Are you looking for a delicious and fulfilling snack that you can prepare within 20 minutes? Then you must check out our easy and simple recipe for Colombian Arepas. If you have never tasted them, you must try this recipe right away. The arepas are crispy at the outside and tender at the inside. When stuffed with beef or chicken, they are incredibly scrumptious.
Arepas are tasty cornmeal cakes that are savored by people in many Latin American countries. They are fried, baked or grilled. The Columbian version of arepas is golden and crispy. While the outside portion fries up to give a crispy taste, the middle portion is moist and cheesy.
Colombian Arepas are served hot. You can fill them with various stuffings. For this recipe, we are using a chicken and beef filling, you can alternatively use scrambled eggs or shredded fish. If you are a vegetarian, you can add a vegetable filling of your choice. Black beans and cheese is a popular stuffing choice.
Shredded chicken and beef tossed with cheese, garlic, onion, jalapeno, and bell pepper just tastes heavenly. Cook the chicken and beef properly. After the chicken and beef are cooked, shred them gently with your hand or a fork. In a bowl, mix chicken or beef along with onion, garlic, bell pepper, cilantro, and jalapeno. You can also add avocado to enhance the taste and nutritional value. Season with salt and pepper.
You can make the chicken or beef stuffing a few hours before preparing the Colombian arepas. Sandwich the filling between freshly made arepas. You can use various types of cheese for this recipe such as mozzarella, ricotta, or feta. If the dough of the arepa is extremely dry, just add some more water. In case the dough is too moist, add some more maize flour.
Apart from being delicious, Colombian Arepas are also good for your health because they are gluten-free. As they are rich in protein and carbohydrates, they will make you feel energetic the whole day. This is one of the reasons why the this dish is also a popular choice for breakfast.
2 cups of lukewarm water
1½ cups of cheese
2 cups of maize flour
2 tablespoons of butter
A pinch of salt
In a large bowl, mix lukewarm water, flour, salt, and cheese.
Knead it well so that the dough of the arepa has a soft and fine consistency.
Make small round shaped balls from the dough.
Flatten the balls between your palms to form a thick patty. Press gently around the sides for eliminating cracks.
Transfer them to a paper-lined surface.
Heat butter in a non-stick skillet.
Fry the Colombian arepas in 2 batches. Turn over once. Keep frying until they become golden. It will take about 10 minutes.
Split the arepas open and stuff them with chicken and beef fillings.
You can enjoy the tasty Colombian arepas for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The versatile dish can be enjoyed in various ways with different types of stuffing.