I have always loved getting a nice, hot Arepa Con Queso at the Dade County Youth Fair in Miami! This Arepas Con Queso Recipe is easy to make and allows you to bring home that delicious fair and festival food, no matter what time of year it is!
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What Are Arepas?
Arepas are a popular street food in Venezuela and South America. The dough is made from cornmeal and stuffed with a variety of different things. Some people stuff arepas with meat, cheese, rice, or veggies.
I took the classic arepas recipe and added my favorite queso. The result is out of this world!
Arepas Con Queso Recipe
I would have never guessed how to make Arepas with Cheese at home until I had to research recipes when Angeline was asked to bring a dish from her Venezuelan heritage back in preschool. She is ⅛ Venezuelan from her father's side of the family.
While that is a very small percentage of her heritage, the rest of it is a bunch of Northern and Southern European from my side and her father's side; think Irish, English, German, Italian. Other than that, we have Cuban in our family as well, which is basically ALL OF MIAMI.
It is all pretty boring and nothing for anyone to really get excited about because it is just so common. So we figured out something different to make!
If you like food with a little spice, make some chicken fajitas next! They taste delicious with the arepas.
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How Many Arepas It Makes
This recipe will make four servings of arepas. It takes about 5 minutes prep time and each arepa only takes about 5 minutes to cook.
How to make this Arepas Con Queso Recipe
All the exact ingredient amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. First, here is what you'll need from the store for this easy arepas recipe.
- Masarepa (also known as white corn meal - I used the brand P.A.N.)
- Hot water
- Shredded cheese
- Salt, or to taste
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Here are some step-by-step photos showing you how to make these simple arepas.
Mix all of the ingredients in a medium size bowl until you get a dough, and make sure it is kneaded well enough that you can form a ball from the dough.
Divide the Arepa dough into four even dough balls.
Dip each dough ball in a bowl of cold water, so that it does not stick, and then place the dough ball onto a piece of nonstick plastic wrap.
Fold the plastic wrap over the ball and press down with a plate. Make them as thick or thin as you like. Repeat this with each ball of dough.
In a medium skillet pan, heat a little bit of vegetable oil over medium heat and fry each arepa for about 2-4 minutes on each side, or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.
Be careful not to overcook the Arepas! Then add cheese on top of the arepa and let it melt on low heat for a few more minutes.
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Arepas Con Queso Recipe
- Mixing Bowl
- Plastic Wrap
- 1 cup masarepa also known as white corn meal - I used the brand P.A.N.
- 1 cup hot water
- ¼ cup of shredded cheese
- ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
- Mix all of the ingredients in a medium size bowl until you get a dough, and make sure it is kneaded well enough that you can form a ball from the dough.
- Divide the Arepa dough into four even dough balls.
- Dip each dough ball in a bowl of cold water, so that it does not stick, and then place the dough ball onto a piece of nonstick plastic wrap.
- Fold the plastic wrap over the ball and press down with a plate. Make them as thick or thin as you like. Repeat this with each ball of dough.
- In a medium skillet pan, heat a little bit of vegetable oil over medium heat and fry each arepa for about 2-4 minutes on each side, or until the edges begin to turn golden brown.
- Be careful not to overcook the Arepas! Then add cheese on top of the arepa and let it melt on low heat for a few more minutes.