Colombian Arepas - Familia Fine Foods, Burlington
Colombian Arepas
Colombian Arepas

Colombian Arepas


June 29, 2018

Recipe courtesy of Familia Fine Foods
Visit them at 17-3245 Harvester Rd, Burlington


White or Yellow Pre-Cooked Corn Meal (2 cups)

Water (2.5 cups)

Salt (1tsp)

Butter (1tbsp) * optional

Cheese (1/2 cup) * optional


For the Dough

1Pour the water into a container. Add the salt and the corn meal gradually. Knead until smooth dough is formed and let rest for 3 minutes.

For the arepa

1Divide the dough into 10 portions, take one portion in your hands and shape it into a ball, then press it with your palms to form a large patty shape (about 10 cm in diameter). Place the patty onto a griddle, BBQ or frying pan over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

What Next?

1Keep it simple and spread butter on top, with a bit of salt to taste.

2Spread some of Familia's signature guacamole on top and add queso fresco (Fresh Spanish Cheese).

3Get creative - top them with tuna fish for a healthy lunch, or grilled veggies for a dinner side ... they work with everything!

4Fill the arepa with something delicious. We recommend pulled chicken, Familia's favourite Ropa Vieja (go to for this recipe!), or cheese.

Looking for a healthy snack this summer? Try these gluten free, low carb, easy to make Arepas!

Arepa is one of the most popular dishes in Colombia, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They can be served as appetizers, snacks or side dishes, but they can also easily make a full meal. These delicious corn cakes can be prepared with so many different types of fillings and toppings. You can stick to the classic recipes or you can create your own by combining ingredients and flavours you love, or whatever you have available in the fridge at home. Try the original 100% natural arepas at Familia Fine Foods, or pick up some of their corn meal flour and make them at home with this easy recipe. 


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