Arepa con Quesito Colombiano (Corn Cake with Fresh Cheese)

by Erica Dinho on October 31, 2009

Azulina Ceramics (Hand Painted in Colombia)

Today I feel like blogging about this traditional Colombian arepa dish. Arepa with butter and quesito (fresh cheese) is what I usually eat for breakfast everyday. It is simple and quick to make and one of my favorites.


Arepa is a cake made of  maize dough or precooked flour (masarepa) traditional in Colombia and Venezuela. In Colombia is traditional to  make them with fresh corn , but today arepas usually made using pre-cooked white corn flour. Arepas are eaten Colombia, at all times of day.

Arepa con Quesito

Arepas can be made in different sizes and, thicknesses  and can be baked, fried or grilled. They can be eaten alone, with butter, and cheese or any food can act as a topping.

In my homestate of Antioquia, there are a couple of foods that almost everyone eats daily. One is bean stew, which is usually eaten for dinner and the other is arepa with butter topped with quesito and hot chocolate, which is served for breakfast.

Queso Fresco002

Quesito Colombiano

Quesito is a fresh cheese made with cow’s milk that is creamy, soft and delicious. In Colombia we use it as a topping for arepas and to bake some of our cheese breads.
Here in the United States you can find some substitutes such as Mexican queso fresco or fresh farmer’s cheese.

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How to Make  Arepas

My Favorite Breakfast Ingredients

Arepa with butter
Queso Fresco o Quesito
Hot chocolate

All About Arepas

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim October 31, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Looks great Erica! I can see why this is such a tasty breakfast.


2 nora@ffr October 31, 2009 at 4:37 PM

yummy!!! happy halloween to you too!! :)


3 Simply Life October 31, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Oh I’ve never thought about having this – that cheese looks amazing!


4 rebecca subbiah October 31, 2009 at 5:35 PM

oh love the look of the cheese looks like feta


5 Erica October 31, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!


6 Danielle October 31, 2009 at 8:39 PM

queso fresco is probably just about my favorite cheese.


7 Joy October 31, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Bread and cheese! We all do it so differently! I love your breakfast dish, including the Hot Chocolate!


8 Nat October 31, 2009 at 11:12 PM

What a lovely breakfast…. !!!! Paired with a mug of hot chocolate….sounds wonderful !


9 Tangled Noodle October 31, 2009 at 11:19 PM

I found masarepa today!! I can’t wait to try your arepa recipes now. But you’ve also given me another challenge – to find Quesito Casero . . . !


10 Erica November 1, 2009 at 7:33 AM

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments!


11 Sophie November 1, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Queso fresco colombiano está muy delicioso!

Un desayuno muy magnífico!!!


12 Oysterculture November 1, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Happy Halloween to you too! I don’t have to tell you that this looks darn good and I will be making it some day soon. I cannot wait to give it a try, I love cheese, I love corn you’ve combined the two which in my book makes everything all right!


13 Olga November 1, 2009 at 9:02 PM

sometimes the simplest dishes are the best. I think fresh tomatoes and basil would be good with this too (not Colombian, I know, but still :O )


14 Janis Bland November 4, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Think this might just be on the menu for Saturday! :)


15 Erica November 7, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Thank you all for visiting!


16 Tiffani April 13, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Hola! I went to Colombia with my husband for two weeks. He is from a town about 8 hours from Bogota. He was born and raised there. I still don’t know how to make Colombian food, due to the fact that his mother doesn’t want to show me. But I think your website will help me learn on my own! We ate Arepas every morning at his grandmothers house, and they were SOOOOOO good!!!!
Thanks for sharing all these recipes!


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