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Colombian arepas
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Colombian Arepas

Colombian white corn tortillas
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: colombian
Servings: 6 arepas
Calories: 139kcal
Author: Cari


  • 2 cups of masarepa of your choice
  • 2 ¼ cups water
  • pinch of salt optional


  • Add the water and salt (optional) to a large bowl.
  • Slowly mix in the masarepa and about ½ cup at a time. Using your hands, knead the masa unit a smooth dough is formed. If you find the masa to be too dry and crumbly add ¼ cup of water. If you see your dough is too mushy, add more masarepa. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Form balls the size of a medium onion and place them between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Flatten with a rolling pin to your desired thickness.
  • Using a dessert plate or soup bowl (about 6-7 inches in diameter), cut the dough into circles through the plastic wrap. Remove excess dough and use it to make more arepas.
  • Set your stovetop to medium and place your arepa on your arepa grill. Cook for about two minutes on each side or until cooked and lightly toasted.
  • Once cooked, eat as is or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for upto a week.


  • If you have a tortilla press, you can use that instead to flatten the dough. Be sure to wrap it plastic wrap so the dough doesn't stick to the press. 
  • If you don't have an arepa grill, you can use a nonstick frying pan to toast them 
  • Do not stack your arepas on top of each other. They will stick to one another and become soggy. Place a paper towel between each arepa to avoid this. 
  • You can freeze your arepas for upto 3 months. If cooking from frozen, place the arepa in the microwave with a damp paper towel for 30 seconds on high heat. Then cook regularly. This helps avoid the arepa cracking in half. 


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3mg