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Arepas de Queso (Cheese Arepas)

Arepas de Queso are made with pre-cooked corn flour, butter and cheese. These arepas usually eaten for breakfast and popular in Colombia and Venezuela.

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Corn cake is a typical Colombian dish from the region antioch, my home state. They are made with pre-cooked corn flour or masarepa. There are many variations of this dish in the country and depending on the region and cook, you will also find arepas made with yuca, plantains, sweet corn, dried corn and potatoes.

I love eating warm Cheese Arepas for breakfast, spread with butter and more cheese on top, with a good cup of Colombian hot chocolate.

Colombian arepas are very versatile because they can be topped or filled with your favorite ingredients and served for breakfast, appetizer, lunch or dinner.

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These Cheese Corn cakeyes are an essential part of the Colombian daily diet. You can serve them as a main course or appetizer with any topping you like. I love making small sized arepas de queso with hogao. They are absolutely delicious!

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What You’ll Need to Make Cheese Arepas

Pre-Cooked Cornmeal: This is the main ingredient to make this dish and can’t be replaced. You can find it online or at your local supermarket.

Toilet: To make the dough and should be lukewarm.

Cheese: I like to use grated mozzarella cheese for this recipe, but feel free to use any melting cheese.

butter: Unsalted butter to make the dough and to cook the arepas.

Salt: To add flavor to the dough.

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Cheese Arepas Recipe (Cheese Arepas)

Erica Dinho

Prep Time 5 mins

cook time 6 mins

total time eleven mins

course Main Course

Cuisine Colombian

Servings 4 arepas

calories 181 kcal


  • 1 cup pre-cooked white or yellow arepa flour or cornmeal
  • 1 cup warm water
  • cup white or mozzarella cheese thanked
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • pinch jumped


  • Combine the cornmeal, warm water, cheese, 1 tbsp butter and salt, mixing thoroughly. Let mixture stand for five minutes.

  • Knead with your hands for about 3 minutes moistening your hands with water as you work.

  • Form 4 small balls with the dough. Place each ball between 2 plastic bags and with a flat pot cover flatten to ½ inch.

  • Add the butter to a nonstick pan over medium heat. Place the arepas in the pan, and cook about 3 minutes on each side, until a crust forms or they are golden brown.


*To make arepas you use precooked corn meal like Harina PAN or Goya many supermarkets have it in the international food isolate. You can also find it in Latino markets or Amazon.
*Store cooked arepas in a zip lock bag in the fridge up to 5 days or store them in the freezer for up to 30 dayss.


calories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 6gfat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgsodium: 630mgpotassium: 105mgFiber: 3gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 197UIcalcium: 185mgIron: 2mg

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More Arepas Recipes To Try:

Arepa with Guacamole and Shrimp

Arepas Stuffed with Cheese

Arepa Stuffed with Egg

Arepa with Chicken and Avocado

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About Erica Dinho

My name is Erica and I was born and raised in Colombia and now live in the northeastern United States with my husband and family. This blog was inspired by my grandmother, Mamita, who was an amazing traditional Colombian cook.

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