Arepa Bites with Shredded Beef and Avocado

by Erica Dinho on January 28, 2013

Arepa Bites with Shredded Beef and Avocado

Arepa Bites with Shredded Beef and Avocado

The versatility of arepas is just one of the many reasons why I love them so much. I eat arepas every day for breakfast, but I am a happy girl eating them for lunch, snacks and dinner too. I am always looking for new ways to make them and I already have many recipes for arepas on this blog.

Arepa Bites with Shredded Beef and Avocado

Thinking about the Super Bowl next weekend, I came up with the idea of making arepa bites, and I knew it would be the perfect treat for guests. These Arepa Bites with Shredded Beef and Avocado are excellent for entertaining. Regardless of the event, this recipe just has to be part of your menu.

The arepas have to be made the same day, but the shredded beef (Carne Desmechada o Ropa Vieja) can be made the day before.

Buen provecho!

Arepa Bites with Shredded Beef and Avocado

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(12 bites)

Arepa Bites with Shredded Beef and Avocado


  1. To make the arepa bites:
  2. Combine the cornmeal, warm water, cumin, cheese, butter and salt, mixing thoroughly. Let mixture stand for five minutes.
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  4. Knead with your hands for about 3 minutes moistening your hands with water as you work. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
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  6. Form small balls with the dough. Spray your muffin tin with non-stick spray. Place one ball in each muffin cup and press with your fingers to make small shells.
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  8. Meanwhile mix the avocado, lime juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
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  10. Bake for about 20 minutes. Place them on a serving plate, then fill each bite with shredded beef and garnish with avocado pieces and cilantro leaves. Serve WARM!
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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karen January 28, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I can think of so many things that would be delicious in these arepa shells!


2 January 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Really like this little ‘food container’, very versatile. Great choice here with shredded beef and yummy avocado


3 Belinda @zomppa January 28, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Love these shapes! What a wonderful appetizer…meal…breakfast…lunch…you’re right, I could eat them any time.


4 Barbara January 29, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Looks delicious, Erica. So many things you can put in arepas….I really must make them soon.


5 Paola January 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Erika, you are so creative. This is a great idea! I am Colombian as well living in the US. Your blog is a great blessing. Please keep up the good work.


6 Erika January 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

What a great idea! I have had patacón in this bowl shape filled with hogao in Colombia many times but have never seen arepas this way. I also love that you seasoned the arepa masa. Can’t wait to try this!


7 Chris February 15, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Pinned this one too! I am soooooooo doing this with pulled pork, carne asada or anything else. GREAT idea.


8 Erica February 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Pulled pork sounds delicious,Chris!


9 Nathalie February 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I made this with poached shrimp, avocado, cilantro, lime jiuce, tomatoes and queso fresco. I liked the contrast of the cool salad with the warm arepa, but I thought the arepa came out too hard. I made them in a tart pan instead of 12 muffin pan so perhaps that was an issue. I liked the presentation so I’ll try it again to see if I feel differently.


10 Adriana July 24, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Erika, te felicito por tu blog. tienes las recetas tambien en espanol? aunque asi las entiendo , tengo unos amigos Mexicanos que las quisieran en espanol.


11 Erica Dinho July 24, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Hola Adriana,

Estoy trabajando en eso y espero poder tener la pagina en Español pronto!


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