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Arepa Recipes That'll Introduce You To This South American Culinary Gem

You want this.

We're willing to bet you've eaten tortillas. Chances are you've tried a gordita (thanks to Taco Bell). You may have even heard of a Salvadorian papusa. But arepas? Those thick, round cornmeal flatbreads popular in Colombia and Venezuela -- the likelihood that you've had the opportunity to enjoy one of those are slim. Arepas have not yet entered the mainstream North American food consciousness, and it's time we change that.

Arepas are crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside -- just like a great piece of bread. They can be fried, baked, boiled or steamed. Eaten plain, topped with butter or split in half and stuffed with sandwich fixings. Each and every possibility is great, but we're particularly fond of stuffing them.

Since you probably can't go out and buy one, you're going to have to make your own. But don't worry, it's totally worth it. Get the recipe to make arepas over here, and then stuff them with the ideas below.

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Vegetarian Arepas With Avocado And Plantains
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Get the Vegetarian Arepas with Avocado and Plantains recipe from Kendra Vaculin via Food52
2
Arepas With Chicken And Avocado
Panning the Globe
Get the Arepas With Chicken And Avocado recipe from Panning the Globe
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Arepas Filled With Carnitas And Guasacaca
Spoon Fork Bacon
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Spring Chorizo Arepas
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Get the Spring Chorizo Arepas recipe from ligheterandlocal via Food52
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Black Bean And Chili Scrambled Egg Arepas
Get the Black Bean and Chili Scrambled Egg Arepas recipe from sporkme via Food52
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Arepa Pizza
Spoon Fork Bacon
Get the Arepa Pizza recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon
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Arepas With Guasacaca
Use Real Butter
Get the Arepas with Guasacaca recipe from Use Real Butter

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