I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for P.A.N. Cornmeal. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
When I share a recipe here on my blog I try to make sure it’s not too labor intensive. I’m a busy mom just like the majority of my readers and I don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen. Most of the recipes I share have become staples in my house because of how easy they are to cook. Today’s recipe is no different and I’m excited to share it with you! The last three months, I’ve had the pleasure of working with P.A.N. Cornmeal create some delicious recipes like these Silver Dollar Corn Cakes and this delicious Breakfast Pizza with a Cornmeal crust. Today’ I’m sharing another delicious recipe with you – Homemade Arepas. This is one recipe that you’ll want to pin to save for later. The great thing about arepas, which are basically a yummy flat bread made from cornmeal is how versatile they are.
I’ve never made areaps before but now that I know how incredible easy they are to make, I’ll definitely be making them again. Everyone loved them, even my son who is a picky eater loved them. For the filling on mine, I made a meat mixture I would typically put in my empanadas and they turned out amazing!
Making fresh, homemade arepas couldn’t be any easier. With just three ingredients, I put a delicious new spin on one of my husband’s favorite recipes.
To make the arepas, you’ll need P.A.N. Cornmeal, water and salt. P.A.N. Cornmeal, the number one cornmeal in South America, has been around for many years in South American countries and only recently began making it’s way into kitchens in the USA. Even though corn is native to the Americas, cornmeal is a staple in countries all over the globe due to its rich nutrients and versatility.
For the Arepas:
- 2 cups of P.A.N. Cornmeal
- 2 1/2 cups of water
- 1 tsp. salt
For the ground beef:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 packets Sazon
- 1 tsp. Adobo
- 2 tbsp. water
In a large bowl, slowly add cornmeal and salt to water. Knead into a ball and let siti for 3 minutes.
Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a frying pan.
In another pan, brown one pound of ground beef.
Separate dough into 10 portions. Roll each portion into a ball, press down to flatten and set aside. Repeat for all balls. Fry each Arepa for 5 minutes on each side until browned.
Remove from heat and drain on paper towel.
Drain ground beef and return to pan. Add 2 tbsp. water, 2 packets of Sazon, 1 tsp. of Adobo to meat and mix well. Cook until water is absorbed.
Slice the arepa almost all the way through, making a pocket. Fill with meat mixture and enjoy.
I think my favorite part may be just how versatile they are. Arepas can be used to replace plain old sandwich bread to create any number of delicious recipes. For more recipe inspiration, you can visit
What would you put on your arepas?