

Arepa is a corn griddle cake made from pre-cooked cornmeal, it is popular in Colombia and Venezuela, where it is served daily.

How To Make Arepas Ingredients

 How To Make Arepas?

The cornmeal is mixed with water and salt to form a dough then shaped into a circular disc like a pancake. It is cooked on an oiled griddle or skillet until crisp on the outside with a moist center. ‘

The arepas are split in the center and then filled with beans, cheese or your favorite filling.

How To Make Arepas

Some Filling Ideas Below:

Arepas With Black Beans, Baked Plantains And Guacamole

Serve your arepas with Black Beans, Baked Plantains And Guacamole.

How To Make Arepas With Black Beans Plantains And Guacamole

Arepas With Vegan Jackfruit Carnitas

Arepas are so delicious served with Jackfruit Carnitas And how about some Coleslaw?

How to Make Arepas With Jackfruit Carnitas

Arepas With Scrambled Tofu

A great breakfast treats Arepas stuffed with Mexican Style Scrambled Tofu, or how about this Easy Scrambled Tofu Recipe. For a Jamaican-style breakfast then arepas filled with my Vegan Ackee would be amazing!

How To Make Arepas Scramble

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 110 kcal / 460 kJ
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbs: 23 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 20 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • For: 8 servings



  1. Mix arepa flour and salt. Slowly add warm water and knead to form a dough ball. Rest dough for about 5 minutes.
  2. Divide dough into 6-8 pieces, roll into a ball in the palm of hands. Flatten dough to form a disk about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Heat Griddle or cast iron skillet with oil over medium-high heat. Add arepas and cook for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  4. Using a knife cut arepas down the center but leaving the back ends attached. Stuffed with black beans, plantains, guacamole, jackfruit carnitas, scrambled tofu or your favorite stuffing and serve immediately.


  1. To store arepas, keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, for 3 months in the freezer.
  2. To reheat,  preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush arepas with water, wrap arepas with parchment paper and/or foil, place in the oven for 15 minutes.


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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.