Arepa con Quesito Colombiano (Corn Cake with Fresh Cheese)

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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.

Arepa con quesito

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.

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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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  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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 )

  3. Tiffani says

    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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